Students before a concert

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.

Tuition and Housing:
$2800 for the 3 week session 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 the Hibbing/Chisholm, Minnesota (HIB) airport.
Dormitory Housing at historic Dahlin House in Aurora for pianists and pre-college students. Housing for collegiate and young professionals at Mesabi Community College in Virginia, MN. COVID restrictions in place in the State of Minnesota will be observed.

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.

Rino Yoshimoto playing violin
Photo of young pianist at piano.

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: (Rossini’s La Cenerentola)
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.

Piano Faculty

Headshot of Edisher Savistski

Dr. Edisher Savitski

Headshot of Peter Mack

Dr. Peter Mack

Headshot of Veda Zuponcic

Veda Zuponcic

String Faculty

Photo of Alexander Markov

Alexander Markov, violin


Photo of Sally Dorer

Sally Dorer, cello

Photo of Jolán Friedhoff

Jolán Friedhoff, violin

Photo of Yuri Gandelsman

Yuri Gandelsman, viola

Photo of Yosif Feigelson

Yosif Feigelson, cello

Wind Faculty

Flute:  Barbara Leibenguth, Principal Flute, Minnesota Orchestra (ret.)
French Horn: Paul Straka (Chicago Lyric Opera, ret.)
Clarinet: Jake Meyer, Ocala Symphony