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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.


Pianists participating in the Young Artists Program will receive lessons and coachings from a roster of outstanding performing artists. Past faculty includes noted performers and pedagogues Alan Chow,  Douglas Humpherys, Thomas Schumacher, Lydia Artymiw, Veda Zuponcic, Peter Mack and Mitsuki Ichimura. 

In addition to solo performance opportunities, participants 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.


String players accepted into the Young Artists Program will be taught and coached by an international roster of performing faculty.

Past faculty includes violinists Mikhail Kopelman, Jorja Fleezanis, Celine Leathead, Timothy Schwarz, Natalia Moiseeva; violist Matthew Williams; and cellists Yosif Feigelson and Sally Dorer.

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


Pianist Belinda Chen with faculty member Alan Chow.
Alan Chow Masterclass with Belinda Chen of Peabody Conservatory.
Mikhail Kopelman
World famous violinist Mikhail Kopelman gives a private lesson.
Yosif Feigelson with cellists
Famed cellist Yosi Feigelson leads a chamber music coaching.
Music Director Gavriel Heine rehearsing the NLMF Orchestra.
NLMF Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gavriel Heine of the Mariinsky Theater.