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Discover Great Music on the
Mesabi Iron Range!

June 28 - July 20, 2015

One of Minnesota’s largest music festivals, the Northern Lights Music Festival offers lovers of classical music three weeks of opera, solo recitals, chamber and orchestra concerts presented by an international roster of guest artists, performing faculty and prize-winning student performers.

Merry Widow

Our Cast is Announced!

We're so pleased to welcome our cast for The Merry Widow!

Jasmina Halimic, Hanna Glawari

Mark Womack, Danilo Danilovitsch

Kyle Albertson, Baron Zeta

Lindsay Russell, Valencienne

Glenn Seven Allen, Camille



Northern Lights is featured by Musical America as one of their "Ten Off-the-Beaten-Paths Festivals of 2015."

Click read the online version of their 20015 Summer Festival Guide.


Opera Workshop NEW Vocal Workshop for 2015

Designed for the young professional, our new Vocal Workshop will provide singers with private lessons and coachings, as well as performance opportunities in our 2015 production of The Merry Widow.

In addition, all participants will appear in a special performance of scenes from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Carlisle Floyd's Susannah and Weber Der Freischütz. Application now available on line.




    Since 2012, Northern Lights has been honored to be one of the official overseas partners to the Osaka International Music Competition.

Held yearly since 2000, the Osaka competition seeks to find young artists from around the world and to assist them in competing in an international setting.

As one of only two partners in the United States, Northern Lights conducts adjudicated semi-final auditions during the festival, with cash awards towards travel expenses to the finals in Osaka and Kobe, Japan.

During the past four years, Northern Lights audition winners have gone on to win major awards at the competition finals.


Osaka International Music Festival


Historic venue Visit some of the most beautiful historic sites on the Iron Range as you experience live classical music.



Prize-winning international students, ages 9 through collegiate are among the stars at Northern Lights, performing numerous times in chamber music, solo and ensemble repertoire. Experience music from Bach to Bartok, with Gershwin and ColdPlay added for good measure!   Students

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Available Now!

DVDs of the NLMF Productions of Carmen, La Boheme, and Pagliacci performed at Chisholm High School.

$15 + S&H per DVD.
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Competition Update

Congratulations to Amanda Liu and Hans-Derek Yu on being accepted as semi-finalists in the 2015 Kaufman Music Center International Piano Competition.

Amanda will be competing in the Senior Division for students 14 - 17, while Hans will be competing in the Junior 2 Division for students 10 - 13.

The competition will take place June 16 - 21 in New York City.

Both Amanda and Hans are students of NLMF Artistic Director Veda Zuponcic.

Congratulations to students of Artistic Director Veda Zuponcic on their wins at the 2015 Greater Princeton Steinway Competition.

Hans-Derek Yu, 1st place; Kenny He, 2nd place
Josh Baw, 3rd place

Faculty Update

Mikail Kopelman

Northern Lights is pleased to announce the addition of Mikhail Kopelman, Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music, to our 2015 NLMF String Faculty.

Alumni News

Congratulations to Oleksii Ivanchenko on being awarded a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) from Frost School of Music, University of Miami.


Congratulations to Stanley DeLage (NLMF '12 - '14) on winning First Prize in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT this past weekend.


Matthew Eng, student of NLMF Artistic Director Veda Zuponcic, was one of four competitors at this year's Hilton Head Piano Competition invited to participate in a master class with Lori Sims.



Now accepting applications for our 2015 Music School.



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