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School of the Arts (SOTA)


Are you the type of person who sees a career in the arts?


Stand in the Spotlight

Who understands that music, dance, theatre, and art are important in relating to other disciplines? Who craves artistic classes as part of your curriculum? You're creative. You're unconventional. But you're so much more. We are your canvas, We are your stage. We are your school. NKU School of the Arts.


Our Programs

It's in the Numbers

with 12 majors, more than 30 specializations to study
and 15 regional arts partners, NKU's transdisciplinary School of the Arts is a powerhouse of the visual and performing arts in the Midwest.
each year
Patron Visits

Sota Success Stories

SOTA Stream

The Show Must Go On...

As venues around the world go dark, we're launching a series of performances and creative endeavors by NKU SOTA students, alumni, and faculty entitled NKU SOTA Stream. Join us in celebrating SOTA artists as we highlight their artistic creativity.

Amy Gillingham

NKU Philharmonic Featured on CET

Amy Gillingham and the NKU Orchestra program were featured on KET's Kentucky Life. The segment runs from the beginning of the episode for about 8 minutes and is currently running on PBS.


Music Faculty Nominated for Grammys

The CD recording "The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom" written by faculty composer Kurt Sander was nominated for a Grammy Award for the category of "Best Choral Performance." Jason Vest was nominated for a Grammy with his group Conspirare for Best Choral Performance for their recording of “The Hope of Loving.” Also congratulations to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and our CSO-affiliated music faculty for "Transatlantic" being nominated for Best Orchestral Performance (Michael Culligan, Scott Lang, Owen Lee, and Dwight Parry).

BLINK 2019

LightStreams at Blink 2019

NKU SOTA took part in the Cincinnati BLINK 2019 Art & Light Festival with a unique concert collaboration entitled "LightStreams." Experience the dynamic effects of movement and color of illuminated suspended canoes while the NKU Philharmonic Orchestra performs music by Bedřich Smetana, Miguel Roig-Francolí, and John Botter.

Calling all Alumni!

Share your story with us!

If you graduated from any SOTA program, we would love to hear from you! Fill out our Alumni Update form and you may be featured on our website and other publications!

Sota News + Events

Art Galleries

Art Galleries

The NKU SOTA Art Gallery is a premiere venue for the exhibition of high quality art works from regional, national, and international artists. The gallery serves as an exhibition forum for the community and region to view the work of traditionally under represented groups and individuals who have contributed to the richness and diversity of our region.


Music Concerts

The NKU SOTA Music Program offers a full range of performance and educational opportunities. Be sure to check out our many concerts throughout the year!

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Theatre & Dance Performances

The NKU SOTA Theatre + Dance Program showcases a variety of performance and production experiences. Ranging from musicals and dance to comedy and drama, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Simply, everything is going on at the school of the arts.

Whether we are producing a material or utilizing our dance classes to collaborate with theraputic exercise in health sciences, we are on the cutting edge of transdisciplinary studies. Yes, we're hosting concerts, but we're also preparing students to produce better rock n' roll shows. We can teach you to feel comfortable in front of the camera, which could lead to dozens of careers. Here, you will dance, you will sing, and most of all, you will achieve.


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Your gift can encourage students to get involved or help support our vibrant arts and theatre programs.


contact us

SOTA Office

Fine Arts 253
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099

SOTA Director

Matthew Albritton
Fine Arts Center 253D | (859) 572-5879

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