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.
During the 2015-16 school year this program will expand to include visits to local elementary schools in addition to various visits to Junior and Senior High School band, orchestra, and choral programs.
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.