Young Artists Program 

Gifted young musicians, from age 12 to post-graduate, are invited to participate in the Young Artists program, studying with an illustrious faculty on solo repertoire and chamber music. String participants will perform in two NLMF orchestra concerts; collegiate level participants will also perform in the NLMF Opera orchestra conducted by  Maestro Gavriel Heine.

Young Artists are assigned chamber music works to prepare in advance their arrival at the festival, and ensembles are provided ample coaching to bring the works to performance level.

The NLMF is a performance program.  Participants will play solo or chamber works multiple times in as many as 10 different cities, including children’s library concerts, and chamber music series in beautiful, historic venues.  Professional collaborative pianists will be provided for solo performances, and for the Helen Bradach Zuponcic Concerto Competition.  Frequent performances are of special value to young artists who are entering competitions and who will have concert dates to fulfill.

Full Session June 30 –July 20, 2024

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

Accepting applications.


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.

The Helen Bradach Zuponcic Concerto Competition

Held on July 3, all participants in the Young Artists program are invited to compete in the concerto competition, named after Helen Bradach Zuponcic, (b. 1915, d. 2014), piano teacher who taught hundreds of young people in the city of Aurora. She accepted her first student in 1945, and taught for 70 years, until her retirement in 2005 at age 90. Cash prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to each of 3 winners. 

Contestants can choose any standard concerti; winners will be chosen from any age category, or any repertoire.  A high quality, artistically compelling performance is the primary consideration.  The performance for the winners will be held at the iconic Hibbing High School, in Hibbing MN, on Thursday, July 17, 2024.

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.