Master Classes with Lucas Meachem and Jennifer Koh

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The voice master class with Lucas Meachem took place on January 26, 2016 in the Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building.  Students participating: Samantha Arten, Alex Brunson, Shafali Jalota, Cole Jenson, and Madison Spahn. Jennifer Koh's violin master class, presented in... Read More »

2016 Benenson Awards in the Arts

Thursday, January 21, 2016
In the past, the Benenson Awards have supported projects such as:  the incorporation of technology and art with dance choreography; an interpretation of the Target icon into a multicolor landscape of circular shapes; a 10-15 minute film about the nation's interstate highway system completed... Read More »

Philip Rupprecht's "British Musical Modernism: the Manchester Group & their Contemporaries"

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
British Musical Modernism explores the works of eleven key composers to reveal the rapid shifts of expression and technique that transformed British art music in the post-war period. Responding to radical avant-garde developments in mainland Europe, the Manchester Group composers - Alexander... Read More »

New Duke String School Director Seeks to Strengthen a Tradition of Music Education

Monday, September 21, 2015
Erica Shirts instructs young violin students in a DUSS technique class. Photo by Geoffrey MockThe scene has played out on the Duke campus for nearly 50 years: Dozens of young musicians hold their cellos and violins, violas and basses in place, ready to practice Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture to... Read More »

Duke Wind Symphony Tour to Washington, DC: October 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015
On October 12, the Duke University Wind Symphony, directed by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, will perform a joint concert in McLean High School Auditorium with the Langley High School Band, directed by Doug Martin.  A highlight of the concert will be the performance of Duke composer Scott... Read More »

A Dream to Drum

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Under the glow of purple stage lights in Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium, Jeremy Jones '02 is giving a drum lesson from his perch behind a sparkling silver drum set.As a videographer clamps a GoPro camera near Jones' drum pedal, he jokes with her, saying, "You can sound really cool if you say... Read More »

Alum's Gift To Fund Student Recording Sessions

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
A 1991 photo shows Duke music composition graduate students in a master class. Penka Kouneva is sitting right.As a 22-year-old in Bulgaria aspiring to become a music composer, Penka Kouneva had several things working against her.First, coveted slots in the composition program at Bulgaria’s State... Read More »

Paul Jeffrey Memorial Jazz Concert

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The Duke University Department of Music honored the life and music of Paul Jeffrey (1933-2015) by presenting a concert of his compositions and arrangements. Saxophonist and composer Paul Jeffrey earned a bachelor of science degree in music education at Ithaca College before moving to... Read More »

A Trumpet Player and a Pulitzer Nod

Monday, July 27, 2015
Name: Thomas BrothersPosition: Professor and director of Graduate Studies, Department of Music    Years at Duke: 24What I do at Duke: I’m a historian of music; musicologist is the fancy title. I research music history in several areas, I write articles and books, and teach classes in... Read More »