A master teacher who can diagnose most vocal problems, Marje teaches a technique that works for all styles of singing. Students learn relaxation, breathing, projection, tone, diction, and delivery of an authentic and polished performance. Using exercises developed over 25 years of teaching, Marje has developed several warm-up tapes for students to take home.
An accomplished pianist, Marje also coaches and accompanies singers. Singers work with Marje to choose the right material, transpose to the right key, and develop a professional level of performance.
Marje Wagner has offered private and small-group instruction in vocal technique, piano and performance to singers, actors and presenters since 1984. Her students range in age from 11 to 80 and have gone on to sing in jazz clubs, rock clubs, opera and Broadway.
Offering a vast array of skills, Marje has training in voice, piano, oboe, guitar, dance, acting, yoga, Alexander Technique, Sanskrit chant and meditation.
Marje earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in voice. She is fluent in Spanish and French, and also sings in Italian, Hebrew and Portuguese.
Marje is honored to work with anyone – beginners and professionals alike – who seeks to expand their musical arena.
Marje served as Assistant Director and Vocal Coach to the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Bev Grant, for three years. When the Chorus performed at the Women’s Festival at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), BAX’s Executive Director Marya Warshaw observed that Marje’s work had brought the chorus’s sound to a profound new level.
Versatile, patient and energetic, Marje served as Choral Director for several Senior Choruses including St. Mary’s (Long Island City), JASA Williamsburg and Our Lady of Pompeii (lower Manhattan).
At Brooklyn’s Middle School 51, Marje served as vocal coach to students applying to performing arts high school programs, under the direction of John McEneny, Drama Teacher and Artistic Director of Piper Theatre.
A recent testimonial from the mother of an M.S. 51 seventh-grader: “I was astounded at the difference in just a few sessions…. My songbird is back and I couldn’t be more appreciative.” – Fiona Boneham, mother of Iolanthe Brooks
A seasoned international performer, Marje Wagner has been featured as a singer and pianist in venues small and large for over 25 years.
Marje Wagner’s ensemble performance credits include Carnegie Hall, where she sang with Kirk Nurock’s Natural Sound Ensemble, and Town Hall and Symphony Space with the Barry Harris Jazz Choir.
As a solo performer Marje’s New York credits include The Blue Note Jazz Club and Birdland. In France, she sang and played piano at the Memphis Melody Jazz Club and l’Agnelis Club in Paris, Le Smart Club in Nice, and led a Paris-based jazz band at the Bozouls Jazz Festival, held in a 12th-century church.
More recently, Marje led a stellar jazz band at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s JAZZ & ROSES Festival, co-hosted by WBGO Jazz Radio.
Currently, Marje performs frequently with New York’s top musicians at the University Club in Manhattan under the direction of Tom Nelson, the club’s house pianist.
Marje’s study and practice of Sanskrit chant has led to her work leading Kirtan, or group chant.
She has led Kirtan at the Integral Yoga Institute in lower Manhattan (with Reverend Kim Lesley) and at Shambhala Yoga and Dance in Brooklyn.
Marje recently led a multi-cultural Kirtan to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, as part of Spoke the Hub’s “Peace-keeping and Peace-finding Day.” Accompanying herself on acoustic piano and backed by percussion, Marje led the participants in singing her compositions and arrangements of peace chants from a variety of traditions. Chants were sung in Hindu, Judaism and Yoruba. This event was held in the sanctuary of the Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn.