The Lakes Area Music Festival engages the nation’s best performers and audience
for excellent classical music and inspiring education
through accessibility and radical hospitality.

Vision Statement:

The Lakes Area Music Festival envisions our community as a thriving worldwide destination for classical music performance.


The Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF) was established during the summer of 2009 when co-founding Artistic & Executive Director Scott Lykins returned to his hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota with four colleagues from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York). In an effort to create an outlet for their musical gifts, these musicians put on six free concerts, and enlisted members of the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras to participate. Each concert drew successively larger audiences, which encouraged the series organizers to continue the event annually. Based on the community’s demonstrated interest in and desire for musical enrichment, the festival programming has expanded year to year offering a packed three week calendar of musical activities for a wide and diversifying audience.

Celebrating our sixth season in August 2014, performances will range from chamber music to symphonic orchestra to semi-staged opera, performed by a stellar collaborative roster including over 80 musicians from such ensembles and conservatories such as the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute, and more. In addition, educational opportunities are offered for audiences of all ages – including a week-long daycamp for children, performance-based instruction for high school students, open rehearsals, and pre-concert lectures.

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