Since 1999, Varna International Music Academy (VIMA) has offered in-depth music training and performance opportunities to conductors, vocalists, and instrumentalists from the United States and around the globe. The strategy of our music academy has been to place participants where they can learn from masters in a musically rich European environment and better prepare for a professional career in music.
Through the years, VIMA has provided modest scholarships to those who need it most. However, as the cost of basic undergraduate and graduate education skyrockets, we have observed an increased need for financial support. To ensure these experiences are accessible to tomorrow’s conductors and musicians, we relaunched VIMA as a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization in 2018. This allows interested individuals and organizations to invest in ensuring the legacy of true art continues to have a lasting and far-reaching impact on classical musical training and education. Gifts of any size are meaningful to us because we are encouraged by your support of our mission. However, we have identified a few key needs that may be of interest to you.
The artistic level at which musicians participate at VIMA allows them to grow exponentially. The average program cost for each participant who attends the music academy for three weeks (including travel and lodging) is $5,200. Your donation, whether partial or full, will ensure a new generation of artists will be equipped to enter the professional world of music.
We recruit the most experienced and highly-regarded faculty for our academy from prestigious venues like the New York Metropolitan Opera and the London Royal Opera House as well as from US and international universities. Your gift honors their expertise, talent and time by securing their stipend, travel and lodging expenses. A gift of $7,500 fully funds one artist-in-residence, but we value all contributions as critical to hiring the world-renowned faculty that makes our academy unique.
Professor Marin Chonev dedicated his life to providing affordable music education to musicians throughout Bulgaria. As a way of continuing his legacy, this endowment ensures qualified Bulgarian students will always have an opportunity to participate in VIMA through the scholarships it provides.