In 2000, the NKU Music Program received a substantial financial gift from Patricia A. Corbett, the Corbett Foundation and the Amernet Society to develop a program in strings, orchestra and chamber music. These funds endow both the Patricia A. Corbett String Program. The Corbett String Program offers professional performance and instruction for string players through orchestra, chamber music, private lessons, and hands-on teaching experience. String students also have undergraduate teaching assistantship opportunities through the nationally recognized NKU String Project.
Chamber at Cherry Grove

Guitar Ensemble

The NKU Guitar Ensemble is a performance class with emphasis placed on ensemble performance in a variety of musical styles encompassing both the classical tradition and popular trends. The ability to sight read for guitar is a prerequisite; however, students less experienced will be permitted to participate on a trial basis with the understanding that sight-reading skills will be acquired in a timely manner. Failure to do so will result in the necessity to drop the course with an audition requirement for future entrance into the course. A classical guitar and footstool is required for the class.


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


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


String Area Faculty

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

Rachel Charbel
Violin, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Member

Hanna Hurwitz, D.M.A.

Owen Lee
Double Bass, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Member

Joseph Rebman

Andrew Winner