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McDuffie Center for Strings

The McDuffie Center for Strings

A special institute within Mercer University┬╣s Townsend School of Music, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings is a highly selective program for students who want conservatory-quality music training along with a well-rounded, high-quality college education that will serve them well throughout their lives. Students accepted to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings work with their academic advisers to tailor curricula and degree programs to fit their music performance and career goals. Every student has direct access to distinguished artist faculty, with regular private lessons, master classes, chamber music coaching sessions and orchestral sectional work.

The McDuffie Center String Ensemble is composed of 25 students from 11 states and eight countries. The String Ensemble has performed for the Inauguration of Governor Nathan Deal and had its New York premiere in February 2013. In addition, the ensemble often represents Townsend School of Music at Mercer through concerts throughout the country and at the Rome Chamber Music Festival.

McDuffie Center String Ensemble

Amy Schwartz Moretti, director

Violin I
Amy Schwartz Moretti,
Distinguished Artist Faculty
Jessica Fellows
Adriel Taslim
Leah Latoracca
Haerim Lee
Collin Turner
Jecoliah Wang*

* Concertmaster on selections with Mercer Singers and Concerto for
Two Violins and Strings in D minor by J.S. Bach

Violin II
Elizabeth Skinner
Cara Schlecker
Shin Jung Lee
Melissa Ake
Rochelle Sumampong
Levi Mitze

Viola
Noah Fields
Emily Brandenburg
Drew Forde
Tim Richardson
Jessica Pickersgill

Cello
SiHao He
Taylor Yasui
Riana Anthony
Shiqi Li
Rogerio Shieh
Manto Agouridou

Bass
Mattias Palm
Michael Minor