McDuffie Center for Strings

Amy Schwartz Moretti
Amy Schwartz Moretti, Director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings
Students in recording studio
Students at the Center get real-world performance opportunities, from Carnegie Hall to the recording studio.
Up to ten Center students are selected each year to perform in the Rome (Italy) Chamber Music Festival, held at the stunning Palazzo Barberini  
String orchestra performs onstage
High school seniors play side-by-side with Center faculty and students in the closing concert of the annual Labor Day Festival for Strings. Click here for more information about the 2018 festival.
Fred Child at the Bell House
The Center welcomed American Public Media's Performance Today and host Fred Child for a week-long residency in March 2017.

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 entrepreneurial 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

Within the Townsend School of Music at Mercer, the students, faculty artists and staff of the McDuffie Center have created something unique. Besides wonderful performances and inspiring master classes, you can feel the dedication of these special students and their faculty mentors at chamber music coaching sessions and private lessons. You can experience the supportive spirit that creates the encouraging environment for them to study and grow. [click here to read the full director’s message]

— Amy Schwartz Moretti, Director

Support the Center for Strings

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 student’s success stories by contributing financially and designating your gift to the McDuffie Center for Strings. Please email Patty Crowe for more information. Gifts are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.