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Corbett Trio

Corbett Trio: (from left to right: Dr. Amy Gillingham Culligan, cello; Dr. William Herzog, violin; Dr. Holly Attar, viola)


The Corbett String Program at NKU School of the Arts is home to so many incredible opportunities for our students! Here are just a few to get you acquainted:

  • In-residence Corbett String Trio comprised of full-time faculty who are dedicated to mentoring, teaching, performing, and inspiring string players near and far.
  • Corbett String Fellows Program: Incoming freshman string students who audition for a music major, have high GPAs, and exhibit excellent skills on their instrument are eligible to receive a Corbett String Fellowship, which includes up to full tuition. 
  • The nationally recognized NKU String Project which provides exceptional string music instruction to community children AND offers string music majors the opportunity to gain hands-on teaching experience during their time at NKU.
NKU Students playing
NKU Students playing
NKU Students playing
French Connection concertNKU Students playing with dancers on stage
Teaching Assistant in the String Project

Important Info for Application

The Corbett String Fellows program is open for application to incoming freshman string students who audition for a music major, have high GPAs, and exhibit excellent skills on their instrument. Corbett String Fellowships include up to full tuition!

You must, however, apply to NKU by Feb. 15 to even be considered! Here are the applications you must complete to be considered:

NKU Application for Admission

First-Time Freshman Scholarships (These are IN ADDITION to academic scholarships you may receive.)

NKU SOTA Music Scholarship Audition Application (Your audition video is not required by Feb. 15, BUT it would be in your best interest to begin the application so that we know you are interested.

What if I am not interested in majoring in music? We are pleased to offer generous music scholarships for string players outside of the music major. Non-major string students who would like to be considered for scholarship must also sign-up and take a music scholarship audition, as well as be applied to the University in time for scholarship consideration. This year, auditions are all online and submitted through Acceptd. Students should sign-up online at their earliest convenience in order to have the most time availability options.


Ensembles and Opportunities

  • Philharmonic Orchestra (MUSE 305-001)
  • Chamber/String Orchestra
  • Opera Orchestra
  • Group Guitar (MUS 148)
  • Guitar Ensemble (MUSE 320)
  • Chamber Ensembles (MUSE 330-007)
  • Applied Lessons
  • NKU String Project


String Area Faculty

Holly Attar, D.M.A.
Viola, Director of Music Preparatory Division, NKU String Project Master Teacher
(859) 572-7737

William Herzog, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Violin
(859) 572-5958

Joseph Rebman

Andrew Winner


Amy Gillingham
Amy Gillingham Culligan, D.M.A.
String Area Coordinator
Cello, Orchestra, Director of NKU String Project
(859) 572-1568