Boston Wagner Institute at New England Conservatory

July 27 - August 7, 2020

2020 Applications are now available! 

New England Conservatory hosts Boston Wagner Institute with Director Jane Eaglen. The Institute is an education-forward program for singers with the potential to sing Wagner. With a career spanning the roles of Wagner's heroines in opera houses around the world, Ms. Eaglen has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to build vocal stamina and maintain dramatic interest to fill the expansive music and staging of this style. Ms. Eaglen is committed to passing on the benefit of her extensive experience to the Wagner singers of the future. 

Participants will learn the style of Wagner's music with master pianist coaches Michael Strauss and Eric Weimer. Aria and scene repertoire for study, which may be included in the final performance in NEC's Jordan Hall, will be assigned based on accepted participants. Boston Wagner Institute will be limited to a small number of participants, enabling the program to offer a daily private session for each participant, rotating between Ms. Eaglen, Michael Strauss, and Eric Weimer. Recognizing the need for training singers with similar voice types together, Boston Wagner Institute will offer every participant an opportunity to learn from their colleagues in multiple studio and master classes with Ms. Eaglen. There will be daily movement and dramatic sessions with Assistant Director Danielle Wright. Ample time and space for private practice and group socialization will be built into the program to aid retention of new information and set participants up for their future. We hope you will consider applying to join us this summer in our inaugural year of the Boston Wagner Institute.  


Tuition and Registration

2020 Tuition and Fees:

Tuition: $1,800

Registration Fee: $40

Application Fee: $20

If you are accepted, the $250 deposit and $40 registration fee is due by March 1. You may choose to pay the $1,800 tuition in-full on March 1. Otherwise, if you choose to pay tuition on the automatic payment plan, there will be an additional $10 fee due at registration. On the payment plan, the second payment of $250 will be automatically charged on April 1 and the third and final tuition payment of $1,300 will be automatically charged on June 1.  Housing and dining packages are purchased separately.

Housing and Dining Accommodations

Affordable on-campus housing is available at New England Conservatory’s new Student Life and Performance Center. View sample room layouts

Housing Rates for 2020:

Double Room: $85 per night

Single Room: $105 per night

One extra day is available on either end of the program dates to allow for travel. The bathrooms are communal, but gender-specific. Some floors of the Residence Hall are co-ed, while some are single-gender. Linens and towels are provided.

For any questions, please contact the Director of Residence Life and Housing Steven Sweat.

Dining Rate for 2020:

On-Campus Dining Plan: $39 per day

NEC offers three three meals per day, all of which will be served in the Dining Hall of the Student Life and Performance Center. The Green Room Cafe is the on-campus dining hall located on the first floor of the Student Life and Performance Center catered by Rebecca's Cafe.

Rebecca's Cafe offers fresh, locally-sourced food that meets a variety of dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, keto, etc. They are able to make special meals to accommodate nut, shellfish or other severe food allergies. Please notify Dining Services staff of your allergies in advance.

Application and Audition Information

2020 Applications are available! 

The Boston Wagner Institute will be using YAP Tracker for applications this season. 

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You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details).

Register with YAP Tracker

Application Deadline:

Live Audition Application: Received by Saturday, December 21, 2019 through YAP Tracker

Recorded Audition: Received by Sunday, January 5, 2020 through YAP Tracker

Supplemental Materials: Please submit a resume, headshot and repertoire list for your audition.

Audition Information

Live Auditions:

Live auditions will take place on January 12, 2020 at New England Conservatory in Boston. A pianist will be provided. You may request a late-afternoon live audition time to accommodate for travel, but accommodation is not guaranteed. Please contact Kayla Gautereaux, Local Program Coordinator, to submit a request.

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Recorded Auditions:

Because recordings are unlikely to do a dramatic voice justice, live auditions are highly suggested. However, single-take video recordings will be accepted until January 5, 2020.

Audition Requirements:

Three arias, one of which must be composed by Wagner. 


Please contact Kayla Gautereaux, Local Program Coordinator, with any questions.