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  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.


Full Session June 30 –July 22, 2023

Tuition and Housing
$3000 for the 3-week session.
$100 application fee.  (Applied toward tuition if accepted.) 

Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

Instrumentalists and pianists are matched for chamber ensembles and receive daily coachings.

Each young artist is provided four or more individual lessons with our world-renowned faculty. Multiple performance and masterclass opportunities are offered throughout the festival. Local transportation is provided along with recreational activities and outings.

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

Dormitory housing is provided at Northern Lights Dahlin House. 

Meals: Some group meals are provided throughout the three week period. A full kitchen is available in the dorms; there are also local restaurants available for lunches and dinners in every city in which we perform.

Concerto Competition!

All members of the Young Artist program are invited to compete in the NLMF Concerto Competition for the chance to perform with the full NLMF Orchestra at Hibbing High School. Up to three winners from Graduate, Collegiate and Pre-College levels will be chosen. Staff accompanists will be provided.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:15 AM Breakfast at Mesabi East School
9:00  AM Music Fundamentals Class I or Private Lessons/
Chamber music coaching/Duet Coachings or Practice
10:00 AM Music Fundamentals Class II or Private Lessons/
Chamber music coaching/Duet Coachings or Practice
11:00 AM Private Lessons orChamber music coaching/Duet Coachings
or Practice 

12:00 NOON Lunch
1:00 PM Master Class 2 times a week or Practice/Coachings
2:00 PM Practice/Coachings or Opera Chorus
3:00  PM Practice
4:00 PM Free Time–Mesabi East Pool, Soccer Field
5:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Concert either at Mesabi East or other locations

There will be several excursions to historic sites (Hull Rust Mahoning Mine; Vermilion Underground Mine; Lake Superior (Gooseberry Falls); Outings on local lakes.