I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been a student at Lutheran Summer Music. I have grown in so many ways from this experience, not only musically, but as a person.
— LSM 2018 Student


June 28 - July 26, 2020

Half Session: June 28- July 12, 2020


Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana

Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) is an immersive residential performance and training program for young musicians grades 8-12. Join over 25 nationally recognized faculty artists and a team of dedicated counselors in our supportive community.

Areas of study include Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Composition, Double Bass, Euphonium, Flute, Horn, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin and Voice.

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Musical excellence is achieved through rigorous study and expressed in recitals and concerts during Festival Week. 

At LSM, students build their musical skills and realize their unique abilities to the fullest extent possible.

Private Lessons

One-on-one instruction twice weekly with a faculty member on your instrument or voice.

Large Ensemble

Students participate in Band, Choir or Orchestra according to their instrument or voice part.

Chamber Music

Instrumental students play in small ensembles of two or more students to gain chamber music skills.

Musicianship Classes

Students learn music theory, history and performance practice according to enhance their understanding of music.

Concerts and Recitals

Students have many performance opportunities with their large ensemble, small ensemble, and studio recitals.



Customize the LSM experience! A variety of electives encourage students to build new musical skills and dive into their unique musical interests. 

Note: some electives which culminate in a final performance are only available to Full Session students.

  • Chapel Choir. This non-auditioned choir rehearses daily and provides music for worship throughout LSM.

  • Church Music. Lutheran hymnody, liturgical history, and worship planning are explored.

  • Composition. Discover your creative voice with the instruction of a professional composer, and premiere your original piece in collaboration with your fellow students.

  • Conducting. Learn basic conducting patterns and methods for conducting both instrumental and choral ensembles.

  • Handbells*. Learn the elements and techniques of playing in a handbell choir.  The handbell choir regularly serves in worship, the Hymn Festival, and select concerts.

  • Intro to the Pipe Organ. Learn how the pipe organ works and experience playing this majestic instrument (basic keyboard skills required).

  • Jazz Ensemble*. Jazz theory, techniques, and history come together in this lively performing ensemble.

  • Musical Theatre*. Hands-on experience in Broadway-style of singing and performance.

  • Secondary Lessons*. If a student plays a second instrument or sings, secondary lessons are offered once per week. Strongly suggested for all students wanting a second large ensemble placement.

*Onsite audition required

Concerto Audition

Instrumental students who have been accepted for admission into the Academy are invited to audition for the opportunity to perform with the orchestra during its final concert. 

Learn more about Concerto Auditions >


At LSM, students find a supportive community where all students can thrive. In addition to musical ensembles, students are part of small groups led by a counselors who reside in the dormitory with them. Counselors support students and plan activities that offer balance in the midst of a busy musical schedule.



Worship is central to daily life at LSM. Our chaplain provides spiritual leadership and creates a supportive community where faith - regardless of religious background - can be explored and the Lutheran church's tradition of musical excellence is celebrated.  Students have the opportunity to participate in many ways in the worship life at LSM.  The three primary worship events at LSM are:

  • Morning Prayer: A typical Morning Prayer service involves a hymn, a reading, a short message and singing Carl Schalk's Luther’s Morning Prayer as a community.

Watch Luther's Morning Prayer > 

  • Evening Prayer: This half-hour service opens with Abendmusik (German for “Evening Music”), involves a sung liturgy, a reading, and a musical offering, usually given by the Chapel Choir, the Handbell Choir, or another faction of our community. 

  • Sunday Eucharist:  The service begins with Morgenmusik (Morning Music), and follows the pattern of traditional Lutheran worship.  Each summer, a full Bach Cantata is performed in the context of worship by students and faculty together.  





Is LSM only for Lutherans?

Absolutely not! As a faith community, Morning and Evening Prayer are based in Lutheran liturgy with an emphasis on musical traditions. However, we welcome all faiths and denominational backgrounds and invite students to participate to their level of comfort.


What about the host campus?

Go to Valparaiso University Website >


How do I get to/from LSM if I am flying in to/out of Chicago?

LSM offers a charter which stops at both Chicago O'Hare (ORD) and Chicago Midway (MDW) airports for an additional fee. It is generally good advice to arrive at either airport before 2:30pm on Sunday, June 28th**. The shuttle will begin at O'Hare, stop at Midway, and end up at Valparaiso University. There will also be a shuttle that leaves Valparaiso University on July 12th (for half-session students) and again on July 26th (for full-session students), stopping at each airport as necessary.  This is a private charter that LSM contracts for delivery to/from Valparaiso University.

**(Details will emerge later with exact pickup times for the shuttle)

Why should I choose LSM?

  • A Supportive Community. You will be musically challenged by our faculty, but you'll also find a nurturing environment. Cut-throat competition is set aside in favor of personal achievement. We are here to celebrate your musical gifts and work together in  musical excellence for high quality performance experiences during Festival Week.

  • A Center for Performance. Daily recitals let you experience excellence in performance. Our amazing faculty return year after year because they treasure the opportunity to both teach and perform. You will learn from the outstanding performances you witness, and then you will become the performer in solo, chamber and ensemble settings.

  • A National Community. Our students, faculty and staff come from across the country and around the world. The diversity of our community brings voices and perspectives you will not find with a local or regional program.

  • A Faith-Based Experience. Spiritual growth is encouraged and nurtured at LSM. We intentionally link music and worship to foster a bridge between your spiritual life and your musical life. Morning and Evening Prayer welcome all of us into a community of hope, forgiveness and musical celebration.

  • A Superb Pre-College Experience. Live in a dorm with roommates, turn to a trained counselor who lives right on your floor for advice and ideas, manage your own daily schedule, and still find plenty of time for fun and friendship. LSM is a great glimpse into college life- plus you will qualify for college scholarships through our Collegiate Partnership!


Is LSM ADA accessible?

We are accessible. Lutheran Summer Music and all our programs provide a welcoming home for students with disabilities. All of our activities take place in facilities that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and staff and faculty are ready to create a successful learning environment for all participants.

Contact us to learn more about ADA Accessibility >