Taking String Lessons

String players at Duke may take individual lessons on their instrument (see below). Guitarists also have the option of taking Class Guitar (Music 101-3).

There are fantastic opportunities for string players in the Duke Symphony Orchestra, Duke New Music Ensemble [dnme], and Chamber Music groups. Jazz guitarists will find exciting opportunities in the Jazz Ensemble.

All lessons and ensembles require an audition, which takes place during the first week of classes.

Spring 2021 Practice Room Guidelines and Protocols


Auditions will be conducted by Harry Davidson, music director of the Symphony Orchestra, as well as members of the string faculty (see below).

At the audition, students will be asked to play parts of a movement from a composition of their choice (concerto, sonata, etc.) and to sight-read a brief excerpt.


Jonathan Bagg, viola, member of the Ciompi Quartet
John Brown, bass, director of the Jazz Ensemble
Laura Byrne, harp
Jennifer Curtis, violin
Hsiao-mei Ku, violin, member of the Ciompi Quartet
Eric Pritchard, violin, member of the Ciompi Quartet
Randy Reed, classical guitar
Mary Kay Robinson, violin
Kevin Van Sant, jazz guitar
Caroline Stinson, cello, member of the Ciompi Quartet
Rachel Yonan, viola


The Music Library in the Biddle Music Building houses thousands of scores and recordings, as well as online listening resources.

The Biddle Music Building contains 20 practice rooms available to any Duke student. There are additional practice rooms on West Campus.