Maestro Maxim Vengerov is visiting Professor and Ambassador of IMMA. Oleg Kaskiv works with him as Director of Studies. Together they take decisions concerning inviting teachers, admission of students, programming and planning concerts, rehearsals, recordings, concert tours, etc. Together, they form the Artistic Direction of IMMA.
Admission procedure of students
1-2 times per year will be held auditions for the admission procedure.
- Selection by video link if necessary
- Audition in front of a Jury composed by IMMA’s artistic direction and teachers.
Any accepted student has an evaluation after 3 months, and then at the end of each academic year. Lack of musical work, inability to communicate in English, behaviour problems in musical activity or in everyday life, are reasons to interrupt the stay of the student in the Academy.
Studies at the Academy last for 3 years. Exceptionally, a 1 year extension can be awarded. The decision of awarding an extra year is taken by the Board of IMMA on recommendation of Maxim Vengerov, the Director of Studies and the main teachers according to the merit and special needs of the student.
Academy fee / Scholarship
IMMA doesn’t charge tuition fees, but takes all income from donations, events, concerts, etc. for the financing of IMMA’s activities. All recording and image rights borne out of the activities of the Academy and its students, during the course of their studies, belong to IMMA.
A scholarship for living expenses can be given to students who shall request it. The criteria to obtain such scholarship are social need and extraordinary artistic merits.
If a student decides to leave the Academy before the end of the cursus, he/she will have to reimburse all monies given, unless a 3 months’ notice is given in writing to announce such departure.
At the end of studies, students who will have benefitted professionally from their stay at IMMA are encouraged to give back to the Academy something that he/she has received from IMMA during their studies. This contribution can take different forms: Financial contribution, free lessons as a teacher and/or free concerts given to IMMA as a soloist. Such participation is done on a voluntary basis.
If a student benefits from a living expenses scholarship, such scholarship shall consist of:
- Half-tax card for train tickets in Switzerland
- A monthly scholarship of CHF 700.00 for students who get free accommodation. The purpose of this scholarship is to help the student to live decently in Switzerland during the time of study. For that reason, the scholarship will not be given during the vacation: this means no scholarship for September and half a scholarship of CHF 350.00 before the Christmas and Easter breaks. The amount of the scholarship is decided by the Board and may vary according to the financial possibilities of IMMA. The scholarship is paid between the 15th and the end of the month.
- Health insurance for treatment by a physician and for hospital stays (urgent situation only). Medicine on prescription reimbursement.
IMMA Academic Year
The academic year of IMMA lasts for 12 months and starts on the first week of October of each calendar year.
Holiday times are:
1. Summer: 1st to 30th of September
2. Spring: 3 weeks (Easter time)
3. Winter: 3 weeks (Christmas time)
Dates and periods may change if exceptional concerts or concert tours require it.
Artistic and pedagogic work
Teaching and lessons
- Each student is entitled to get 4 to 6 individual lessons of 60 minutes each per month, apart from chamber music coaching.
- Maxim Vengerov, the Director of Studies and the main teachers decide what the students will play. For chamber music, the Director of Studies, along with the main teachers, decides which pieces will be played and which students play together. Requests by students for specific works to be learnt or specific student groups to be formed shall be submitted to the Director of Studies who shall take his decision after discussions Maxim Vengerov.
- All students are obliged to play in the “Menuhin Academy Soloists” chamber orchestra and in chamber music concerts when required. This is an integral part of professional training and experience.
- All male students must have tails (a frac) and a dark suit, and females a long skirt or dress and a mid-length dress.
- Each student must take responsibility for his own music and pay for whatever he/she loses. A designated student is responsible for the required music for a given program, and has to see that it is available for rehearsals.
- The manners of conduct on and offstage should be of the highest standard and reflect the dignity of the Academy and its founder at all times.
Certificate of Studies
- Certificate of studies ‘The IMMA Diploma’ signed by the President of IMMA, Maxim Vengerov, the Director of Studies and the main teacher will be given to those who have completed the full 3 years study period at the Academy. Students must have the required standard of performance and are expected to give a final recital.
General obligations and remarks
- Each student has to follow the rules and has to respect the decisions made by the Board of IMMA, the Director of Studies and the Director General.
- Each student has to behave in a way that respects the high ethic requirement of the founder of IMMA and his name.
- If a student, or a group of students, wish to address problems during their stay at the Academy, this needs to be done formally whether orally or in writing: To the Director of Studies first, to the Director General if this concerns non-academic matters and if it is a particularly sensitive matter.
- Because of danger of accident, students are not allowed to practice skiing or other dangerous sports, which could damage their arms and fingers.
- Finding accommodation during the period of study is the student’s responsibility. However, IMMA tries to the best of its ability to help students find accommodation free of charge. Should IMMA fail to find said free accommodation, students will have to find their own accommodation and may be given a supplement to their living expenses scholarship. This supplement, if necessary, shall be discussed individually on a case by case basis.
- Each student has to show respects towards the Board members of IMMA, Maxim Vengerov, the Director of Studies, the Director General, the teachers, the public and to each other.
