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NKU YSO fall auditions are complete! If you were unable to make the audition dates and would still like to be considered, please join us at an open rehearsal on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. We will get to know you in this setting and you will be considered for non-priority seating. To RSVP, please click here.
Did you miss the Winter Concert? Check it out below!

NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra Important materials

2. YSO Handbook with required contract on back page

3. YSO calendar 2022–2023



(only for accepted students who auditioned on August 26 and 27, 2022)

Orchestra students rehearsing on stage

The NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra provides full orchestra experience to area youth who excel in string, wind, brass, percussion and piano studies, exposing them to orchestral literature and ensemble playing in a challenging and nurturing environment.

NKU YSO meets weekly on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in the School of the Arts building. NKU YSO is under the leadership and direction of Mr. Alex Moore, an expert orchestral conductor and music educator. NKU YSO is part of the award winning NKU Music Preparatory Program and is designed to prepare students for a future in music.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. (first rehearsal is Tuesday, September 13, 2022)

Location: Fine Arts room 126

Tuition: $325 for the academic year


Alex Moore with baton

Mr. Alex Moore, director

Alexander Moore is Director of Orchestras at Oak Hills High School where he teaches string orchestra, full orchestra, and piano classes. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wright State University and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting and Violin Pedagogy from Butler University. Alex has previously served as Director of Orchestras at Evansville Central High School, Assistant Conductor of the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra, and Assistant Director of the Yellow Springs Summer Music Camp prior to moving to Cincinnati. Aside from teaching and conducting, he is an active performer on piano and a violinist in the Mason Symphony Orchestra. His principal teachers and mentors include Shelley Jagow, Jackson Leung, Tom Sobieski, Samuel Barton Rotberg, Richard Auldon Clark, and Shirley Mullins. Aside from musical activities, Alex loves hiking and spending time with his corgi, Winston.