The Fall 2020 semester will be strings only. The university has determined that wind and brass instruction/learning cannot be offered on-campus at this time. However, winds, brass, percussion, and piano students are encouraged to submit a video audition with the awareness that you will not be able to participate until the university allows. You will not be required to commit to the contract until we can invite you back to campus in a safe manner. You may consider taking the audition for early acceptance and/or experience.
NKU YSO students are encouraged to take private lessons for fall 2020. As an ensemble designed for honing orchestral ensemble skills, it has been determined that private lessons would be the most beneficial for students rather than group online instruction. We look forward to resuming making music as a full symphony orchestra in the future!
Attendance is mandatory for all rehearsals and performances. Our attendance policies are strict to ensure the highest quality learning experience and performance. Please evaluate your schedule to be sure that you are able to meet the commitment to our ensemble that we expect. No more than three absences per year are allowed. Students can use these in any way they like, ie. sickness, school concerts or vacations. After three absences, the student may be dismissed.
Notification in advance of any absence or tardiness is expected, and should be made by submitting the online absence request form. This form can be found under resources on the website homepage. If the absence is an emergency you may email Mr. Ledbetter (email@example.com). Two (2) late arrivals are equivalent to one (1) absence. Attendance at a dress rehearsal is required for participation in a concert. It is at the discretion of the ensemble director to allow or not allow a student to participate in a concert based on rehearsal attendance and/or preparation.
Ensemble students are required to participate in all concerts. Absences from a performance must be approved ahead of time by the ensemble director and Music Preparatory administration, unless the absence is due to sudden illness. Missing a performance is very serious, and doing so is grounds for probation or immediate dismissal from the program.