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You are Invited to a Music Visit Day

Students in Salzburg

Experience what it is like to be a music student!

  • Attend classes and ensembles with a student host.
  • Receive a free applied instrument/voice lesson.
  • Free lunch provided in the Student Union Food Court.
  • Choose your own date for the visit.

Interested? Please contact:

Joan Brummer, Music Program Advisor | (859) 572-5902

Schedule a Visit


News & Events


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    Happy Retirement, Brant Karrick!

    April 5, 2022 - At the end of this academic year, the NKU SOTA Music Program will bid a bittersweet farewell to Brant Karrick, who will begin a well-deserved retirement from teaching. Brant has been an invaluable member of the Music Program as Director of Bands for the past 19 years [...]

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    NKU Stages Hilarious Grand Tour of Opera Tropes

    March 18, 2022 - Opera returns to the SOTA stage with “Signor Deluso,” a hilarious one act opera composed by Thomas Pasatieri. The production runs April 1 and 3, 2022 at NKU’s Greaves Concert Hall [...]

  • Rene Marie

    NKU hosting multi-day diversity event with award-winning vocalist René Marie

    Feb. 25, 2022 - Sistahs Who Swing is a multi-day event celebrating African American women artists, educators, and businesswomen. There will be discussion and reflection on a variety of issues that all women in business and the arts face in the pursuit of successful careers and lives [...]


Auditions & Scholarships

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Spring 2023 Audition Dates

  • Thursday, Feb. 16: String Area Auditions
  • Saturday, Feb. 18: All Disciplines except Strings
  • Thursday, March 2: String Area Auditions
  • Saturday, March 18: All Disciplines except Strings

Auditions are required for majors and minors for admission into the NKU Music Program and for scholarship consideration.

Audition Information


Study Abroad

Explore Salzburg

Each year, more and more NKU undergraduates, graduate students, student teachers, and faculty are getting involved in studying, interning, working, and volunteering abroad.

NKU SOTA students have the opportunity to study in Salzburg, Austria for five weeks each summer. Each student takes up to 6 undergraduate or graduate credits that apply toward the completion of their degrees.

Helpful Links



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Our Mission
The School of the Arts Music Program provides student-centered instruction to a diverse population of versatile musicians and creative thinkers who are prepared to make a meaningful impact on communities in an ever-changing world.

Our Vision
The School of the Arts Music Program will be recognized as a top-destination for students seeking to become well-rounded musicians who will contribute to the cultural vitality of local and global communities.

contact us

Music Office

Northern Kentucky University
Fine Arts Center 312
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
(859) 572-5421


Music Program Head

Kimberly Gelbwasser Lazzeri
FA 312C | (859) 572-1563

Music Advisor

Joan Brummer
FA 337 | (859) 572-5902