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 Rome, Italy and in the beautiful Veneto region of Northern Italy.

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

Instrumentalists who pass the auditions process successfully 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 baton of Maestro Gregory Buchalter, of the Metropolitan Opera 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.

Instrumentalists Inclusions:

  • 3-star and 4-star hotel lodging (double occupancy), two meals daily, ground transportation (except for airport transfers)
  • Play in the Festival orchestra
  • One 2-hour group sectional rehearsal per week, led by master principal player
  • One 60-minute individual lesson per week with the master teachers (optional)
  • Two-hour group chamber music coaching – preparation for instrumental chamber recital (optional)
  • Participation in a chamber student recital (optional)