This Week at SOTA

NKU School of the Arts - Dec. 7, 2020

This is the final e-newsletter for 2020. We'll see you in 2021!

BFA Senior Virtual Exhibition

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Fall 2020 BFA Senior Exhibition.


Bachelor of Fine Arts students work closely with faculty to develop an original body of work that showcases their creative growth both technically and conceptually. This requirement is the culmination of the BFA program and an essential component of the completion of their degree. We would like to recognize and congratulate the BFA class of 2020.


This virtual gallery was an impressive effort by a group of hardworking staff, students and faculty at NKU – School of the Arts – Visual Arts Program who think we all deserve a little creativity and emotional connection during these trying times.


Please enjoy the virtual exhibition.

Virtual Faculty Concert Airing Friday

The Music Program will be premiering a virtual faculty showcase concert on Friday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. EST on Facebook and YouTube which will feature performances by Ellen Graham, Joy Burdette, Christina Seal, Joseph Rebman, Louis Setzer, Preston Light, Richard Van Dyke, Katie Barton, Scot Buzza, Kimberly Lazzeri, Holly Attar, Wil Herzog, Amy Culligan, John Zappa, John Fryer, Rachel Young, Meghan Bennet, George Carpten, and Zack Granger.

Jazz Studies release album

The NKU SOTA Jazz Studies area is happy to announce the release of an album! These recordings were a vehicle for the students to learn about remote recording, a technique that is used ever more increasingly in modern-day music production. Each student was responsible for perfecting their part and recording it so that those parts could be compiled into the performances you hear.


We also took the opportunity to feature some of our jazz faculty alongside the students.


"It was a pretty ambitious undertaking considering that none of these students had ever done anything like this before. That being said, I think the result is quite impressive." - John Zappa

Todd Awarded Outstanding University Clinical Educator

Danielle Todd, Assistant Professor of Music Education, was recognized as the NKU Fall 2020 Outstanding University Clinical Educator. She considers student teaching supervision to be one of the greatest aspects of her job and enjoys being a part of the final process for students as they combine learned skills, knowledge, and experiences in the music classroom.

Herzog featured in The Strad magazine

William Herzog, Assistant Professor of Violin, had an article published in the December issue of The Strad. The article is titled "Memory and mental practice" and discusses techniques to help learn music by heart and protect against memory slips.

Art Exhibitions on Understanding the Emotional Force of Race

NKU invites community members to virtually explore the themes and emotional force behind social unrest with its exhibition, “The Emotional Force of Race: An Exhibition and Call for Creative Response,” featuring the Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories project.


Led by Sociology Professor Dr. Joan Ferrante and by poet India Hackle, a May 2020 graduate, the project uses arts' transformative power to challenge assumptions about who we are and seeks to contribute to the national conversation around social unrest and racial disparities.


The exhibition is available to view through Jan. 31, 2021.

ECS Dance Film Festival

The annual Emerging Choreographer’s Showcase (ECS) Dance Film Festival is free-to-watch on the NKU ECS website. This showcase is student-produced and student-led where dance students learn about choreography, stage design, and stage management and can grow in their artistic expression.

Edges now available on-demand

Edges is available on-demand through May 2021. $3 gets you a 48-hour rental on ShowTix4U. Edges is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Albritton launches new podcast

SOTA Director Matthew Albritton has launched a new podcast called “Pathways to a Creative Life”. The podcast will feature professionals in many different fields speaking about how their arts education has led them toward successful, creative, and fulfilling careers, both within and outside of the arts. The first episode is about the essential skills gained in an education in the visual and performing arts.


Alumni Update: Sarah DeMoor

Sarah DeMoor (BM Vocal Performance, 2019) is currently finishing her master's degree in vocal performance at the University of Louisville and plans to continue studying, in the hopes to eventually earn a doctoral degree in Vocal Pedagogy. For the time being, she teaches and performs as much as possible, despite the challenging nature of recent world events.


Why did you choose to study at NKU SOTA?

I felt a connection to the campus and area immediately and grew to love the professors who helped inspire and strengthen my passion to perform and teach music.

Alumni Update: Lizzie Lotterer

Lizzie Lotterer (BA Theatre Arts, 2020) recently moved to Maine and is currently working for the Portland Stage Company, an equity regional theatre.


Why did you choose to study at NKU SOTA?

I liked the wide range of classes in the Theatre and Dance program. It's really helped me find employment, especially in the pandemic!

Alumni Update: Hannah Shirkey

Hannah Shirkey (BM Music Education, 2017) is still residing in Cincinnati, Ohio, and working in higher education as Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Admission at Xavier University. At XU, she is responsible for the admission processes of students from Kentucky, as well as music and theatre students, and coordinates scholarship awards.


Why did you choose to study at NKU SOTA?

I loved the location of NKU and its proximity to Cincinnati. I also felt it was the best program that I got to tour in the state of Kentucky and felt I’d have the most opportunities as an undergraduate student.

Calling All Alumni!

We have revamped our Alumni pages and would love to have you share your story with us! If you graduated from any SOTA program, fill out our Alumni Update form and you may be featured on our website and other publications!

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