Each summer, talented young people from across the U.S. come together to be part of the Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) community. What they discover is a four-week home where musical excellence is achieved, lifelong friendships are born, faith is deepened, and the spark to serve is ignited.

View and download the 2015 LSM brochure.

Check out our promo video to learn more about this amazing summer opportunity.

LSM 2015 at a Glance

WHO: Band, orchestra, choir, piano, composition, and organ students completing grades 8-12 from the U.S. and abroad. Taught by 30+ world-class faculty artists and guided by a team of dedicated counselors and staff.

WHAT: A four-week residential training and performance program for students of all religious backgrounds. Musical study, rehearsal, and performance are rooted in an intentional community that supports musical and personal growth.

WHERE: Luther College is located in beautiful Decorah, Iowa, three hours south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

WHEN: June 21 to July 19, 2015

WHY: If you're a dedicated young musician looking for a focused but fun summer...

if you're thinking about studying or playing music in college (especially a Lutheran liberal arts college)...

if you're looking for a community of friends that share your love or music and faith...

Then LSM is for you. You'll make some of the best friends of your life while improving your music skills, exploring your faith, and learning about the rich musical heritage of the Lutheran church.

  • "LSM has given me what I have always wanted: more friends, more respect and enjoyment. It’s the only place where I could show my true self and faith. I am so proud of being at LSM."*
  • "Once I open myself up through music, I open myself up to new people and experiences."*
  • "Before LSM, I didn’t realize how much music and God intertwine in my life. It has been a fantastic realization for my life. I thank God for my gifts."*
  • "Awesome! I’ve never had better friends. It’s amazing how quickly tight relationships form in four short weeks."*
  • "At LSM I discovered the person that I want to be."*
  • "I adore every faculty member and their excitement in helping us grow as musicians. I leave every choir rehearsal more energized than I was before."*
  • "I honestly never felt so welcomed in a place/community like this before. I made friends that I know I will never forget. Everything seemed too perfect. This experience has been great and I’d love to do it all over again."*
  • "I learned that I want to be a church musician when I grow up. The church needs musicians to make worship meaningful, and I would like to make a spiritual difference in someone’s life."*
  • "LSM has helped me see my life with music at the core, and now I wouldn’t have it any other way."*
  • "I learned how fast I can grow better as a musician surrounded by an environment of other serious kids. The band at my school would have taken years to do what we did in a month."*
*Unedited outtakes from our Student Surveys

At LSM...

We link music and worship so you can connect your passion for music with your personal faith.

We strive for excellence and will help you do the same.

We are a supportive home for young musicians — we value camaraderie over competition.

We ARE affordable — most students qualify for and receive financial assistance.

We offer balance — we’re serious about music but we know how to have fun.

Contact Admissions

Molly Boes
Admissions Coordinator


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