This Week at SOTA

NKU School of the Arts - Feb. 8, 2021

SOTA Saturdays

SOTA Saturdays is a weekly virtual open house for NKU’s School of the Arts. This is an opportunity for potential students to learn a little more about SOTA to help make your decision for where to best develop your creative potential to the fullest! Parents, you are invited too! Area K-12 art, music, and theatre teachers, we hope this will be an opportunity for you to learn about some of the great opportunities we have to offer you and your students here in SOTA as well! All are welcome and we hope all will be entertained and enlightened!

Past sessions will be available to view online at the SOTA YouTube channel.

Upcoming Sessions

  • Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-noon: Visual Arts Program
  • Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-noon: Theatre & Dance Program
  • Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-noon: Alumni
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27 TBA

NKU SOTA Saturday: Q&A and MCRC/Atrium Tour

Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference

The Northern Kentucky Winter Piano Pedagogy Conference is in its thirteenth year and is sponsored by NKMTA, NKU School of the Arts and OhioMTA-Southwest. This year's conference will feature Scott Price, the Carolina Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina as our guest presenter. Dr. Price will discuss working with students with special needs and autism. The Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, Feb. 13 and will begin at 12:30 p.m. Please contact Richard Van Dyke at to register for the Zoom Link.

Philharmonic Orchestra at KMEA

The NKU Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Amy Gillingham, will perform (virtually) at the 2021 Kentucky Music Educator's Association Professional Development Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:20 p.m. Their performance will feature previously recorded performances of works that embody the theme of time and season, entitled "Of Time and Season."

New Arts Admin Micro-Credential

Did you know that the College of Arts and Sciences has a new Arts Administration Graduate Micro-Credential? It was created to help meet the need among arts organizations in our region for more professionals with knowledge and skills in program management, fundraising, financial management, volunteer coordination, etc.

The Arts Administration micro-credential will prepare post-baccalaureate students for various administrative and management positions in arts organizations, from entry-level positions on up. These organizations include art museums, theaters, dance companies, and community-based art centers.

Artistic Visions of Race and Identity

Our next exhibition in the Art Galleries will be “Artistic Visions of Race and Identity.” This exhibit will examine the ways these artists challenge accepted perceptions and assumptions about race, gender, and identity, and to explore cultural heritage and personal histories into their work. It will be on view from Feb. 12-26.

Please Note: Reservations are required. All visitors must follow our current COVID-19 precautions. Masks are required for all visitors.

Roetting named Artistic Director of OTRImprov

Congratulations to Charlie Roetting, Lecturer of Improv and Acting in the Theatre & Dance Program, for being named Artistic Director of OTRImprov! Charlie has been acting, directing, and improvising on stages and screens on both coasts and Cincinnati for over a decade.

Voyager Jazz Ensemble Documentary

Check out this documentary about "The Making of Rites of Passage" album by the Voyager Jazz Ensemble. Music faculty participants in the project included William Brian Hogg, Ashley Shepherd, and Zach Granger. Students involved were Jacob Hagedorn, Kessler Fugate and Alex Reynolds, and Jazz Studies alumni Nick Hach and Sean Herzig.
The Making of Rites of Passage

Have Something Newsworthy?

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