Conductors

The Varna International Music Academy (VIMA) offers a variety of unique summer programs for conductors:

  • One-week CHORAL conducting workshop during the Varna International Choral Festival
  • One-week ORCHESTRAL conducting workshop during the Varna International Choral Festival
  • Stabat Mater, Rossini, 10-day CHORAL-ORCHESTRAL Conducting Workshop during VIMA
  • 4-week OPERA and CHORAL-ORCHESTRAL Conducting Workshop for Assistant Conductors during VIMA

VIMA also offers two Combination Packages which provide additional opportunities to enjoy up to 5 weeks of music excellence on the breathtaking shores of the Black Sea.

Our Conducting Programs are designed for conductors with moderate to advanced conductor skills. Conducting Fellows and Conducting Associates study with the conducting faculty and with other guest conductors and clinicians. Both Conducting Fellows and Conducting Associates are guaranteed daily podium time.

Choose one of our options below and join us in Varna, Bulgaria for an unforgettable summer of music!


CHORAL Conducting Workshop 2020 Varna International Choral Festival "Professor Marin Chonev"

Tuition:
4-star hotel/apartment: $1890
3-star hotel: $1790


Inclusions:

  • Ample, daily podium time with the Academy International Chorus, featuring choral music from various world regions. Conducting participants will conduct during rehearsals and the final performance.
  • Hands-on training by the Academy’s conducting faculty, including score study and instruction on conducting techniques and styles.
  • Opportunity to attend lecture series on a variety of topics, including score reading and interpretation, as well as other subjects pertinent to the conducting professions.
  • Participants will be exposed to choral music from different world regions.
  • Opportunities to conduct portions of performances during the 2020 Varna International Choral Festival.
  • A video-recording of your podium time during the public performance.
  • 7 nights lodging in three-star hotel or four-star hotel/apartment in Varna, Bulgaria (double occupancy).
  • Full breakfast and lunch buffets 7 days a week.

ORCHESTRAL Conducting Workshop 2020 Varna International Choral Festival "Professor Marin Chonev"

Tuition:
4-star hotel/apartment: $1890
3-star hotel: $1790


Inclusions:

  • Ample, daily podium time with the Academy string orchestra, featuring chamber music. Conducting participants will conduct during rehearsals and during the final chamber music performance.
  • Hands-on training led by Metropolitan Opera conductor, Maestro Gregory Buchalter, with instruction on conducting techniques and styles.
  • Opportunity to attend lecture series on a variety of topics, including score reading and interpretation, as well as other subjects pertinent to the conducting professions.
  • Participants will be exposed to choral music from different world regions.
  • A video-recording of your podium time during the public performance.
  • 7 nights lodging in three-star hotel or four-star hotel/apartment in Varna, Bulgaria (double occupancy).
  • Full breakfast and lunch buffets 7 days a week.

CHORAL-ORCHESTRAL COMBO Conducting Workshop 2020 Varna International Choral Festival "Professor Marin Chonev"

Tuition:
4-star hotel/apartment: $2490 (savings of $1290)
3-star hotel: $2390 (savings of $1290)


Inclusions:

  • Ample, daily podium time with the Academy International Chorus, featuring choral music from various world regions. Conducting participants will conduct during rehearsals and the final performance
  • Ample, daily podium time with the Academy string orchestra, featuring chamber music. Conducting participants will conduct during rehearsals and during the final chamber music performance.
  • Hands-on training led by Metropolitan Opera conductor, Maestro Gregory Buchalter, with instruction on conducting techniques and styles.
  • Additional hands-on training by the Academy’s conducting faculty, including score study and instruction on conducting techniques and styles.
  • Opportunity to attend lecture series on a variety of topics, including score reading and interpretation, as well as other subjects pertinent to the conducting professions.
  • Participants will be exposed to choral music from different world regions.
  • Opportunities to conduct portions of performances during the 2020 Varna International Choral Festival.
  • A video-recording of your podium time during the public performance.
  • 7 nights lodging in three-star hotel or four-star hotel/apartment in Varna, Bulgaria (double occupancy).
  • Full breakfast and lunch buffets 7 days a week.

Stabat Mater, Rossini – CHORAL-ORCHESTRAL Conducting Workshop Varna International Music Academy

Tuition
Conducting Fellow:
4-star hotel/apartment: $2760
3-star hotel: $2590

Conducting Associate:
4-star hotel/apartment: $2560
3-star hotel: $2390


Inclusions:

  • Ample, daily podium time with the Academy Chorus and Orchestra, featuring Stabat Mater, by Rossini. Conducting Associates will conduct only during rehearsals; Conducting Fellows will conduct during rehearsals as well as during the two final performances. Each Conducting Fellow will conduct one movement of STABAT MATER, by Rossini, during the public performances at the Festival and Congress Center Concert Hall.
  • Hands-on training by the Academy’s conducting faculty, including score study and instruction on conducting techniques and styles.
  • A video-recording of your podium time during the public performance.
  • Lodging in three-star hotel or four-star hotel/apartment in Varna, Bulgaria (double occupancy).
  • Full breakfast and lunch buffets 7 days a week

Single Room Occupancy Rate
4-star hotel/apartment: $400 for 10 days lodging
3-star hotel: $350 for 10 days lodging

OPERA and CHORAL-ORCHESTRAL Conducting Workshop Varna International Music Academy

Tuition
4-star hotel$5560
3-star hotel: $5160


Inclusions:

  • Individual score study with the Academy's Maestros of the following repertoire:
    • STABAT MATER, Rossini May 25 - June 3, 2020
    • DIE FLEDERMAUS, J. Strauss May 28 – June 15, 2020
    • TALES OF HOFFMAN, Offenbach June 1-22, 2020
  • Opportunities to conduct portions of the rehearsals with opera singers, orchestra and choir at the Maestros' discretion
  • Opportunities to lead rehearsals with the Opera Chorus
  • Lodging in three-star hotel or four-star hotel/apartment in Varna, Bulgaria (double occupancy)
  • Full breakfast and lunch buffets 7 days a week

Festival and Academy CHORAL-ORCHESTRAL COMBO Conducting Workshop Varna International Music Festival and Varna International Music Academy

Tuition
Conducting Fellow:
4-star hotel: $6950
3-star hotel: $6450

Conducting Associate:
4-star hotel: $6450
3-star hotel: $5950


Inclusions:

  • 5 weeks of intense conducting training with our world-renowned faculty, covering a wide spectrum of choral, orchestral and choral-orchestral masterworks repertoire. This combo package combines Programs 1, 2, 4 and 5.
    • Choral Conducting Workshop: May 18-25, 2020
    • Orchestral Conducting Workshop: May 18-25, 2020
    • Choral-Orchestral Conducting Workshop: May 25-June 3, 2020
    • Opera and Choral-Orchestral Conducting Workshop: May 25-June 22, 2020
  • Lodging in three-star hotel or four-star hotel/apartment in Varna, Bulgaria (double occupancy)
  • Full breakfast and lunch buffets 7 days a week



Weekly Program Cost
(includes tuition, lodging, two hot buffet meals daily)

4-star hotel/apartment (double occupancy): $1390 per week
3-star hotel (double occupancy): $1290 per week


Single Room Occupancy Rate
4-star hotel/apartment: $280 per week
3-star hotel: $245 per week