Varna International Music Festival

We are excited to include choirs from around the country in this festival! Please note, we offer our out-of-town choirs an optional comprehensive tour package.

ALL PARTICIPANTS, your participation fee includes:

  • Opportunity to perform in Dona Nobis Pacem and the Opera Orchestral Gala at the Koger Center for the Arts
  • Invitations to a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, November 6 (including drinks and snacks) and a Celebratory Reception on Saturday, November 9 (including hors’ d’oeuvres, drinks, and live entertainment)
  • Two complimentary tickets for performances of Dona Nobis Pacem and the Opera Orchestral Gala at the Koger Center for the Arts (4 tickets total)
  • Festival t-shirt
  • Professional digital photo of all Festival participants
  • Professional concert publicity and stage management

CHORAL SINGERS, your participation fee also includes:

  • Choral and choral-orchestral rehearsals with Maestro Gregory Buchalter
  • Each participating choir will receive a recording of the two final performances (1 per choir)
  • Professionally designed program booklets to feature all participating choirs

CONDUCTING STUDENTS, your participation fee also includes:

  • Three two-hour score-study conducting sessions with the festival Maestro, Gregory Buchalter and an accompanist.
  • Podium time during the choral and choral-orchestral rehearsals at the discretion of the Maestro
  • Rehearsals and podium time with a string ensemble
  • Conducting one piece during the String Chamber Recital
  • Video recording of conducting recital with String Chamber

SOLOISTS AND YOUNG ARTISTS, your participation fee also includes:

  • One voice lesson with a USC voice faculty member
  • One coaching session with a USC voice faculty member
  • Master class with Maestro Gregory Buchalter, Metropolitan Opera conductor
  • Soloists will be featured in the Opera Orchestral Gala at the Koger Center, under the baton of Maestro Buchalter (Audition required)
  • Select Soloists will also present at the master class with Maestro Buchalter
  • Young Artists will receive choral and choral-orchestral rehearsals with Maestro Buchalter
  • Young Artists will be featured in an Opera Showcase Recital, performing 1 aria each
  • Young Artists will participate in the two concerts at the Koger Center for the Arts: Dona Nobis Pacem and Opera Orchestral Gala
  • Optional coaching with opera coach Marek Ruszczynski from the Royal Opera House of London: $150/session

TOUR PACKAGE also includes:

  • 5 nights lodging in 3-star Columbia hotel & breakfasts
  • Arrangements to perform separately as an individual choir in a concert venue in Columbia (20 singers or more)
  • Guided tours of Columbia and Charleston with a professional tour guide
  • Ground transportation in private a/c motor coach and driver
  • Full time tour manager

PARTICIPATION FEES:
Children and Student Choirs:$150 per person
Adult Choirs:$200 per person
Conducting Students:$500 per person
Soloists and Young Artists:$500 per person

TOUR PACKAGE (INCLUDES PARTICIPATION FEE):
Children and Student Choirs:$790 per person (quadruple occupancy)
Adult Choirs:$890 per person (double occupancy)
Conducting Students:$1,190 per person (double occupancy)
Soloists and Young Artists:$1,190 per person (double occupancy)