Summer Season of the Association "Les Quatre Saisons d'Epineau"
15, Impasse de la Liberté, 89400 Epineau-les-Voves

Masterclasses for duo singer-pianist from 17th of August to 21st of August 2020

Gerda Hartman, soprano - John Whitelaw, chamber music

The Art of the Song Recital

  art de melodie

Illustrate above all Poetry as the primal source of my music
Hugo Wolf, 1890

Closing Concert in the Church of Epineau-les-Voves
Friday 21st of  August 2020 at 18h30


                 Works chosen from the German Lied and French Art Song répertoire.

Gerda Hartman and John Whitelaw will work individually with each duo on the fusion of the musical and poetic text and the profound interaction between voice and piano - how to listen to the  expressive value of the harmonic writing, how both parts should declame the poetic and musical context of each piece - how both should listen to each other and make music in the true spirit of chamber music.

We welcome advanced students in their final years of conservatory studies, young professionals as well as professionals who work as an established duo.
Each duo will receive intense and detailed tuition during two working sessions per day and should present at least 5 pieces of substance, chosen from the above mentioned repertoire, "by heart". Duos in full preparation of international "Lied - Duo" competitions, may present Lieder and "mélodies" from the list of their competition programs.


Please send us a presentation of yourself with details of your personal address as well as an audio or video
recording of two songs in German and in French - preferably recorded by your duo via  la page contact du site (cliquez)
For the eventual possibility of inscribing without a duo partner, please contact us as soon as possible.

Inscription deadline: Friday the 5th of June 2020 

After selection, we will confirm your participation as well as all further inscription and financial formalities
by the 15th of June 2020 at the latest.

We will then establish, together with you, the program to present at the Masterclasses - at least 5 pieces "by heart".

 Global fee for the " participation aux frais" : 300 € / person, which includes:
°  50€ Inscription fee (not re-embursed in case of last minute annulation)
•  Lodging "sur place"  (2 persons per room)) 5-6 nights.
•  Full board - meals are served in the atmosphere of our private home.

 Tuition is free - offfered as a form of bursary.

                Traveling costs are not covered.
                We can meet you at the Laroche Migennes station.
                gerda eteGerda Hartman 

After 40 years of a professional career shared between the performing stage and teaching institutions, notably the Paris Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory in Mons, Belgium, and the Music Department of the Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Gerda Hartman now concentrates her work mainly on teaching singing in a private context and in masterclasses.
Together with her husband John Whitelaw, she founded the cultural and artistic association "Les Quatre saisons d'Epineau" in Epineau-les-Voves, France.  Biographie.

John Whitelaw

                John Whitelaw

Trained as a pianist in the United States, John Whitelaw oriented his studies to the harpsichord which he studied in Montréal under the direction of Kenneth Gilbert. In the years following, he  taught  harpsichord and vocal music for ensembles at the University of Ottawa.
Finalist in the International Competitions for Harpsichord in Bruges and in Paris - In 1983 John was appointed professor in harpsichord at the "Hoogeschool voor Muziek" in Ghent where he taught for many years. As a soloist he performed all over the world.
In 1975, John Whitelaw met the soprano Gerda HARTMAN with whom he gave numerous recitals, accompanying her either on harpsichord, piano or forte-piano, in a repertoire spanning over four centuries. Together with Gerda he regularly gives masterclasses in Baroque music, German Lieder and French Art Song.
For a detailed biography, click: Biographie

                                                        The working sessions

Arrival on Sunday, the 16th of August between 18h-19h.  "Getting acquainted meal" at 20h
Lessons from Monday to Thursday:  10h-13h and 16h-19h 

Sunday 21st of August: Lessons and rehearsal for the concert in the church: 10-13h
Concert in the church at 18h30.

The lessons take place in the private studio of the Association and are open to a small public.
Free entrance "dans la disponibilité des places" on Wednesday 19th  and Thursday 20th of August in the afternoon.
Reservations  obligatory :

For any further information, call us at the same number: 00 33 (0)3 86 62 11 80
or send inquiries to


Soyez les bienvenues dans notre douce Bourgogne !

« In einem Bächlein helle… » Schubert

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La maison, Epineau-les-Voves

Practical Information:

Trains are direct from Paris. Traveling time 1h20 (a train every hour)
Départure : Gare Paris/Bercy or Gare de Lyon.
Arrival: Gare Laroche Migennes.

Acces by car - Parking at the church.
From Paris: (150 km) A6, Exit no.18 "Joigny Toucy" , then direction Auxerre until the first traffic light after about 22km.,
Turn right and you have arrived - Parking at the church. .
From Lyon: A6, exit no.19 "Joigny Migennes"