Lessons and Applied Music

Individual instrumental and vocal instruction can be pursued at different levels. Most music majors take one-hour weekly lessons, but half-hour lessons are also offered, and qualified juniors and seniors may pursue Independent Study in Performance, which is a full course culminating in a recital.

You don't have to be a Music major/minor to take lessons.

Fees, Course Credit & Audition Requirement

The applied lesson fee is waived only for music majors, for one area of study only. All applied lessons at Duke are offered by permission of the instructors after competitive auditions at the beginning of the semester. Click to see instructor contact information for auditions.

Group lessons: 

  • MUSIC 101-1 Class Piano, 101-2 Class Voice, 101-3 Class Guitar, 101-4 Class Djembe, 101-7 Class Brass, 101-6 African Dance Percussion; (half hour) 0.25 course credit. Fee per semester: $179.

Private lessons:

  • MUSIC 103-108 (half hour), 0.25 course credit. Fee per semester: $358
  • MUSIC 203-208 (one hour), 0.5 course credit. Fee per semester: $716


  • MUSIC 210-1, 210-2, 210-4, 211-1, 211-2, 213-1, 213-3, 0.5 course credit. There is no additional fee for enrolling in an ensemble.

Audition Schedules and Contacts

Spring 2019 Auditions

Chamber Music: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 4-6:30 PM, 083 Biddle (sign up outside of 083 Biddle)
Piano: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 5-6:30 PM, 067 Biddle (sign up outside of 067 Biddle)
Voice: Thursday, Jan. 10, 11AM-1PM & 2-4PM, 075 Biddle (sign up outside of 075 Biddle)
For all other lessons or to join an ensemble, please contact the instructor for an audition.


Fall 2018 Auditions

Signing up for Auditions

Sign-up sheets are posted outside the Music Department office (105 Biddle) for ensembles and private lessons, except for Jazz (posted outside 064 Biddle after Aug. 25.) Students are encouraged to sign up during orientation week. Unless otherwise noted, instrumental auditions are for Applied Lessons, Duke Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Chamber Music auditions are listed separately.

For Djembe (West African drumming), Afro-Cuban percussion, Jazz Piano, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Saxophone, Harp, Percussion, Organ, or Harpsichord lessons, contact the instructor to set up an audition time. (See Audition Contacts tab.)

2018 Dates Time Ensemble/Instrument Study Area Location
Monday, Aug. 27 - Friday, Aug. 31   Chorale: sign up online at https://10to8.com/book/cxljqu-free/ 002 Biddle
Saturday, Aug. 25 1 - 2 pm OR 2:30 - 3:30 pm Ensemble Information Meetings: Students interested in Music Dept. vocal and instrumental groups my attend EITHER of these sessions.
Join us to learn about auditions, rehearsals, tours, concerts, and more.
019 Biddle (vocalists);
101 Biddle (instrumentalists)
Monday, Aug. 27 4 - 7:30 pm Classical Piano 067 Biddle
  6 - 7:30 pm Saxophone, Euphonium, & Wind Symphony piano 019 Biddle
  6 - 9 pm Viola, Cello & Bass 084 Biddle
  8 - 9 pm Classical Guitar 024 Biddle
Tuesday, Aug. 28 1:30 - 4:30 pm Voice 075 Biddle
  4:30 - 10 pm Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon 104 Biddle
  6:30 - 10 pm Jazz Ensemble & Combos:
Saxophones, Piano, Vibes & Vocalists
064 Biddle
  7:30 - 8:30 pm Chorale Open Rehearsal 019 Biddle
  7:30 - 10 pm Chamber Music 083 Biddle
Wednesday, Aug. 29 10:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 - 4:30 pm Voice 075 Biddle
  4:40 - 6 pm Opera Workshop Info Session 075 Biddle
  6 - 9 pm Horn, Trumpet, Trombone & Tuba 019 Biddle
  6:30 - 10 pm Jazz Ensemble & Combos:
Trumpets and Trombones, Guitar, Bass, and Drums
064 Biddle
Thursday, August 30 6 - 7 pm Percussion Baldwin Auditorium
  6 - 11 pm Violin 084 Biddle


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 Duke Symphony Orchestra, contact Harry Davidson.  For the Wind Symphony, contact Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant.

Instrument Audition Contact Phone Email
Bass John Brown   jbrown@duke.edu
Bassoon Rebecca Libera   rebecca.libera@duke.edu
Cello Caroline Stinson   carolinestinson@gmail.com
Clarinet Jimmy Gilmore 919-781-3853 jimmyclarinet@gmail.com
Djembe/Afro Cuban Percussion Bradley Simmons   bradleys@duke.edu
Flute Carla Copeland-Burns 336-327-5019 carla.copelandburns@duke.edu
Classical Guitar Randy Reed 919-490-1920 rreed@duke.edu
Jazz Guitar Kevin Van Sant 919-660-3300 kvansantguitar@gmail.com
Harp Laura Byrne 919-845-8343 l.byrneharpist@gmail.com
Harpsichord Robert Parkins 919-660-3315 rparkins@duke.edu
Horn Rachel Niketopoulos   niketopoulos@earthlink.net
Oboe Bo Newsome 919-452-9293 bo.newsome@duke.edu
Organ Robert Parkins 919-660-3315 rparkins@duke.edu
Percussion Julia Thompson   jt255@duke.edu
Piano Randall Love 919-660-3334 rmlove@duke.edu
Pei-fen Liu 919-683-3066 peifen.liu@duke.edu
David Heid   dheid@duke.edu
Derison Duarte   derison.duarte@duke.edu
Susan Greenberg   susie@duke.edu
Jazz Piano Ed Paolantonio 919-596-4410 ejp3@duke.edu
Saxophone Susan Fancher 336-340-5284 susan.fancher@duke.edu
Jazz Saxophone Dave Finucane 919-358-0753 dave.finucane@gmail.com
Trombone and Tuba Michael Kris 919-554-1562 mkris@email.unc.edu
Trumpet Don Eagle 919-783-4296 deagle001@gmail.com
Viola Jonathan Bagg 919-660-3331 jbagg@duke.edu


Hsiao-mei Ku 919-660-3329 hmku@duke.edu
Eric Pritchard 919-660-3325 epritch@duke.edu
Mary Kay Robinson   marykayrobinson47@gmail.com
Jennifer Curtis  


Voice Susan Dunn 919-660-3323 opera@duke.edu
Penelope Jensen 919-660-3312 ep.jensen@mindspring.com
Elizabeth Linnartz 919-660-3332 elizabeth.linnartz@duke.edu
Sandra Cotton   sandra.cotton@duke.edu
Ted Federle 919-660-3312 ted.federle@duke.edu