Lessons and Applied Music

Individual instrumental and vocal instruction can be pursued at different levels. Most music majors take one-hour weekly lessons, but half-hour lessons are also offered, and qualified juniors and seniors may pursue Independent Study in Performance, which is a full course culminating in a recital.

You don't have to be a Music major/minor to take lessons.

Fees, Course Credit & Audition Requirement

The applied lesson fee is waived only for music majors, for one area of study only. All applied lessons at Duke are offered by permission of the instructors after competitive auditions at the beginning of the semester. Click to see instructor contact information for auditions.

Group lessons: 

  • MUSIC 101-1 Class Piano, 101-2 Class Voice, 101-3 Class Guitar, 101-4 Class Djembe, 101-7 Class Brass, 101-6 African Dance Percussion; (half hour) 0.25 course credit. Fee per semester: $175.

Private lessons:

  • MUSIC 103-108 (half hour), 0.25 course credit. Fee per semester: $350
  • MUSIC 203-208 (one hour), 0.5 course credit. Fee per semester: $700


  • MUSIC 210-1, 210-2, 210-4, 211-1, 211-2, 213-1, 213-3, 0.5 course credit. There is no additional fee for enrolling in an ensemble.

Audition Schedules and Contacts

Signing up for Auditions

Sign-up sheets are posted outside the Music Department office (105 Biddle) for ensembles and private lessons, except for choral auditions (call 684-3898). Students are encouraged to sign up during orientation week. Unless otherwise noted, instrumental auditions are for Applied Lessons, Duke Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Chamber Music auditions are listed separately.

2017 Dates Time Ensemble/Instrument Study Area Location
Monday, Aug. 28 - Friday, Sept. 1 10 am - 5 pm Chorale & Chapel Choir (singers may audition for Chapel Choir through Oct. 1) 036 Westbrook (call 684-3898)
Saturday, Aug. 26 11 am - 12:30 pm Chapel Choir Open Rehearsal Duke Chapel
  1-2 pm OR 2:30-3:30 pm Ensemble Information Meetings: students interested in Music Dept. vocal and instrumental groups my attend EITHER of these sessions 019 Biddle (vocalists)
101 Biddle (instrumentalists)
Sunday, Aug. 27 9:15 am - 12 pm Chapel Choir Rehearsal and Service Duke Chapel
Monday, Aug. 28 4 - 7:30 pm Classical Piano 067 Biddle
  6 - 7:30 pm Saxophone, Euphonium, & Wind Symphony piano 019 Biddle
  6 - 9 pm Viola, Cello & Bass 084 Biddle
  6:30 - 10:30 pm Jazz Ensemble & Combos: Saxophones, Piano, Vibes & Vocalists 064 Biddle
  8 - 9 pm Classical Guitar 024 Biddle
Tuesday, Aug. 29 1:30 - 4 pm Voice 075 Biddle
  4:30 - 10 pm Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon 104 Biddle
  6:30 - 10:30 pm Jazz Ensemble & Combos: Trumpets and Trombones, Guitar, Bass, and Drums 064 Biddle
  7:30 - 8:30 pm Chorale Open Rehearsal 019 Biddle
  7:30 - 10 pm Chamber Music 083 Biddle
Wednesday, Aug. 30 10:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 - 4:30 pm Voice 075 Biddle
  4:40 - 6 pm Opera Workshop Info Session 075 Biddle
  6 - 7:50 pm Chapel Choir Open Rehearsal Duke Chapel
  6 - 9 pm Horn, Trumpet, Trombone & Tuba 019 Biddle
Thursday, August 31 6 - 11 pm Violin 084 Biddle
  6 - 7 pm Percussion Baldwin Auditorium


All applied lessons at Duke are offered by permission of the instructors after competitive auditions at the beginning of the semester. Please contact the appropriate teacher below if you have questions about lessons.

If you have questions about auditioning for the Duke Chorale or Chapel Choir, contact Rodney Wynkoop.  For the Jazz Ensemble, contact John Brown.  For the Duke Symphony Orchestra, contact Harry Davidson.  For the Wind Symphony, contact Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant.

Instrument Audition Contact Phone Email
Bass Michael Ashton   mykl.ashton@gmail.com
Bassoon Rebecca Libera   rebecca.libera@duke.edu
Cello Fred Raimi 919-660-3327 frr@duke.edu
Clarinet Jimmy Gilmore 919-781-3853 jimmyclarinet@gmail.com
Djembe/Afro Cuban Percussion Bradley Simmons   bradleys@duke.edu
Flute Carla Copeland-Burns 336-327-5019 carla.copelandburns@duke.edu
Classical Guitar Randy Reed 919-490-1920 rreed@duke.edu
Jazz Guitar Kevin Van Sant 919-660-3300 kvansantguitar@gmail.com
Harp Laura Byrne 919-845-8343 l.byrneharpist@gmail.com
Harpsichord Robert Parkins 919-660-3315 rparkins@duke.edu
Horn Rachel Niketopoulos   niketopoulos@earthlink.net
Oboe Bo Newsome 919-452-9293 bo.newsome@duke.edu
Organ Robert Parkins 919-660-3315 rparkins@duke.edu
Percussion Julia Thompson   jt255@duke.edu
Piano Jane Hawkins 919-660-3321 jhr@duke.edu
Randall Love 919-660-3334 rmlove@duke.edu
Pei-fen Liu 919-683-3066 peifen.liu@duke.edu
David Heid   dheid@duke.edu
Susan Greenberg   susie@duke.edu
Jazz Piano Ed Paolantonio 919-596-4410 ejp3@duke.edu
Saxophone Susan Fancher 336-340-5284 susan.fancher@duke.edu
Jazz Saxophone Dave Finucane 919-358-0753 dave.finucane@gmail.com
Trombone and Tuba Michael Kris 919-554-1562 mkris@email.unc.edu
Trumpet Don Eagle 919-783-4296 deagle001@gmail.com
Viola Jonathan Bagg 919-660-3331 jbagg@duke.edu


Hsiao-mei Ku 919-660-3329 hmku@duke.edu
Eric Pritchard 919-660-3325 epritch@duke.edu
Andrew Bonner   bonnerviolin@gmail.com
Mary Kay Robinson   marykayrobinson47@gmail.com
Voice Susan Dunn 919-660-3323 opera@duke.edu
Penelope Jensen 919-660-3312 ep.jensen@mindspring.com
Elizabeth Linnartz 919-660-3332 elizabeth.linnartz@duke.edu
Sandra Cotton   sandra.cotton@duke.edu