Students from the McDuffie Center for Strings perform at A Grand Mercer Christmas in 2015.
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Students from the McDuffie Center for Strings perform at A Grand Mercer Christmas in 2015.

World-renowned violinist Robert McDuffie has opened a music conservatory at Mercer University in Macon. It not only focuses on musical talent, but also offers a broad-based education and teaches students how to survive financially as working musicians. He talks about the McDuffie Center for Strings and why some consider it to be the “Juilliard of the South.” 

"It's kind of truthful. I mean, we have some students who have been accepted into the Juilliard graduate program already, so I think we're in the same weight class." -- Robert McDuffie on the McDuffie Center for Strings