Tuition for NLMF includes room and board for the duration of the festival, weekly private lessons with our international faculty, masterclasses, chamber music coachings, opportunities to play in either our festival or opera orchestra, optional theory and sight-singing classes, recreational activities and excursions.

Students live in the Sports Dorm at Giants Ridge, a beautiful ski and golf resort four miles from the town of Aurora, Minnesota. Complete recreational facilities are available to students, including swimming, biking, kayaking, and canoeing. Adult participants and parents who choose to accompany their young children are housed at The Lodge at Giant’s Ridge, a few steps from the Sports Dorm; or at any of the numerous hotels in the area. Giant’s Ridge has two of the top-ranked golf courses in the United States for participants or parents who are golf enthusiasts.

Meals are provided on-site or at one of the many local restaurants in Aurora. Buses transport students and faculty from Giants Ridge to Aurora daily; shuttles run between the hotel and Aurora multiple times per day.

2014 tuition costs and online application forms will be available within the next few months. Information on scholarship opportunities will also be made available at that time.








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Throughout the festival students are given the opportunity to participate in public masterclasses with an internationally renowned faculty. Here Thomas Schumacher, noted pianist and professor emeritus of the Eastman School, conducts a masterclass with one of our award-winning students.

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