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The NKU YSO season is well underway. video auditions are accepted throughout the year. See below.


Youth Symphony Orchestra video Auditions
Spring semester 2022

Due: Friday, December 10, 2021

NKU Music Prep follows all university Covid-19 protocols. Everyone must be masked indoors regardless of vaccination status (including musicians). Please see the YSO webpage for details. 

If you are auditioning mid-year, it will be for non-priority seating.

Video Audition Requirements:
2 scales of your choice (as many octaves as you can play)

Solo or excerpt of your choice that demonstrates your ability (1-2 minutes in length)

Submit auditions to Dr. Holly Attar at Unlisted Youtube links are best, but any video format is acceptable.

YSO Member Handbook and Contract

YSO 2021-2022 Calendar

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 spring rehearsal is Tuesday, January 11, 2022)

Location: Fine Arts room 126

Tuition: $175 for the spring semester

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.