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Young Artists Program

The Northern Lights Young Artists Program provides participating students with a unique opportunity to study with internationally known performing artists, to collaborate with other participants in chamber groups and ensembles and to sit side-by side with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Duluth Symphony.

Young artists of collegiate level will be accepted by audition and recommendation to join the company; a limited number of motivated  pre-college musicians will be accepted based upon audition and recommendation from current teachers. 

Participants are placed to form piano trios, quartets and quintets. Existing string quartets are also encouraged to apply as a group. Repertoire assignments will be made in advance to enable the ensembles to make best use of their rehearsal time.

Experienced and exceptional staff accompanists are provided, all winners of numerous national and international competitions, including the MTNA National Steinway Competition.


String players accepted into the Young Artists Program will be taught and coached by an international roster of performing faculty including famed violinist Mikhail Kopelman and celebrated cellist Yosif Feigelson, as well as noted violin pedagogue Igor Petrushevski from the Richard Wagner Konservatorium in Vienna.

The string faculty also includes violinist Celine Leathead of the Minnesota Orchestra, Professor of violin at Rowan University, Timothy Schwarz, violist Matthew Williams and cellist Sally Dorer from the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.

In addition to chamber and orchestral performance opportunities, string players will also participate in public master classes offered throughout the festival.


Pianists participating in the Young Artists Program will receive lessons and coachings from a roster of outstanding performing artists including renowned pedagogues Alan Chow, Douglas Humphreys of the Eastman School, Peter Mack of Cornish College of the Arts, Veda Zuponcic Professor of Piano at Rowan University and Mitsuko Ichimuro.

In addition to solo performance opportunities, they will also team up with string players to learn, rehearse and perform chamber music during the festival. Weekly master classes, open to the public, will also be offered.

Piano Trio

Quick Facts

Full Session June 30–July 21, 2017
Tuition and Housing
$2800 for the 3-week session.

Housing is provided at Hibbing Community College
dormitories. Daily transportation to rehearsal sites
included in the fee.

Free Airport pick-up from the Hibbing/Chisholm, Minnesota (HIB) airport.

More than 20 performance opportunities in regional cities.

Concerto Competition: any standard repertoire

Osaka International Piano Competition Semi-Finals


Some group meals are provided throughout the three week period.

Cooking is possible at the Hibbing Community College dorms; there are many local restaurants available for lunches and dinners in every city in which we perform.



2017 Young Artists Program



Northern Lights is only one of two US locations holding semi-final auditions for the Osaka International Music Competition.




Chisholm Auditorium

The beautiful Chisholm Auditorium will be your home…. for rehearsals and performances.

Chisholm School