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The NKU orchestral program features a diverse array of string, chamber, full, opera, and musical theatre opportunities throughout the year. The 50+ member Philharmonic Orchestra is an ensemble on the rise and quickly gaining positive attention, both locally and beyond. The NKU Philharmonic and other orchestral opportunities are open to all NKU students, regardless of major.

Fall 2022 Audition Information

The NKU Philharmonic Orchestra is open to strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students of any major are welcome to participate, but an entrance/placement audition is required (for all students). Philharmonic auditions are submitted via video and are due Monday, August 15, 2022 (the Monday prior to the start of the semester). Students should first register for the course (so they receive access to Canvas materials). Should you not make it into the ensemble, you may then drop the course. Please see the audition packet for audition excerpts, information, and video submission link. Audition results will be posted by the first Tuesday of classes. The NKU Philharmonic Orchestra meets Tuesday/Thursday, 1:40-2:55 p.m. in Greaves Concert Hall. The Philharmonic is directed by Dr. Amy Culligan.

Audition Information and Excerpt Packet


Contact the Director

Amy Gillingham
Amy Gillingham Culligan, D.M.A.
Director of Orchestras
(859) 572-1568

NKU Philharmonic Orchestra Solo Concerto Competition

Guidelines and Application

The NKU Philharmonic Concerto Competition is open to orchestral instrumentalists currently enrolled in the NKU Philharmonic course OR enrolled in the NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra. There may be up to a total of four winners total, with 0–3 winners in the college division and 0–2 winners in the Youth Orchestra division. This opportunity gives talented musicians the experience to perform solo works with orchestra. Students are selected through competitive audition and must also be available and enrolled in the NKU Philharmonic course OR the NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra during both the semester in which the concerto competition and performance of the piece occur. NKU college students of any major are welcome to participate, but they must be full time and enrolled in applied lessons (during the competition and performance semesters). For NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra students, they must be taking private lessons (during the competition and performance semesters).