Our flagship

Varna International Music Academy

Since 1999, VIMA has offered in-depth music training and performance opportunities to musicians from around the world. We offer a variety of programs, including: Oratorio, Opera, Musical Theater, Choral Singers, Instrumentalists, Conducting, and Music Enthusiast.

Join us along the breathtaking shores of the Grand Strand in Conway and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and return home performing at a whole new level!

All 2022 VIMA participants will be eligible to apply for future Varna International Productions in Europe and the USA.
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Participants Say

“The Opera Academy was truly extraordinary”

The Opera Academy was truly extraordinary. For the program to present 3 fully staged operas with orchestra, and a masterworks concert in only 4 weeks is remarkable.. Everyone was able to grow and learn together and learn from each other…

Lydia Bechtel, opera singer (Soprano)

“I gained experience as if I had a fest contract in an opera house!”

I got to sing two full operatic roles at an opera house with their full-time orchestra, chorus, director, conductor, props, costumes, sets, make-up artists and wonderful teachers/coaches. I gained experience as if I had a fest contract in an opera house!

Evan Dunn, opera singer (Bass)

“The tools I gained…have truly changed my life”

The faculty and staff are absolutely wonderful and go above and beyond to help you achieve amazing things. The tools I gained from such an intensive and thorough program have truly changed my life and my ability as a whole.

Deyvion Norris, opera singer (Tenor)

“The teachers and coaches really cared about your growth and success”

Everyone - from the faculty, the administration, the professional musicians, the opera house staff, and the Bulgarian people - were warm, welcoming, and made for a great learning environment. It was such a supportive experience and the teachers and coaches really cared about your growth and success. This program is unique in that it is full of opportunities for both developing young artists who are still in school and also for advanced singers making the shift into professional work.

Kelly Birch, Opera Singer

“The musical experience was an exceptional learning opportunity”

Wonderful people, a rich culture, a beautiful country, delightful food and wine, an education on language and economy. The musical experience was an exceptional learning opportunity to become familiar with a great work in depth, from both singing and conducting (being conductedIt was a privilege to be able to participate.

Tina Clark, Opera Singer

Sponsors and Collaborators

Sharing the Legacy
2022 Violins of Hope South Carolina

2019/2020 Varna International Music Academy