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“It is amazing to hear professional artists perform my work,” says Scott Lee, a Ph.D. student in composition.

For two years, the new music sextet, yMusic, worked closely with Scott and other doctoral students on developing new compositions and arrangements—from first sketches through final drafts. To culminate the residency, they performed the students’ works over a series of concerts presented by Duke Performances.

yMusic are among more than 40 artists-in-residence that have visited Duke since 2006.

“My engagement with yMusic resulted in other exciting opportunities, such as Ben Folds— a multi-platinum singer-songwriter and record producer—playing my arrangement on his tour,” says Scott. Recently, Scott won the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award for a piece he wrote for other Duke artists-in-residence, the Da Capo Chamber Players.

His is just one story of how visiting artists have opened remarkable doors for Duke students.