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You are Invited to a Music Visit Day

Students in Salzburg

Experience what it is like to be a music student!

  • Attend classes and ensembles with a student host.
  • Receive a free applied instrument/voice lesson.
  • Free lunch provided in the Student Union Food Court.
  • Choose your own date for the visit.

Interested? Please contact:

Joan Brummer, Music Program Advisor | (859) 572-5902

Schedule a Visit


News & Events


  • Opera Parody "Gallantry" Now Streaming

    Opera Parody "Gallantry" Now Streaming

    May 28, 2021 - "Gallantry," a one-act opera parody of soap opera, will be available to view for free on NKU SOTA's YouTube channel through June 30, 2021. "Gallantry" is a one-act opera parody of soap opera. It is, in essence, a "soap opera" opera. A surgeon is in love with a nurse engaged to the patient for whom the surgeon is to perform an emergency appendectomy. The opera includes sung commercial interruptions between scenes, staying true to early TV live, in-studio commercials [...]

  • NKU SOTA Presents Outdoor Concert at Yeatman’s Cove

    NKU SOTA Presents Outdoor Concert at Yeatman’s Cove

    April 14, 2021 - The NKU Philharmonic Orchestra and NKU Choirs will perform an outdoor concert, featuring the music of John Williams, the Wailin' Jennys, and more. Performers include two student artists and winners of the 2021 NKU Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Maddie Pittman and James Tober[...]

  • Karrick navigated cancer through music, inspires future teachers

    Karrick navigated cancer through music, inspires future teachers

    Sept. 30, 2021 - Brant Karrick, Director of Bands, was recently featured on WCPO 9's "Positively Cincinnati" covering his recent health odyssey. Karrick was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and MDS and was forced into a new world of chemo and treatments. Through the process he leaned on music to both comfort him and build him up, composing new pieces throughout his treatments[...]


Auditions & Scholarships


Spring 2022 Audition Dates

  • Thursday, Feb. 10: String Area Auditions
  • Thursday, Feb. 24: String Area Auditions
  • Saturday, Feb. 26: All Disciplines except Strings
  • Saturday, March 19: All Disciplines except Strings

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.

contact us

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