The UPstarts! concert series debuted in 2012.  The program provides young emerging musicians and singers, native to the Upper Peninsula, a professional context in which to perform in a variety of venues.

The artists experience a rigorous touring schedule, meeting audiences of all sizes in widely different performance settings.  These concerts provide the artists with important experience on the concert stage and give audiences a chance to experience the level of talent that comes from local communities.

Susan Byykkonen, well-known local professional pianist, is the UPstarts! program Coordinator.  Susan provides not only the piano accompaniment for the musicians and singers throughout their touring experience, but also provides professional guidance as they learn and grow. 

The Festival understands that it is vital to support the professional ambitions of the U.P.’s emerging young artists and is proud to offer this concert series in pursuit of that goal.