New Duke String School Director Seeks to Strengthen a Tradition of Music Education

Monday, September 21, 2015
Erica Shirts instructs young violin students in a DUSS technique class. Photo by Geoffrey MockThe scene has played out on the Duke campus for nearly 50 years: Dozens of young musicians hold their cellos and violins, violas and basses in place, ready to practice Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture to... Read More »

Duke Wind Symphony Tour to Washington, DC: October 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015
On October 12, the Duke University Wind Symphony, directed by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, will perform a joint concert in McLean High School Auditorium with the Langley High School Band, directed by Doug Martin.  A highlight of the concert will be the performance of Duke composer Scott... Read More »

A Dream to Drum

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Under the glow of purple stage lights in Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium, Jeremy Jones '02 is giving a drum lesson from his perch behind a sparkling silver drum set.As a videographer clamps a GoPro camera near Jones' drum pedal, he jokes with her, saying, "You can sound really cool if you say... Read More »

Alum's Gift To Fund Student Recording Sessions

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
A 1991 photo shows Duke music composition graduate students in a master class. Penka Kouneva is sitting right.As a 22-year-old in Bulgaria aspiring to become a music composer, Penka Kouneva had several things working against her.First, coveted slots in the composition program at Bulgaria’s State... Read More »

Paul Jeffrey Memorial Jazz Concert

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The Duke University Department of Music honored the life and music of Paul Jeffrey (1933-2015) by presenting a concert of his compositions and arrangements. Saxophonist and composer Paul Jeffrey earned a bachelor of science degree in music education at Ithaca College before moving to... Read More »

A Trumpet Player and a Pulitzer Nod

Monday, July 27, 2015
Name: Thomas BrothersPosition: Professor and director of Graduate Studies, Department of Music    Years at Duke: 24What I do at Duke: I’m a historian of music; musicologist is the fancy title. I research music history in several areas, I write articles and books, and teach classes in... Read More »

Carl Schimmel's work selected for Underwood New Music Readings

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Carl Schimmel's "Two Variations on Ascent into the Empyrean," was one of seven new pieces selected for the American Composers Orchestra's 24th Annual Underwood New Music Readings. The winning compositions were chosen from a pool of over 200 applicants and were presented on May 6 and 7, 2015 at... Read More »

John Supko on NOW Ensemble's new CD "Dreamfall"

Thursday, June 18, 2015
John Supko's piece, "divine the rest," is featured on NOW Ensemble's new CD Dreamfall (New Amsterdam Records). Dreamfall is "the fourth full-length release and third album of chamber repertoire from New York City new music mainstays NOW Ensemble. Sprawling in scope and ambition, the 76-minute... Read More »

Kirsten Santos Rutschman receives Fulbright Award for 2015-16

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Musicology graduate student Kirsten Santos Rutschman has received the Fulbright U.S. Student Award. She will spend the 2015-16 academic year in Sweden, mainly in Stockholm and Uppsala, fostering mutual understanding through cultural exchange and conducting archival research for her dissertation on... Read More »