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 Jean-François VERDIER 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!

Château Selles-Sur-Cher


  • 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 Jean-François VERDIER (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), Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon), Brass (Horns, Trumpets, Trombones, and Tuba), and Percussion & Timpani
  • Concert repertoire will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole and Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2
  • Information for application requirements and tuition details available here
  • Application deadline is February 29, 2024 for US-based applicants, March 31, 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! Apply and get accepted by February 29, 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.

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