NC Symphony conducted by Grant Llewellyn, with graduate composer James Chu at right.
Composition partnership with NC Symphony
Graduate composers James Chu and Huijuan Ling had new music rehearsed and recorded by the NC Symphony, Grant Llewellyn conducting.
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Laptop Ensemble (MUS 211-18) is Duke Music's newest Chamber Ensemble.
Enroll for Fall 2022-- open to all students regardless of musical background.

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Ciompi Quartet

Ciompi quartet

The Ciompi Quartet’s residency at Duke allows students to work closely with its members and benefit from their extensive experience as active performers who are continually engaged in deepening and refining their own musicianship. As full-time faculty members, the quartet serves as a resource for students, other faculty, and the community at large.

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Visiting Artists

Working with Duke Performances and through the assistance of the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Department of Music offers undergraduate and graduate students unparalleled opportunities for collaboration though Visiting Artist residencies.

Recent residencies have included the Da Capo Chamber Players, yMusic, North Carolina Symphony, Deviant Septet, and JACK Quartet.

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Faculty Artistic Works

Duke University Musical Instrument Collections

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The Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC) are founded on the flagship collection, the G. Norman and Ruth G. Eddy Collection of Musical Instruments, which arrived here in Durham in 2000. The Eddy Collection has inspired further generous gifts and the acquisition of the Frans and Willemina de Hen-Bijl Collection of Musical Instruments, which arrived at Duke in 2003.

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