FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the camp?

Orlando: Ages 4-9 & Ages 10-18 - June 4-8, June 11-15 & June 18-22, 2018

France and Belgium: July 7 – 30th 2018

Is there an audition requirement?

Orlando: No.

France and Belgium: Yes. Go to "Register", download the "registration form 2018 France and Belgium" PDF form, fill it out and please return it at the address mentionned with the check and your tape, DVD or youtube URL.

What if want to register but my son/daughter does not have her passport yet?

Orlando: N/A

France and Belgium: Students ARE NOT allowed to travel WITHOUT a VALID PASSPORT! If your child(ren) do(es) not have a passport, fill out an application ASAP. Once the passport application is sent, feel free to register. We strongly suggest you DO NOT register your child(ren) until the application has been sent. The application process takes from 2 to 6 weeks.

Are meals provided?

Orlando: No, only light snacks and drinks/water during breaks. Make sure students come with a lunch box.

France and Belgium: For the French portion of the trip, students will have the ability to purchase food at the grocery store which is walking distance to the conservatory. Students will also have a kitchenette in their rooms. For Belgium, 3 meals per day will be provided.

What are the lodging arrangements?

Orlando: N/A.

France and Belgium: In France, students will be staying at a hotel in St-Maur steps away from the Conservatory. There will be two to four students per room. It is possible to request an individual room at a higher rate, but the availability is not guaranteed. Please contact the director at Laurent.boukobza.pianist@gmail.com if you have questions about the individual room.

In Belgium, the students will stay in a dormitory (same place as where the music camp takes place). There will be 1 or 2 student per bedroom.

ROOMS ARE NOT COED.

How much money do I need to bring and how do I exchange money there?

France and Belgium: In France, plan to spend around 45 Euros/day for food. N/A for Belgium. These amounts do not take in considerations extra expenses such as personal gifts, laundry, unscheduled sight-seeing excursions. In France, it is very easy to exchange money at several places in Paris. In Belgium only spending money. everything else is already included in the price.

In both Countries, Major Credit cards and debit cards are accepted. For cash withdrawal purposes, we strongly recommend bringing a debit card which will work in all ATMs abroad for a small bank fee.

How do I pay for the camp?

Orlando: Click here and fill out the form.

France and Belgium: Click here and fill out the form

Do I have to use a credit card (and therefore pay the processing fee) for registering for the camp or can I pay by check (and avoid the processing fee)?

Orlando (Avalon): Either credit card, money order or check made out to “Laurent Boukobza International Piano Academy LLC” is acceptable. Send the money order or check to the following address: Laurent Boukobza, 231 Prairie Dune Way, Orlando, FL 32828

France and Belgium: Either credit card, money order or cashier’s check made to “Laurent Boukobza International Piano Academy LLC” is acceptable. Send the money order or check to the following address: Laurent Boukobza, 231 Prairie Dune Way, Orlando, FL 32828.

Will I have access to a laundromat?

Orlando: N/A

France and Belgium: In France, a laundromat is situated 0.3 miles away from the conservatory (so around 0.4 miles from the hotel). In Belgium, there will be a laudromat. We strongly suggest students wash their clothes in the sink.

What is the dress code for the student’s performances?

Orlando: Casual dress.

France and Belgium: Casual dress.

Will student’s performances be recorded?

Orlando: Yes. Click here to see past performances

France and Belgium: Yes. Click here to see past performances

Are the hotels Wi-Fi equipped?

Orlando: Yes.

France and Belgium: Yes, both hotels have free Wi-Fi.

What are the transportation accommodations in Paris and Bruges?

In Paris: unlimited Metro passes will be provided to students. They must bring a small ID picture to put on their Metro Passes. MINORS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A CHAPERONE.

In Belgium: The dormitory, restaurant, and the conservatory are at the exact same location. .

If I cancel, can I be refunded?

Orlando: the reservation fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. The rest of the tuition may be partially refunded in extreme situations and only at the discretion of the director.

France and Belgium: EACH PAYMENT IS NON-REFUNDABLE as  each payment secures plane tickets, hotel reservations, tuition fees, faculty, etc.

What is the chaperone/student ratio?

Orlando: 1:5

France and Belgium: Although international regulations require a 1:10 ratio, our camp will offer a 1:5 ratio! Security is our priority.

Do I need extra insurance for the camp?

Orlando: N/A

France and Belgium: It is always a good idea to take extra coverage when going abroad. Either in case you would have to cancel the trip for any reason, or if you believe that your health could be an issue.

How many and which pieces should I prepare?

Orlando: 2 to 3 pieces. One of these pieces should be performance ready. One should be in the process of being learned. The third one should be a brand new piece.

France and Belgium: 5 to 6 pieces all together. A movement of a sonata counts as one piece. Regarding the chamber music, the repertoire will be decided once the final payment is made (as it will demonstrate your commitment to the Music Camp).