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  • SOTA participates in NATS Singing Competition

    SOTA participates in NATS Singing Competition

    Jan. 12, 2021 - Congratulations to all NKU SOTA participants in the Kentucky National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions! 36 SOTA students participated from the Theatre and Dance Program, Music Program, and Music Preparatory Division. Of these 36 participants, 10 placed as finalists [...]

  • Jazz Studies Releases Album

    Jazz Studies Releases Album

    Dec. 15, 2020 - The NKU SOTA Jazz Studies area is happy to announce the release of an album! These recordings were a vehicle for the students to learn about remote recording, a technique that is used ever more increasingly in modern-day music production. Each student was responsible for perfecting their part and recording it so that those parts could be compiled into the performances you hear [...]

  • Virtual Faculty Concert

    Virtual Faculty Concert

    Dec. 8, 2020 - The Music Program will be premiering a virtual faculty showcase concert on Friday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. EST on Facebook and YouTube which will feature performances by Ellen Graham, Joy Burdette, Christina Seal, Joseph Rebman, Louis Setzer, Preston Light, Richard Van Dyke, Katie Barton, Scot Buzza, Kimberly Lazzeri, Holly Attar, Wil Herzog, Amy Culligan, John Zappa, John Fryer, Rachel Young, Meghan Bennet, George Carpten, and Zack Granger.

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Audition Dates

  • Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 (Select Disciplines Only)
  • Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 (Select Disciplines Only)
  • Saturday, March 20, 2021 (Select Disciplines Only)

Auditions are required for majors and minors for admission into the NKU Music Program and for scholarship consideration. Audition requirements vary based on area and are listed on the auditions page.

Please contact Joan Brummer at (859) 572-5902 with any questions.


Study Abroad

Explore Salzburg

Each year, more and more NKU undergraduates, graduate students, student teachers, and faculty are getting involved in studying, interning, working, and volunteering abroad.

NKU SOTA students have the opportunity to study in Salzburg, Austria for five weeks each summer. Each student takes up to 6 undergraduate or graduate credits that apply toward the completion of their degrees.

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Our Mission
The School of the Arts Music Program provides student-centered instruction to a diverse population of versatile musicians and creative thinkers who are prepared to make a meaningful impact on communities in an ever-changing world.

Our Vision
The School of the Arts Music Program will be recognized as a top-destination for students seeking to become well-rounded musicians who will contribute to the cultural vitality of local and global communities.

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Music Office

Northern Kentucky University
Fine Arts Center 312
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
(859) 572-5421

Music Program Head

Kimberly Gelbwasser Lazzeri
FA 312C | (859) 572-1563

Music Advisor

Joan Brummer
FA 337 | (859) 572-5902