Participants enrolled in Varna International Music Academy (VIMA) will receive in-depth music instruction from our expert faculty and will benefit from unparalleled performance opportunities alongside world-class master artists. The program will take place in major cities of South Carolina: the Capital City of Columbia, the historic city of Charleston, and Myrtle Beach along the breathtaking shores of the Grand Strand.

This program is open to instrumentalists seeking to develop a professional performing career as an orchestral and chamber musician.

Orchestra Artists will perform in the Festival Orchestra. The Festival Orchestra will feature internationally recognized artists from prestigious US orchestras, and renowned educational institutions. Participants will be assigned a position in the orchestra under the batons of Maestro Gregory Buchalter, of the Metropolitan Opera or Maestro Charles Evans, of the Long Bay Symphony and under the tutelage of the lead master artists in the orchestra, in their respective section. Auditions are required for all positions. Participants in this program will also receive coaching and preparation for the chamber music recitals, under the tutelage of master artists.


  • Two 40-minute individual lessons with the master teachers
  • One 2-hour group sectional rehearsal, led by master principal players
  • Two-hour group Chamber music coaching – preparation for instrumental chamber recital
  • Alexander Technique
  • Body mapping
  • Master class led by world-class instrumentalists: Keys to Successful Preparation for Performances, sharing from their vast experience on the world stages.
  • Participation in the student recital
  • Play in the Festival orchestra
  • Lodging in South Carolina, with host families and / or students residencies (double occupancy)
  • Breakfast daily (7 days a week)