We are proud to announce our three Stipendiaten for the 2024 Bayreuth Festival: Jacob Brown, a New York-based scenic designer; Caroline Couch, a BA-MPA student at New York University and Executive Director of chamber music ensemble Village Verein; and Tengku Irfan, a student of Orchestral Conducting at The Juilliard School.

The Wagner Society of New York’s three 2024 scholarship recipients will attend the annual program, organized by the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation, that occurs during the Bayreuth Festival. This Foundation was established over 100 years ago to promote the professional development of young people interested in Richard Wagner and his works. Its former participants include well-known singers, musicians, stage directors, and administrators that specialize in Wagner performance.

The Society had hitherto sent one such individual per year to this prestigious program. In 2024, due to the generosity of Mr. Kevin Salinger, Dr. Edward Seidel, and one anonymous donor, the Society will send two additional talented and highly qualified young participants. The Society is proud to support both the Scholarships Foundation’s mission and the careers of these three aspiring Wagner professionals.