Summer Music Programs


Wagner Intensive

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music regrets to announce that we will not be offering the BW Wagner Intensive for the summer of 2014. 

Please check back with us for the summer of 2015. 

Let the world's top Wagner teachers, coaches and conductors help launch your career into the Wagnerian repertoire. Join renowned opera singers and teachers Jane Eaglen and Timothy Mussard and much sought-after coach/conductors Eric Weimer and William Vendice for ten days of intensive training. The curriculum includes private lessons, repetoire coachings, scene study, German language study, staging rehearsals, master classes and final performances on Saturday, July 27. Mature singers who are exploring the Wagnerian repertoire are encouraged to submit an audition by April 1, 2013 for consideration.

Typical Daily Schedule


Breakfast (included)


German language coaching


Rehearsal with accompanist

11:00 Private lesson


Lunch (included)


Repetitor / conductor coaching


Scene study / staging

6:00 Dinner (included)
7:30 Master class

All Intensive students will participate in a minimum of:

  • 2 60-minute private lessons
  • 2 60-minute coaching with repetitor / conductor
  • 2 60-minute rehearsals with accompanist
  • 2 30-minute coaching with German language specialist
  • 1 master class
  • multiple scene study / staging rehearsals, most including conductor
  • dress rehearsal with conductor 
  • 2 public performances on Saturday, July 27

Master Classes

All will participate in masterclasses during the Intensive.  All Wagner Intensive artistic staff will present public master classes and participants will have the opportunity to perform in at least one master class each.


All performances and master classes are open to the public. Performances and master classes will take place in Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building at 96 Front Street, Berea, Ohio.

Final performances on Saturday, July 27 will include staged scenes and/or arias that have been prepared during the Intensive and will also take place in Gamble Auditorium.

To see last year's program schedule, please click here.

Application Procedure

Auditions and applications are required for all Wagner Intensive applicants.  Live auditions are preferred while audition videos may be uploaded to  Auditions should include two contrasting arias from the Wagnerian repertoire.  You must either participate in a live audition or have your audition video uploaded AND mail a hard copy application, resume, headshot and deposit by April 1, 2013 in order to be considered for participation in the Intensive.   To schedule a live audition, please contact Program Coordinator Caroline Arendec at 440-826-2365 or

Fees for 2013

Tuition, room and board -- $2,800

A $200 tuition deposit must accompany the application and will be applied toward tuition.  The deposit will be refunded for those students not admitted to the program.  The deposit is non-refundable to those accepted to the program.  Payment in full is due by July 1 and no refunds will be made after that date.


All lessons, classes, rehearsals and performances will take place in the BW Conservatory of Music's new facility.  Open as of May 2011, the facility includes new and updated rehearsal halls, classrooms, teaching studios and practice rooms.  All spaces are air-conditioned and provide adequate acoustical separation for optimal learning and rehearsal. 


All participants will be provided with on-campus housing and all meals.  Participants will reside in private rooms in an air-conditioned residence hall close to the Conservatory and within a short walk of the Student Union where meals will be served.

Artist Faculty

Jane Eaglen, artist faculty member and co-artistic director of the BW Wagner Intensive (click on name for full bio)

Timothy Mussard, artist faculty member and co-artistic director of the BW Wagner Intensive (click on name for full bio)

Coach / Conductor Eric Weimer has established himself as one of the pre-eminent coach / Assistant Conductors in the international opera world. Through his work at some of the world's leading companies--in particular, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Bayreuth Festival, but also the San Francisco Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra--he has prepared some 150 productions, collaborating with most of the world's greatest opera maestri: James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Bruno Bartoletti, Donald Runnicles, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Moest, Antonio Pappano, James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach, Christian Thielemann, and Georg Solti. In this work, he has coached and worked closely with virtually all the major singers active on the international opera stage. He has prepared twelve complete cycles of Wagners's Der Ring des Nibelungen and is also known for the breadth of his experience with other repertoires, particularly the Baroque and the Italian. Weimer's most recent activities have included conducting productions by the DePaul School of Music of The Marriage of Figaro and Hansel and Gretel, and in 2008 he conducted two acclaimed performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Conductor William Vendice was Head of Music Staff and Chorus Master at Los Angeles Opera from 1995 to 2007. At LA Opera Vendice has conducted performances of Norma, La Bohème, Hänsel und Gretel, Madama Butterfly, Barber of Seville, Aida, Tosca, La Traviata and Die Zauberflöte. Prior to his return to his native California, Vendice was a member of the conducting staff at the Metropolitan Opera where he debuted in 1983 with Barber of Seville. While at the Met, he also conducted Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Entföhrung aus dem Serail, Porgy and Bess, L'italiana in Algeri, and the Finals Concert of the Metropolitan National Auditions.  Vendice has conducted internationally at Berlin's Theater des Westens, Hamburg Opera, Puerto Rico Opera, Banff Festival, Israel Opera Institute, the Perelada Festival in Barcelona, and with the Winterthur Orchestra in Switzerland. In the U.S. he has led Eugene Opera, New England Lyric Opera, Chatauqua Opera, Hollybush Festival in New Jersey, the San Francisco Opera Mozart Festival and was Music Director of Western Opera Theater for the San Francisco Opera. He has also been assistant conductor at Houston Grand Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Santa Fe Opera, Venice's La Fenice and Grand Théâtre de Genève.  One of the nation's outstanding vocal coaches, William Vendice is equally well known in the field of vocal education. He was Music Director of University of Southern California Opera from 1992 to 1995 and Music Director of UCLA Opera from 1996 to 2004.  He has judged for the Met auditions, Spotlight Awards and Bel Canto Society Awards. He was a guest coach for San Francisco Opera's Merola Program during the 2010 session.

Recognized internationally as one of the leading singing actors today, American bass-baritone Alan Held has appeared in major roles in the world's finest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera,  Canadian Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Munich State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, the Netherlands Opera, and Theatre Royal de la Monnaie. His many roles include Wotan in the Wagner's Ring Cycle, the title role in The Flying Dutchman, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Scarpia in Tosca, Leporello in Don Giovanni, the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffman,  Jochanaan in Salome, Don Pizzaro in Fidelio, Orestes in Elektra, Balstrode in Peter Grimes and the title role in Wozzeck.  Equally at home on the concert stage, Mr. Held has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Kirov Opera Orchestra, and Montreal Symphony. He has also appeared at the Salzburg, Tanglewood, and Saiton Kinen festivals and at the BBC Proms.  He has worked with many distinguished conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jeffrey Tate.  He recently appeared as the Four Villains in the Met’s HD broadcast of the Les Contes d’Hoffman and appears as Donner in their DVD of the Das Rheingold. He also appears as the title role in Cardillac in the DVD of the Paris Opera production, and recorded the role of Don Pizzaro in Fidelio with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for EMI Classics.  This season, Mr. Held may engagements include a new production of Elektra at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Siegfried at the Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla, Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg at the Tokyo Opera Nomori Festival,  and Tristan und Isolde and Salome at the Canadian Opera.

A native of Washburn, Illinois, Mr. Held received his vocal training at Millikin University and Wichita State University.   He is a recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Birgit Nilsson Prize, and is also a noted clinician who regularly gives master classes at Yale University.


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