July 1-29, 2018*

Half Session: July 1-15, 2018

*Going to the ELCA Youth Gathering? So are we! Travel with our staff from the Gathering to LSM July 1. Stay tuned for specific travel details.


Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana

Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) is a residential performance and training program for young musicians grades 8-12. LSM is hosted on different Lutheran college and university campuses each summer. Join over 25 nationally recognized faculty artists and a team of dedicated counselors in our supportive, academic community.


Meet the 2018 LSM Faculty

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Valparaiso University







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.



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

  • 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.

  • Eurhythmics. Learn the concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression through movement in a fun and hands-on environment.

  • 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.