Master Classes

The Department of Music, often in association with Duke Performances, offers several master classes each year with renowned performers and composers. Past master classes have included Leon Fleisher, Horszowski Trio, James MacMillan, and Gabriel Richard.

Master classes are free to attend and are open to all members of the community who would like to observe.

Upcoming Master Classes

Saxophone & Guitar Masterclass with Duo Montagnard
Thu, Jan 17, 5:00 PM
East Duke 201 - Nelson Music Room

Duo Montagnard (Joseph Murphy, saxophone & Matthew Slotkin, guitar) was formed in 2002 and has performed over 300 concerts in 49 states, eight Canadian provinces, and twenty countries on six continents. Festival performances include the Chautauqua Institution, Scandinavian Saxophone Festival...

Alexander Technique Masterclass for Instrumentalists and Singers with William Conable
Fri, Jan 18, 7:30 PM
East Duke 201 - Nelson Music Room

The public is invited to attend this free class. William Conable enjoys worldwide renown as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a method for improving freedom and ease of movement and physical coordination which is of special interest to musicians and other performing artists. He is Emeritus...

Chamber Music Masterclass with JACK Quartet
Wed, Feb 20, 7:00 PM
Rubenstein Arts Center, Ruby Lounge

The members of JACK Quartet lead a master class in Duke's Rubenstein Arts Center, coaching student musicians on classic works for string quartet. In just a decade, JACK Quartet has become one of the most enterprising and energized new music powerhouses in the world. These "superheroes of the new...

Piano Masterclass with Barbara Lister-Sink
Thu, Feb 28, 5:00 PM
East Duke 201 - Nelson Music Room

Barbara Lister-Sink, internationally acclaimed pianist and teacher, is a graduate¿ of Smith College and holds the coveted Prix d'Excellence from the Utrecht Conservatory, and an Ed.D. from Columbia University. A former member of the Artist Faculty of the Eastman School of Music, she has...

Piano Masterclass with Karen Walwyn
Thu, Mar 07, 5:00 PM
East Duke 201 - Nelson Music Room

Karen Walwyn is Associate Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Howard University. An accomplished concert pianist, composer and recording artist for Albany Records, she was invited by the Center for Black Music Research of Chicago to perform and record the premiere recording...

Voice Masterclass with Phil Hall
Tue, Mar 26, 5:00 PM
Biddle 19, Bone Hall

Phil Hall is a Conductor/Musical Director/Vocal Coach with Broadway conducting credits that include "Play Me a Country Song" and "Mame" (associate conductor), Broadway National Tour conducting "Cats." Regional musical direction credits include productions at the Michigan Opera Theatre, the...

Chamber Music Masterclass with Mari Sato
Sat, Apr 13, 10:30 AM
East Duke 201 - Nelson Music Room

Mari Sato, violinist, is on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a member of the Cavani String Quartet. She is the winner of numerous awards and prizes, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Sato has toured throughout the United States and abroad with her quartet,...