The Fine Arts Center is home to the School of the Arts which includes majors in music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. The center houses practice rooms, faculty studios, large and small rehearsal spaces, a piano lab, computer labs, audio production/recording lab, art gallery, and a variety of instructional spaces.
Greaves Concert Hall is a concert venue located within the Fine Arts Center. With exceptional acoustics and a seating capacity of 650, it is one of Northern Kentucky's premiere performing facilities. Greaves Concert Hall is equipped with professional lighting, recording equipment, and two 9-ft. grand pianos on stage (Steinway and Baldwin).
This 319-seat proscenium theatre is used for dance concerts, musical theatre, opera, drama, and other types of special collaborative performances. It is fully equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology, a fly system, and an automated orchestra pit. Ample dressing room space is shared with the Stauss Theatre.
This black box theatre seats up to 150 and is host to theatre performances, showcases of classroom work, smaller theatre productions, opera, musicals, and more. Our most flexible performance space, the Stauss can be used in an endless number of seating configurations that challenge the relationship of audience and actor.
The Henry Studio serves dual purposes as a classroom and performance space. This flexible space is equipped with lighting and sound equipment and a selection of furniture and acting cubes.
It is the mission of the NKU Art Galleries to be a premiere venue for the exhibition of high-quality art works from regional, national, and international artists. The gallery will serve 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. Additionally, the Art Galleries have served as an excellent space for smaller, intimate solo and chamber recitals as well and multi-disciplinary artistic collaborations.
Outside the Fine Arts Center are two outdoor amphitheaters. One, the Corbett Amphitheater, is located on the plaza outside the Corbett Theatre. The other, The Oakley & Eva G. Farris Amphitheater, is located on the across from Loch Norse Lake and features a lovely view of the water for audience members. Both Amphitheaters are great venues for jazz, band, and other musical ensembles.
Our general computer music lab is designed solely for music majors and features 12 workstations outfitted with Novation Impulse 61-key MIDI controllers, Focusrite USB MIDI interfaces, AKG studio headphones. Each computer workstation contains the latest software for creative artists including Logic Pro X, ProTools, Mainstage, Sibelius, Finale, and the entire Adobe Creative Suite where students can work with video, graphic design, and special effects.
Our specialized studios are where audio production and technology students can work with the kind of advanced software and hardware technology found in commercial studios today. The audio production workstation features the latest Dante audio recording technology controlled through a state-of-the-art Yamaha Nuage system. Each multi-monitor workstation is powered by a blazing 3.33 GHz Mac Pro with a 6-Core Intel Xeon Processor. In addition to Logic Pro and ProTools, students also have the option of working with Steinberg’s Cubase 8 and Nuendo software programs. Our video scoring workstation includes editing and effects software like Adobe Premiere and After Effects as well as virtual instruments and sound design software by Omnisphere, Quantum East/West, Kontakt, and others.
The Piano Lab at NKU can teach up to 15 students in a single class. It is equipped with 15 matching Yamaha Arius YDP-V240 Digital Pianos with headsets that are connected to a master console so the instructor may monitor practice, create ensembles and give instruction to individually or in groups from an additional Yamaha Digital Piano at front of the classroom. NKU uses eNovative Piano: Multimedia Piano Tools for Developing Musicianship Skills as its primary text for Class piano. There is a 55-inch monitor in the front of the classroom for the teacher to share musical examples pertinent to the subjects being covered.
The Fine Arts Center has three main rehearsal rooms: Choir Room, Band Room, and Jazz Room, although each room is used for all different types of ensembles. All rooms are equipped with Baldwin grand pianos and feature sound reduction paneling throughout the rooms. The Choir Room has fully adjustable acoustical curtains, risers, chairs, stands, a stereo system, and smart board. The Band Room is equipped with chairs and stands, a stereo system, and smart board. The Jazz Ensemble Room is a more intimate space and is equipped with a drum set, amps, and other equipment suitable for the jazz combo.
The Music Program has 7 main classrooms throughout the Fine Arts Center building. Greaves Concert Hall and the ensemble rehearsal rooms are utilized as teaching spaces, and other classrooms include computers, projectors, stereos, dry erase boards, stereos, and desks.
Our students have access to 20 practice rooms of varying size. Of the 20, 5 are dedicated to percussion practice usage. Practice rooms feature sound absorption panels, separate HVAC, ducting, and windows on the doors. Most rooms have either acoustic pianos or electronic keyboards. Practice rooms also include mirrors, chairs, and stands. Our third-floor practice rooms feature key-card access and are also used for Music Preparatory teaching.
The music program has 23 teaching studios/offices for its faculty and staff. Studios feature ample space for applied instruction, small chamber group coachings, and many feature pianos (when desired).
The Music Program has a variety of lockers with combination locks available to students to store their instruments and other music-related supplies. These lockers are available free of charge.