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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.

Jasmina_Halimic Meet the Cast of The Merry Widow!

The cast of The Merry Widow began rehearsals this past Monday at Chisholm High School. This week we will highlight each cast member.




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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Lecturer Returns

Maya Pritsker

Noted musicologist and speaker Maya Pritsker returns to Northern Lights.

Ms. Pritsker will speak on "Scriabin and his Russian Roots" one hour before the chamber concerts on July 7 & 9.

She will also give a pre-opera lecture prior to the Opening Nights of The Merry Widow.

NLMF Office Opens

The staff has arrived in Aurora, and the 2015 Festival office is open in Mesabi East School.

Swing by for information on the festival, or just to say "Hello." Or contact us at 218-2293321, Ext. 206.

Faculty Update

Alan Chow will be holding a Master Class this coming Monday, June 29 in the Mesabi East Auditorium.

Alumni News

Northern Lights Alumni Reed Tetzloff, piano and Brannon Cho, cello, are finalists in the XV Tchaikovsky International Music Competition.



Now accepting applications for our 2015 Music School.



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