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NKU YSO is excited to welcome mr. Alex moore to the director position!!! scroll down to learn more about mr. moore!

Stay tuned for Fall 2022 audition info...coming soon!!

Did you miss the Winter Concert? Check it out below!

NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra Auditions
fall 2022

Audition Requirements:
Scales: up to 4 sharps and 4 flats (2 octaves minimum)

Excerpts: coming soon

Sight reading



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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. 

Location: Fine Arts room 126

Tuition: $325 for the academic year

Prerequisites: Audition and acceptance required. Grades 7–12, suggested 4+ years playing experience, yearly entrance and placement audition is required. As a reference point, a level of playing equivalent to Suzuki Book III or beyond is recommended for string players. Winds, brass, and percussion: at least 2 years playing in a daily band program.

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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.