NKU Department of Music

Northern Kentucky University's Department of Music offers a full range of performance and education opportunities to music majors. Our graduates pursue successful careers as professional performers, college and university faculty, public school music teachers, private studio instructors and in allied fields within the music industry. 

Our students have been accepted for graduate study at such renowned institutions as the Juilliard School, Indiana University–Bloomington, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Iowa State University, the Eastman School of Music, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Department of Music Ensemble/Placement Auditions for Fall 2014

If you are a new/returning music student OR a new/returning non-music-major student who wishes to be in an auditioned ensemble, please prepare the audition materials below.

Symphonic Winds and Philharmonic Orchestra:

Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Audition Packet

Wind/Brass/Percussion Audition Schedule:

Thursday, August 14

12:00 pm       Flutes
12:45 pm       Oboes
1:15 pm         Bassoons
1:45 pm         Clarinets
2:15 pm         Saxophones (all on alto)
3:30 pm         Trumpets

Friday, August 15

12:00 pm       Horns
12:30 pm       Trombones
1:15 pm         Euphoniums
1:45 pm         Tubas
2:15 pm         Percussion

Wind players should prepare all major scales, a full range chromatic scale and will be asked to sight read. All auditions will be held in FA 126 (Band Room).

Questions? Please contact Dr. Karrick:


String Audition Packet

String auditions will take place on Thursday, August 14th beginning at 1:30 p.m. in FA 364 (Dr. Restesan's office). Students should sign-up for a time. A sign-up sheet is available outside of Dr. Restesan's office (FA 364). Questions? Please contact Dr. Restesan:

Jazz Ensembles:

Jazz Audition Packet

The order of excerpts are:

Sax - 2 pages
Trumpet - 1 page
Trombone - 1 page
Guitar - 1 page
Piano - 1 page
Bass - 3 pages
Drums - 5 pages

Questions? Please contact Professor Hogg:


Choral Ensembles Audition Information
Questions? Please contact Dr. Pennington:

Audition Dates for 2015–2016 Admission:

  • Monday, December 8, 4:00–6:00 p.m. only
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
  • Monday, March 23, 2015, 4:00–6:00 p.m. only
  • Monday, April 6, 2015, 4:00–6:00 p.m. only

*For maximum scholarship consideration submit your NKU admissions application by January 15th.


Degrees Offered

Bachelor's Degrees:

  • Music Performance
    • Instrumental
    • Jazz Studies
    • Keyboard
    • Piano Accompanying
    • Piano Pedagogy
    • Vocal
  • Music Composition

Bachelor's Degrees with Teaching Certification:

  • Music Education
    • Choral
    • Instrumental
    • Piano/Choral

Bachelor of Arts:

  • Music
    • Liberal Studies
    • Music Entrepreneurship
    • Music Technology
    • Audio Production


  • Music


  • Piano Pedagogy

Upcoming Concerts and Events

Concert Calendar

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