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The NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra is an exciting and fun-filled orchestra experience for high school students who excel in string, wind, brass, percussion and piano studies, exposing them to orchestral literature and ensemble playing in a challenging and nurturing environment. NKU YSO meets weekly on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in the School of the Arts building. NKU YSO is under the leadership and direction of Mr. Alex Moore, an expert orchestral conductor and music educator. NKU YSO is part of the award winning NKU Music Preparatory Program and is designed to prepare students for a future in music!

YSO Virtual Classroom

2023–2024 Mid-Season Audition Info

The NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra accepts throughout the year, pending section openings. To view instrument specific audition requirements, download the packet below. Please contact Mr. Moore at the email below to confirm interest BEFORE submitting an audition at the link below. 

Submit your video audition here!

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. First rehearsal of the spring semester is Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

Location: NKU School of the Arts

Spring ONLY Tuition: $170 for the 2024 spring semester. 

Prerequisites: Audition and acceptance required. Grades 7–12, suggested 4+ years playing experience, yearly entrance and placement audition is required. As a reference point, a level of playing equivalent to Suzuki Book III or beyond is recommended for string players. Winds, brass, and percussion: at least 2 years playing in a daily band program. NKU YSO is an academic year commitment.

Download packet for complete information and submission info. Please cross-check the YSO calendar for any conflicts: Spring 2024 YSO Calendar

YSO Member Handbook

Questions? Email Mr. Moore at

Timpani with music stand
Student playing French horn
Orchestra students rehearsing on stage
Alex Moore with baton

Mr. Alex Moore, director


Alexander Moore is Director of Orchestras at Oak Hills High School where he teaches string orchestra, full orchestra, and piano classes. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wright State University and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting and Violin Pedagogy from Butler University. Alex has previously served as Director of Orchestras at Evansville Central High School, Assistant Conductor of the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra, and Assistant Director of the Yellow Springs Summer Music Camp prior to moving to Cincinnati. Aside from teaching and conducting, he is an active performer on piano and a violinist in the Mason Symphony Orchestra. His principal teachers and mentors include Shelley Jagow, Jackson Leung, Tom Sobieski, Samuel Barton Rotberg, Richard Auldon Clark, and Shirley Mullins. Aside from musical activities, Alex loves hiking and spending time with his corgi, Winston.