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 below. If auditioning for both scholarships and admission into the music program, applicants will complete all requirements in one audition.

Audition sign-up is available up to one-week prior to each audition date. Applicants are encouraged to schedule their audition early in order to have the greatest pick of audition times. Applicants will receive a confirmation email with important audition day information.

Please note applicants must also submit the required admissions application to the university. For scholarship consideration, applicants must apply AND be admitted to NKU no later than Feb. 15.

Audition Dates

  • Check back for 2020 dates


Joan Brummer



Free parking is available in the Faculty/Staff parking lot "D " (no permit is necessary on audition days). Parking lot "D" is located across from the Welcome Center and is also in front of the Fine Arts Center and Steely Library.


All auditions take place in the Fine Arts Center. Students should check-in at the first floor Greaves Hall lobby. Any room location updates/changes will be posted here. Student ambassadors will also be available to direct students to appropriate locations. A bank of practice rooms are located on the second floor. These rooms are first come, first serve. Percussionists may warm-up on NKU percussion equipment found in rooms FA 128-132. Please ensure that you arrive and check-in with sufficient time to warm-up prior to your audition.


If at all possible, please do try to keep your audition date/time, especially if you wish to be considered for scholarship. If you encounter an unavoidable conflict, you may reschedule/cancel your audition time yourself. If possible, please try to reschedule to another time. If no time is available, please contact the area coordinator for your instrument/voice to see if a special audition may be possible (please know scholarship consideration is not always possible for late auditions).


In the event that NKU closes for inclement weather, auditions will be cancelled and rescheduled. The NKU Music Program will send any important information/communications via email.




As part of the NKU audition day experience, your background in music theory and musicianship will be assessed. This assessment is not factored into your music admission decision, but it does help determine what courses you should take. Please plan approximately 20-30 minutes to take a theory/musicianship placement test. This test is administered in Fine Arts Center 219 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All students wishing to major or minor in music are required to take this placement test during their audition day. We recommend students take the test as early as possible in the event that there is a wait to take the exam.


If you have at least 6 months of keyboard experience, keyboard/piano is NOT your primary instrument, and you are interested in placing out of some/all of the piano course requirements, please sign-up for a piano placement test audition time. If you do not have keyboard experience (or have limited experience), do not sign-up for a piano placement test audition. Students with a primary instrument of piano do not need to sign-up for a piano placement test audition.