- In the case of gross misconduct and/or irregularities, the Board (on proposition of the Director of Studies and the Director General) might decide to suspend, modify a scholarship or to expel a student.
- Students cannot absent themselves without permission. The permission will, when possible, be given for solo concerts, competitions and auditions provided such permission is sought at least one month in advance. Such request shall be made in writing to the Director of Studies and to the Director General, with the date of departure and the date of return, reason of absence, contract or invitation. The Director General shall give the eventual authorisation to the student in writing. If all conditions are respected, the permission will be given if there are no main activities such as concerts, courses or important event at the Academy during the time of absence. The absent student will be responsible to organise the rehearsals of chamber music so that the next course can take place as usual. Exceptions can be discussed for very special situations.
- Professional orchestras for concerts and operas can invite students to perform when this engagement is in agreement with the Director of Studies and the Director General. Such request shall be made in writing to the Director of Studies and to the Director General, with the date of departure and the date of return, reason of absence, contract or invitation. The Director General shall give the eventual authorisation to the student in writing after he is satisfied that such engagement respects all labour laws and regulations pertaining to this engagement. If all conditions are respected, the permission will be given if there are no main activities such as concert, courses or important event at the Academy during the time of absence. The absent student will be responsible to organise the rehearsals of chamber music so that the next course can take place as usual. Exceptions can be discussed for very special situations.
- Any student showing a negative attitude or speaking badly about the Academy will first be warned and if the situation does not change, will be sanctioned or even dismissed from IMMA.
A penalty is imposed on students who are late for rehearsals and lessons. The penalties are as follow:
a) CHF 50.00 for a late arrival to the lesson or to the rehearsal
b) CHF 100.00 for absence to the lesson or to the rehearsal
c) CHF 50.00 for a non-respect of IMMA rules after one warning in writing.
*Part or whole scholarship will be subtracted to students clearly identified and responsible for damages to the campus or to furniture, loss of material belonging to IMMA.
Automatic financial penalties as described above shall be decided by the Director General. Sanctions and/or dismissal of a student shall be decided by IMMA’s Disciplinary Board. The Disciplinary Board of IMMA consists of two representatives of the Board of IMMA (including one of them being the President or Vice –President of IMMA), Maxim Vengerov, the Director of Studies, the Director General and the main teacher of the student.
STUDENT Obligations with Host families & UPON DEPARTURE
- Students invited to stay in families must behave with the highest regard to their host, keep their rooms tidy and clean.
- Students must at all time remember that one incident can create disrepute of the Academy and, as the host families are a small circle of friends, the end of free accommodation for all his fellow students.
- The student is at all time a representative and an ambassador of IMMA and must behave accordingly.
- Every student who is given free accommodation will have to vacate his/her room immediately upon leaving the Academy to make place for new students.
- Upon leaving the Academy, every student must declare his/her departure the ‘Contrôle des Habitants’ of the Commune. Failing to do this creates administrative problems to the host families and must be avoided. The last month scholarship of a leaving student shall only be paid after departure formalities have been properly done according to Swiss regulation and the necessary documentation presented to the Director General.
General obligations of IMMA students On the ROSEY CAMPUS
- The possession and consumption of drugs, of any nature.
- Theft on or off campus.
- The possession or consumption of alcoholic drinks on campus throughout the week.
- Smoking. As part of its overall health policy, Le Rosey requires students not to smoke. IMMA students may smoke only in designated areas.
Health and Safety
During the night, security guards patrol the campus and may be called should the need arise.
Access to the Rosey is closed to prevent the presence of unauthorized visitors. IMMA students must wear a special bracelet equipped with a microchip. Students must immediately inform the Director General in case of loss or theft.
Manners and general behaviour
Manners on campus should be marked by courtesy: one greets people politely in the morning; doors should be held open for the person following; one avoids vulgar language; one covers one’s mouth when one coughs; one does not spit or throw litter on the ground; toilets are left clean. Visitors to the campus should be welcomed with courtesy and warmth.
Table manners are dictated by Swiss custom. One eats with a straight back and with the hands, but not the elbows, on the table. One eats by lifting the food to the mouth and not by moving the head closer to the plate.
In general, at the Rosey Campus, IMMA students must:
- Keep the facilities given to IMMA clean and orderly: IMMA room, practice rooms and rehearsal rooms.
- Respect meal hours at the Rosey restaurant
- Respect security and access hours to the Paul & Henri Carnal Hall, especially during the winter quarter.
- Respect access hours and procedure to access individual practice rooms
- Dress in a correct manner at all time
- Respect the code of manners and general behavior
- Respect access hours of sporting facilities of Le Rosey
- Inform the Director General of visitors who, in turn, has to inform Le Rosey administration
- Never use food or drinks in music facilities (rehearsal room, practice rooms etc..)
- Always ask permission to use Rosey material at the carnal Hall
A penalty is imposed on students who are not respecting the rules of the Rosey Campus. The penalties are as follow:
d) CHF 50.00 for a non-respect of Rosey Campus rules after one warning in writing.
e) CHF 100.00 for non-respect of Rosey Campus rules after three warnings in writing.
Consistent breach of Rosey Campus rules may result in dismissal.