2024 European Orchestra Camp

AFA Goes to France!

Atlanta Festival Academy is delighted to announce our first-ever overseas trip in celebration of our 5th Anniversary! This nine-day all-inclusive orchestra camp will take place in France’s beautiful and historic Loire Valley.

With its enchanting landscapes, magnificent castles, and famous wineries, and nicknamed “The Garden of France”, the Loire Valley was the favorite destination of French nobility due to its exquisite natural beauty, bountiful hunting, and lush vineyards. 

AFA’s 2024 European Orchestra Camp will take place at the historical Chateau Selles-Sur-Cher and will be led by world-class musicians such as French conductor Maestro Henry Cheng and Chinese-Italian virtuoso violinist Simon Zhu. Students will perform several times, including a concert on French National Day in front of hundreds of local residents and tourists. This incredible opportunity to explore the richness of French music, architecture, and day-to-day life in the heart of France will be an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss!

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP OFFER TO SELECTIVE INSTRUMENTS (VIOLA, CELLO, & BASS)! Apply and get accepted by March 31, 2024, and AFA will give you a $1000 scholarship!

Château Selles-Sur-Cher

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  • Dates: July 8 to July 17, 2024
  • Where: Château Selles-Sur-Cher, located in France’s Loire River Valley 

Camp activities will include:

  • Orchestra rehearsals and concerts led by Maestro Henry Cheng (bio)
  • Private lessons with world-class faculty
  • Master classes
  • Special Faculty performances
  • Cultural excursions around France’s Loire Valley and beyond!

Concerts will feature violin soloist Simon Zhu, winner of the 2023 Paganini Violin Competition (bio)!

  • Open to 13 to 23 year olds (students under 15 should be accompanied by a parent/guardian)
  • Instruments: Orchestral Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass)
  • Concert repertoire to be determined. 
  • Information for application requirements and tuition details available here
  • Application deadline is March 31, 2024 for US-based applicants, April 28, 2024 for Europe-based applicants.
Total participation cost is $4,500 which includes:
  • Tuition
  • Roundtrip airfare (Atlanta to Paris aboard Air France)
  • Ground transportation* in France
  • Day trip to another Chateau in the region
  • Lodging
  • Meals*

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP OFFER TO SELECTIVE INSTRUMENTS (VIOLA, CELLO, & BASS)! Apply and get accepted by March 31, 2024, and AFA will give you a $1000 scholarship!

*Additional meals, snacks, and transportation for personal excursions are not included with this camp tuition-travel package.

*Students and parents participating this European tour are strongly advised to purchase travel insurance. This insurance provides crucial protection against unforeseen events such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, lost or stolen belongings, and travel delays. With the uncertainties of travel, especially abroad, having insurance ensures that students can focus on their musical experience without worrying about potential financial losses or disruptions. It’s a valuable safeguard that provides peace of mind for both students and their families throughout the tour.

AFA 2024 EOC Poster Cheng
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Atlanta Festival Academy expresses its sincere appreciation and gratitude to these generous sponsors for their support of our Summer Camps!