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YSO begins September 14, 2021!

Now accepting video auditions!


Youth Symphony Orchestra Auditions

Live auditions have now passed. If you would like to audtiion for YSO, please submit a video audition of 2 scales of your choice (as many octaves as you can play) and a solo or excerpt of your choice that demonstrates your ability (1-2 minutes in length).

These are non-priority seating auditions and also pending section openings. Video auditions are due by Friday, September 10, 2021 to be considered for the first concert of the season. 

Video Audition Submission Form

YSO Member Handbook and Contract

YSO 2021-2022 Calendar

If you have received your acceptance notice, please REGISTER HERE!!

Masking: NKU policy requires that masks be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. Brass and wind players will be asked to use both a special brass/wind mask while they play as well as bell covers. If you do not have either of these items, please email Dr. Attar ( and she can assist in ensuring you have one as of the first rehearsal. This follows the protocols for safety in ensemble playing as per national standards of musical excellence. Samples of the masks and bell covers can be found below:

Wind/brass Masks

Bell Covers


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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. James Ledbetter, 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 14, 2021)

Location: Fine Arts room 126

Tuition: $325 for the academic year (September–April)

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.