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. Conducting Fellows are guaranteed ample daily podium time with the resident choir and/or orchestra. Registration is open to a maximum of 8 conducting fellows.

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.
All VIMA 2023 programs are eligible for academic credit. For more information, please email our office.

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


  • Daily rehearsal time with a rehearsal pianist, string quintet (instrumental track), or chamber choir (choral track)
  • Cumulative daily podium time: 30-60 minutes per conductor (individual lessons with the Maestros with pianist, string quintet, and chamber orchestra)
  • Daily sessions addressing conducting technique and detailed score study led by the conducting faculty
  • Conducting Fellows will conduct a portion of the instrumental and/or choral work at the public performance
  • Video-recording of your podium time during the public performance
  • Seven or eight nights lodging in South Carolina, with host families and / or students residencies (double occupancy)
  • Breakfast daily (7 days a week)

Qualified applicants will study opera and oratorio repertoire under the tutelage of Maestro Gregory Buchalter from The Metropolitan Opera and Maestro Charles Evans from the Long Bay Symphony. Admitted conductors will assist the Maestros and conduct during music and staging opera ensemble rehearsals. Limited conducting podium time with the festival orchestra may be assigned during rehearsals, at the Maestros discretion. Applicants must apply for the complete period of one or more of the three opera tracks or for the Verdi Requiem and Opera Gala program.