With the music profession shifting at such a rapid pace, conservatories owe it to their students to provide a comprehensive music and liberal arts curriculum that will prepare the innovative musician for the real world. This is the reason I started the McDuffie Center for Strings. We will always be faithful to the idealism and beauty of music making, while making sure our students are positioned for artistic and economic success after graduation.

— Robert McDuffie

Read the transcript of Robert McDuffie's 2011 convocation address to students of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Read testimonials from our recent graduates!
Joelle Arnhold, Center '10, currently in the DMA residency at Peabody Institute
Emily Brandenburg, Center '13, currently a Masters candidate at New England Conservatory




The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings educates exceptionally gifted student musicians and builds programs of international merit with the generous help of individuals, foundations and corporations. Be a part of our students' success stories by contributing financially and designating your gift to the McDuffie Center for Strings. Please email crowe_pa@mercer.edu for more information. Gifts are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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Welcome to the Center for Strings

Welcome! Click here to read a message from Amy Schwartz Moretti, Director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings

Robert McDuffie Center for Strings