List of masterclasses I participated in:

2011 Schubert Stichting Masterclass – Amsterdam

Final Concert: Mahler and Schubert (

Chanda VanderHart participated with soprano Rebecca Nelsen for the Gustav Mahler course with mezzo-soprano Jard van Nes and pianist David Selig and with soprano Sarah Kramer for the Franz Schubert course with bass-bariton Robert Holl and pianist Rudolf Jansen.

List of participants:

  • Rebecca Nelsen, soprano and Chanda VanderHart, piano (USA)
  • Sarah Marie Kramer, soprano and Chanda VanderHart, piano (Canada / USA)
  • Nikoletta Bolya-Pap, soprano and Judith Csüllög, piano (Hungary)
  • Sonja Volten, soprano and Natasha Douma, piano (Netherlands)
  • Karolina Hartman, mezzo-soprano and Yuri van Nieuwkerk, piano (Netherlands / Sweden)
  • Pauline Leroy, mezzo-soprano and Alexandre Grelot, piano (France)
  • Carina Vinke, alto and Eke Simons, piano (both Netherlands)
  • Emilio Pons, tenor and Robert Bärwald, piano (Mexico / Germany)
  • Artur Rozek,baritone and Anastasia Levandovskaia, piano (Poland)

Rebecca Nelsen, soprano: “Rarely does a singer feel as cared for and as respected in a Masterclass setting as I did this year as a participant of the Schubert and Mahler Masterclass. The attention to detail and painstaking preparation that went into the course before the participants even arrived was evident on the first day at our welcome lunch – we were presented with welcome packets, fed a lovely lunch and given the opportunity to get to know our new mentors: Jard van Nes, David Selig, Robert Holl and Rudolf Jansen.” ■

Chanda VanderHart, pianist: “Thank you so much for the opportunity to work and perform in the Mahler and Schubert Masterclass this past April. There was such attention to detail and to our needs taken, making it a joy to come and participate. The venue is beautiful, the audience appreciative, the teachers constructive, and the host family accommodations palatial. I could not have asked for a better environment to explore Schubert and Mahler Lieder, and feel lucky to have been selected to take part. Thank you for a wonderful week.” ■

Nieuwsbrief 2011 – Dutch newsletter of the Masterclass

Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme

Ann Murray on English Song (12-18 June 2010)

Mezzo-soprano Ann Murray has had a glittering career on the opera and concert stages of the world, and has brought to life the heroes and heroines of Handel, Mozart and Strauss. She is also a renowned interpreter of a wide-range of song, and closely associated with Britten’s beautiful song cycles for mezzo.

Chanda participated to the course with Canadian soprano Vanessa Lanch and American baritone Bryan Benner.


Roger Vignoles on Strauss and Wolf Lieder (2-10 September 2010)

Pianist Roger Vignoles is one of the world’s great interpreters of Lieder and here explores the masterpieces and lesser-known works of two great song composers, Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss.

Chanda participated to the course with soprano Lucia Cesaroni, also among the participants, her friend German Bass-Baritone and Photographer Maximilian Fuhrig.

Stimmen Festival Freistadt 2010

Roger Vignoles is internationally recognised as one of the foremost piano accompanists of our time. In an outstanding career he has partnered a distinguished list of artists, including such singers as Sir Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Robert Holl, Wolfgang Holzmair, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Elisabeth Soederstroem and Sarah Walker.

His many recordings have been highly praised, especially recent issues with Susan Graham (Reynaldo Hahn) Bernarda Fink (Schumann,Spanish Songs) Stephan Genz (Beethoven, Hugo Wolf) and Christopher Maltman (Songs of Travel). He has also directed highly-acclaimed Lieder series at both the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Roger Vignoles is much in demand as a teacher. He has given masterclasses and workshops for singers and pianists in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Vienna as well as in the USA, Canada and Japan, and at the Royal College of Music in London, where he is currently Prince Consort Professor of Accompaniment.

Sommer Lied Weinberg 2008

“Franz Schubert meets Francis Poulenc”

International Workshop for singers and pianists @ Schloss Weinberg, Upper Austria
Date: 5.-13. July 2008 – Artistic Director: Roger Vignoles

Inaugural concert: 6 July 2008, Schloss Weinberg, Wolfgang Holzmair / Roger Vignoles

Participant concerts: 11 July, Puchenau – 13 July, Gmunden

Wolfram Rieger Barcelona Masterclass 2007

Chanda VanderHart and Austrian soprano Romana Beutel relaxing in Barcelona after Wolfram Rieger Masterclass.

Songs for this Masterclass were recorded at the Konservatorium Wien University.

Als Luisa die Briefe – W. A. Mozart / Romana Beutel, soprano & Chanda VanderHart, piano

Hans und Grete – Gustav Mahler / Romana Beutel, soprano & Chanda VanderHart, piano

Bei dir sind meine Gedanken – Johannes Brahms / Romana Beutel, soprano & Chanda VanderHart, piano

Sommer Lied Weinberg 2007

“Hugo Wolf meets Claude Debussy”

International Workshop for singers and pianists @ Schloss Weinberg, Upper Austria | 7.-15. July 2007
Artistic Direction: Roger Vignoles

“The fourth Sommer Lied Weinberg masterclass is dedicated to the songs of the contemporary composers Hugo Wolf and Claude Debussy. While the beautiful landscape of Upper Austria is the perfect backdrop for Wolf’s Morike songs, the course offers an opportunity to compare the approach of these two very different composers, who both strongly believed in the importance of the poetic text they based their work upon.”

Inaugural concert:  8 July 2007, Schloss Weinberg, Rittersaal – Adrian Eröd / Roger Vignoles
Participant concerts: 13 July 2007, Freistadt – 15 July 2007, Gmunden

Sommer Lied Weinberg 2006

“Johannes Brahms meets Samuel Barber”

International Workshop for singers and pianists @ Schloss Weinberg, Upper Austria
Date: 8.-16. July 2006 | Artistic Director: Roger Vignoles

“The third Sommer Lied Weinberg turns to the songs, duets and folk-songs of Johannes Brahms. In the picturesque surroundings of the Upper Austrian landscape, participants will have the opportunity to explore the particular challenges presented to both singers and pianists by these masterworks, as well as entering the less familiar territory of Samuel Barber, perhaps the greatest American song-composer of the twentieth century. Daily masterclasses will culminate in two public concerts given by the course participants.” (Roger Vignoles)

8 July 2004, Schloss Weinberg, Michaela Selinger/Roger Vignoles
J. Brahms: “Gipsysongs” op.103; “Two songs for alto, viola and piano” op.91; Selected “Folksongs”; Selected songs by H. Duparc and S. Barber

15 July 2006, Landesmusikschule Schärding
16 July 2006, Gmunden
Performed by participants of „Sommer Lied Weinberg“

Sommer Lied Weinberg 2004

“Franz Schubert  meets Benjamin Britten”

Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupic and Chanda VanderHart attended the first edition of Sommer Lied Weinberg masterclass series directed by Roger Vignoles. Recordings from Schloss Weinberg studio: