Their lives were enriched by rising to perform at previously-unattainable levels…

Dale Morehouse, Musical Administrator

Invest in the Future of Classical Musicians!

In 1999, Varna International Music Academy (VIMA) began offering aspiring musicians of all levels an opportunity to hone their craft while exploring the rich history and culture of Varna, Bulgaria.

Over the past 22 years, VIMA has become one of few international summer festivals offering a comprehensive program, combining unparalleled music instruction and fully-staged productions with costumes, sets, and orchestra. Throughout the program, soloists, choral singers, conductors, and instrumentalists attend a variety of masterclasses and individual coaching while preparing to perform in fully-staged productions.

Now, Varna International is excited to announce that once again, in the summer of 2023, VIMA and its largest International Music Festival is returning to the Grand Strand.

The Academy will culminate in Muzika! The Grand Strand Music Festival - a large-scale festival with over 30 world-class performances, including fully-staged Operas, choral - orchestral performances & Master Artists Concert Series, featuring the talented participants of VIMA and internationally-recognized artists from The Metropolitan Opera and other prestigious organizations.

Muzika! is expected to draw large audiences to the Grand Strand, enriching local culture and positively impacting the community. The organizers anticipate it will become a focal point in South Carolina, further establishing the state as a place of prominence in the area of art and culture.

Play a role in realizing this high-profile event in the Grand Strand, by taking advantage of a variety of sponsorship opportunities.

*VIMA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible, as allowed by law.

 Support the Power of Music

Take part in this tremendous undertaking of bringing to the Grand Strand an annual, month-long, classical music festival of over 30 large-scale performances, featuring world-renowned master artists and talented student artists. This music festival promises to draw thousands to the area by bringing to the Grand Strand internationally-recognized musicians from The Metropolitan Opera and other prestigious organizations nationwide, who will showcase their talent alongside local artists and young and aspiring musicians from throughout the nation.

In addition, special workshops will be offered gratis to local music teachers, and to middle and high school students along the Grand Strand with the purpose to invest in and encourage local talent. We invite you to be part of this phenomenal opportunity, to create a tremendous platform for networking, discovering and fostering young talent.

Sponsorship Benefits include:
Recognition on local television and radio stations
Color ad in the Festival Concert Booklet
VIP seats in the Festival Concerts
Invites to the VIP Receptions
Logo Inclusion on Festival Publicity Materials
Media Press Release, Print Advertising
Sponsor Recognition in PR, Social & Digital Promotions
Tax deductible contribution

Invest in the musicians of tomorrow by sponsoring a Student Artist, or bring a world-class Master Artist from The Metropolitan Opera and other prestigious organizations to the Grand Strand. Your gift provides essential support for creative and passionate talents, while supporting classical music and its beautiful legacy. You will have the opportunity to meet your artist at the Festival, during a special VIP event, sponsored by the organizers. For a gift of $2000, $3000, or $5000, you can join our Festival Friendship Circle and play a vital role in the success of this world-class event, while bringing great visibility and recognition to your organization.

This is an opportunity to advertise your organization in Muzika! The Grand Strand Music Festival Program Booklet. It presents a unique opportunity to feature your business in this world-class event and provides a format for advertising that highlights your support for education and the arts. Wide circulation of the program booklet is guaranteed in each of the month-long, large-scale concerts throughout the Grand Strand, with circulation in the tens of thousands.


Varna International Music Academy and Muzika! The Grand Strand Music Festival will bring to The Grand Strand area over 50 renowned artists from the most prestigious artistic organizations throughout the USA. In addition, this unique event will draw over 200 young and aspiring musicians for month-long exceptional music training and unparalleled performance opportunities. With over 30 concerts from July 1 – August 3, 2022, this event will showcase our master artists and talented musicians in fully-staged operas and musical theater productions, choral and chamber music series, as well as solo recitals.

A very special focal point will be the Master Artists Concert Series, featuring internationally-recognized artists from The Metropolitan Opera and other prestigious organizations.

Muzika! The Grand Strand Music Festival is expected to draw large audiences to the area, enriching local culture and positively impacting the community.

We invite you to partner with us in this exciting endeavor. Together we can launch an annual large-scale, world-class International Music Festival for the community.

Together We Grow!

Sponsors and Collaborators

Sharing the Legacy
Varna International Music Academy 2022

2022 Violins of Hope South Carolina

Participants Say

“Truly extraordinary … remarkable ...very well performed”

The Opera Academy was truly extraordinary. For the program to present three fully staged operas with orchestra, and a masterworks concert in only four weeks is remarkable. The productions were all very well performed, costumed, directed, sung, conducted, and the sets were great.

Lydia Bechtel

opera singer (Soprano)
“I gained experience”

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)
“Second to none”

The amount of podium time afforded to each Conducting Fellow and Associate is second to none, and the benefits were immediate. Not only was my technique refined under the excellent tutelage of Larry Wyatt and Dian Tchobanov, but remarkable professional opportunities emerged upon my return home.

Randall Speer, D.M.A.

Professor of Music, Randolph College