Varna International Music Academy (VIMA) offers three unique summer programs for conductors in the summer of 2023.

Our Conducting Programs are designed for conductors with moderate to advanced conducting skills. Conducting Fellows study with the conducting faculty and with other guest conductors and clinicians.

Each conducting fellow will receive ample podium time throughout the workshop during the detailed score study, choral rehearsals, orchestral rehearsals, piano rehearsals, and tutti. Each fellow will conduct a portion of the repertoire in a public performance. Registration is open to a maximum of 8 conducting fellows.

Choose one of our options below and join us for an unforgettable summer of music!


  • Daily rehearsal time with pianist, string quintet, or chamber string orchestra
  • Daily sessions addressing conducting technique and detailed score study, led by the conducting faculty and Maestro Buchalter
  • Conducting Fellows will conduct a portion of two public performances
  • Video recording of your podium time during the public performance
  • Master classes
  • 14 nights lodging at 4-star hotels in Varna, Bulgaria
  • Half-board (breakfasts and lunch or dinner daily)