Audition Information

Update July 14, 2020: This page contains the Music Department’s plans for applied lessons and ensemble auditions. Specific audition instructions for each ensemble or instrument are included in the sign-up form.  Adapting to changing health & safety parameters, as well as to the number and the location of participants, instructors may convene rehearsals in different formats: entirely in-person; combined  in-person and remote; or entirely online. Detailed information about individual ensembles will be available via ensemble webpages or on course synopses as the semester approaches.  

The Department of Music offers a wide-ranging array of instrumental lessons and ensembles with outstanding faculty. Auditions are required for admission.

Spring 2021 Practice Room Guidelines and Protocols

Audition Schedules and Contacts

Spring 2021 Auditions

Please sign up for an audition using the links provided.

Voice Auditions for lessons (individual) MUS 208
Auditions can be virtual or in-person. This digital form linked above will take the place of the paper form used previously, and students will email their schedule to a dedicated email address for Voice that is listed in the form.
Virtual: Submission deadline is midnight on January 17. Click the link above for the form.
In-person: Wednesday, January 20, 2-4 pm in Baldwin Auditorium. Sign up for a time using the link to the form above. (Please complete the form and sign up by 10 am on Jan. 20.)
For Class Voice (MUS 101-2), contact for information and to schedule online auditions.

Piano Auditions for lessons
Wednesday, January 20, 5-6 pm in the Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building

Chamber Music
Thursday, January 21, 5:30-8:30 pm in the Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building

For all other lessons or to audition for an ensemble, please contact the faculty member directly.
Information about lessons and a list of faculty can be found here.
Contact info for ensemble directors can be found on the Music website’s Ensembles page.

Fall 2020 Auditions

2020 Dates Time Ensemble/Instrument Study Area Location
Monday, July 20 -  Thursday, Aug. 20   Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion for Wind Symphony and/or lessons. There will be no in-person auditions. New students will submit their info and uploaded link of recorded music. Returning members will NOT be required to re-audition.  
Monday, July 20 -  Thursday, Aug. 20   Classical guitar and/or harp. There will be no in-person auditions. New students will submit their info and uploaded link of recorded music.  
Monday, July 20 -  Thursday, Aug. 20   Djembe (West African drumming), Afro-Cuban percussion, Collegium Musicum, [dnme] New Music Ensemble, Organ, and/or Harpsichord lessons. Contact the ensemble director or instructor to set up an audition. (See Audition Contacts tab on this table.) In-person or online at instructor's discretion
Monday, July 27 - Friday, Aug. 21   Chorale online auditions for new singers. (Returning singers do not need to re-audition.) Online
Wednesday, Aug. 12 3 - 6 pm Ensemble Information Meetings: Join us to learn about auditions, rehearsals, concerts, and more.
3 - 4 pm: Symphony Orchestra & Wind Symphony
4 - 4:30 pm: Chamber Music
4 - 5 pm: Chorale
meet some Chorale singers and learn more about singing with the Chorale
5 - 5:30 pm: Collegium Musicum, Duke's ensemble for Early Music
Sunday, Aug. 16 8 pm Chorale ice cream social and information session Online
Monday, Aug. 17 4 - 7:30 pm Classical Piano Nelson Music Room or online
  6 pm Jazz Ensemble Information Meeting Online
  6 - 9 pm Viola, Cello & Bass for Symphony Orchestra and/or lessons. (Students who have previously taken viola, cello, or bass lessons or are returning to the DSO do not need to re-audition.) 019 Biddle (Bone Hall)
Tuesday, Aug. 18 12:30 - 4:30 pm Voice lessons Baldwin Auditorium
  5:30 - 8:30 pm Chamber Music (Auditions are for new students only. Students who have previously participated in Chamber Music, please contact Prof. Caroline Stinson directly.) Nelson Music Room
  7 - 8 pm Chorale Open Rehearsal Online
Wednesday, Aug. 19 10:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 - 4:30 pm Voice lessons Baldwin Auditorium
  6 - 9 pm Jazz Ensemble and jazz lessons: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, piano, vibraphone, bass, drums, and vocals Online
Thursday, August 20 6 - 9 pm Violin for Symphony Orchestra and/or lessons. (Students who have previously taken violin lessons or are returning to the DSO do not need to re-audition.) Nelson Music Room
  6 - 9 pm Jazz Ensemble and jazz lessons: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, piano, vibraphone, bass, drums, and vocals Online


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, contact Rodney Wynkoop.  For the Jazz Ensemble, contact John Brown.  For the Symphony Orchestra, contact Harry Davidson.  For the Wind Symphony, contact Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant.

Instrument Audition Contact Phone Email
Bass John Brown
Bassoon Jessica Kunttu
Cello Caroline Stinson 919-660-3322
Clarinet Jimmy Gilmore 919-781-3853
Djembe/Afro Cuban Percussion Bradley Simmons
Flute Carla Copeland-Burns 336-327-5019
Classical Guitar Randy Reed 919-490-1920
Jazz Guitar Kevin Van Sant 919-660-3300
Harp Laura Byrne 919-741-0934
Harpsichord Robert Parkins 919-660-3315
Horn Rachel Niketopoulos
Oboe Bo Newsome 919-452-9293
Organ Robert Parkins 919-660-3315
Percussion Julia Thompson
Piano Ieva Jokubaviciute

Pei-fen Liu 919-683-3066
David Heid
Derison Duarte
Susan Greenberg
Jazz Piano Ed Paolantonio 919-596-4410
Saxophone Susan Fancher 336-340-5284
Jazz Saxophone Dave Finucane 919-358-0753
Trombone and Tuba Michael Kris 919-554-1562
Trumpet Don Eagle 919-783-4296


Jonathan Bagg 919-660-3331
Rachel Yonan


Hsiao-mei Ku 919-660-3329
Eric Pritchard 919-660-3325
Mary Kay Robinson
Jennifer Curtis

Voice Sandra Cotton
Elizabeth Linnartz 919-660-3332
Penelope Jensen 919-660-3312
Ted Federle 919-660-3312


Ensemble Director Phone Email
Chamber Music Caroline Stinson 919-660-3322
Chinese Music Jennifer Chang
Chorale Rodney Wynkoop 919-660-3302
Collegium Musicum Max Ramage
Djembe & Afro-Cuban Bradley Simmons 919-282-6151
[dnme] New Music Stephen Downing
Jazz John Brown 919-660-3385
Opera Theater David Heid 919-660-3303
Symphony Orchestra Harry Davidson 919-660-3324
Wind Symphony  Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant 919-660-3306