The Challenges of Performing the National Anthem

Monday, June 27, 2016
With summertime in full swing and the Fourth of July approaching, Duke music professor Susan Dunn can’t help but think of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “For professional singers, getting to sing the national anthem is a home run because it’s very impressive,” said Dunn, who is a former... Read More »

Chamber Music students perform for Duke Clinical Research Institute annual luncheon

Thursday, June 16, 2016
The audience was thrilled with the Duke student musicians: "I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Duke students’ performance. That first piece was quite intricate and required so much coordination. I was mesmerized as they performed it! The second number made my heart dance. What talent! Those... Read More »

Duke Student Synthesizes Music & Machinery

Friday, May 27, 2016
When rising sophomore Jeffrey Wubbenhorst began to restore a decommissioned synthesizer for his independent study, he wasn't sure what it would lead to. Fast forward a semester, and the Duke student and his refurbished Moog Synthesizer 1c -- affectionately nicknamed "Misty" or "Mystery Moog" --... Read More »

2016 Music Department Graduates

Friday, May 13, 2016
Music Graduation 2016 Undergraduate Degrees Conferred   First Major Judner (Jay) Attys ​Michael Devito, High Distinction: Paper, “Modern Jazz: a Study in Composition and Performance” Adriana Dickerson Sophia Santore, Distinction: Composition, It Happened, and... Read More »

2016 Music Department Award Winners

Friday, May 13, 2016
Department of Music Awards The Ann-Marie Parsons Memorial Prize:  Anderson Michael Speed This award was established in 1991 in memory of Ann-Marie Parsons (Trinity '92) and recognizes excellence in the field of jazz studies. The William Klenz Prize in Music Composition:... Read More »

Duke composers meet the North Carolina Symphony

Thursday, March 24, 2016
"Invès" by Yahn Wagner de Mello Pinto and "Vicious Circles" by Scott Lee were created especially for the orchestra.  The rehearsal capped a year-long engagement between the Duke University Department of Music and the North Carolina Symphony, including symposia, concerts, visiting... Read More »

David Kirkland Garner named to the faculty at the University of South Carolina

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
David Kirkland Garner received his Ph.D. in Composition in 2014.  Earlier this month, Mallarme Chamber Players premiered his new work for violin and piano, "The Sky Was Good for Flying," performed by Nicholas DiEugenio and Mimi Solomon.  The work was commissioned by DiEugenio and Solomon... Read More »

Thomas Brothers's "Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism" receives Irving Lowens Book Award

Monday, March 21, 2016
In awarding the prize the committee writes: "Armstrong is the central figure in the creation of jazz, and Brothers’ Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism is the first critical study to do him justice. This book follows Louis Armstrong through a crucial phase of his life, from his... Read More »

Marlissa Hudson (T '99): Building a Career in Classical Music

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Marlissa Hudson received her formal training with Susan Dunn at Duke (T '99) and continued her vocal studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She earned awards for music at both schools, including a Peabody Career Development Grant. Described as a “superb lyric... Read More »

Music alumni come together in NY to play chamber music

Thursday, February 18, 2016
​Wenjia Xu writes: "Despite our different interests in Economics, Engineering, and Medicine, our love for music brought the four of us together during our time as undergraduate students at Duke. As we were all involved in the Duke Symphony Orchestra and various chamber ensembles, it was... Read More »