Duke University String School
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|Duke University String School|
|Location||Durham, North Carolina, U.S.|
Duke University String School is staff of music teachers who teach students how to play music. DUSS has started school music programs in Dunn, Lillington and Durham, North Carolina. Students from DUSS have played for Candlelight tours of the White House, and have hosted many students from other countries to play with them.
Duke University String School began in January 1967 in a building owned by Duke University. It was founded by Arlene Di Cecco and Dorothy Kitchen. During this time the members of the Ciompi Quartet were part of the staff, but now serve only as advisors. At first, it was only Dorothy Kitchen, Arlene di Cecco, and 25 other students to whom they gave lessons. Three years after the start of the school an orchestra was added and chamber music groups soon after that. Now there are numerous private instructors, three orchestras at different advancement levels, at least ten chamber music groups per semester, a year long theory class and more than 250 students.
- Dorothy Kitchen - Director, Youth Orchestra Principal Conductor
- Stephanie Swisher - Assistant Director, Beginner 1, 2, 3, Intermediate II Conductor, Chamber Music
- Shelly Livingston - Youth Orchestra Assistant Conductor, Intermediate I Conductor, Chamber Music
- Rob Rempher - Assistant Intermediate II Conductor, Director of Chamber Music
- Frederic Alexandre Ayala - Violin, Chamber Music
- Matt Stutzman - Music Theory, Chamber Music
- Daniel Raimi - Jazz Teacher
- Robbie Link - Bass, Cello
- Jonathon Bagg - Ciompi Quartet Advisor, Viola
- Hsiao-mei Ku - Ciompi Quartet Advisor, Violin
- Fred Raimi - Ciompi Quartet Advisor, Cello