Music Department ensembles are open to all undergraduates regardless of major. Ensembles perform several times a year in various settings. Auditions are held at the beginning of the academic year. Contact ensemble directors for information.
Applied music lessons often include regular recitals as part of the instructor’s studio class; these opportunities vary depending on the instructor. Advanced students may schedule solo recitals. These are normally the culmination of a year’s work in applied lessons. MUSIC 401 Advanced Study in Musical Performance enables highly motivated students to receive a full course credit in preparation for a recital.
Department of Music
Duke Symphony Orchestra Concerto Contest. The annual concerto contest auditions provide an opportunity for students to audition for and be selected to perform a concerted work with the Duke Symphony Orchestra. Audition dates are announced in the fall at least two months before the auditions. The winners’ performances occur in the spring semester. Contact the Duke Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Harry Davidson or your instructor for further details.
Duke University Community
Duke Chamber Players is a student-organized and managed chamber orchestra that performs each semester.
Messiah Sing-Along, sponsored by the Duke Chapel Choir, occurs annually in mid-November. Auditions for soloists for the various solo movements are typically scheduled in October and open to any student singers. For more information, contact Dr. Rodney Wynkoop.
Choral Music. For information about performing with the Duke Chapel Choir or Duke Vespers Ensemble, go to the Duke Chapel Music website.
Duke has seven a cappella groups on campus. For more information about Deja Blue, Lady Blue, Out of the Blue, The Pitchforks, Rhythm and Blue, Something Borrowed Something Blue, and Speak of the Devil, go to the duArts A Cappella Council webpage.
Vocalists can sign up for the Choral Notes newsletter at TriangleSings!, the online resource for vocal ensemble music in Central North Carolina.
Two local opera companies that audition students for the chorus are North Carolina Opera and Long Leaf Opera. You can also audition to perform in a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta with Durham’s own Savoyards.