The Music Mentors Project launched in 2014 as a year round commitment to providing young musicians in central Minnesota with the valuable opportunity to work directly with professional musicians.
Throughout the school year individuals and ensembles from the Festival roster, primarily the Minnesota Orchestra, are brought to the Lakes Area for day-long school residencies. Young musicians are inspired through performance demonstrations, sectionals and master classes, and individually instruction with guest musicians; and the connections formed through these activities continue as instructors return during the summer to perform at the Festival.
This school year over 2,500 students will benefit from musician visits, including K-12 students in the Brainerd and Aitkin public schools. Music Mentor Project activities in the Aitkin Public Schools are generously sponsored by Paulbeck’s County Market.
The Music Mentors Project is a demonstration of the LAMF’s commitment to education and to this community. During the summer Festival season additional opportunities for young musicians are available through a series of master classes as well as a side-by-side rehearsal opportunity for community musicians to sit on stage and play alongside professionals on their instrument.