6th to 14th August 2022



We are delighted to present the second edition our ancient music academy. This academy will allow young musicians and singers to deepen and develop their knowledge and practice of historical interpretation. They will be guided by artists renowned for their individual approach, whether in terms of their teaching or their performance style. This approach, the very essence of Les Epopées, is at the heart of the Academy's teaching.

The teaching team

Singing and interpretation class

Claire Lefilliâtre and Stéphane Fuget


Baroque violin class

Odile Édouard


Organ and chamber music class

Nicolas Bucher


Vocal coach class

Stéphane Fuget


Initiation to baroque dance

Gudrun Skamletz

Stéphane Fuget

Stéphane Fuget is a harpsichordist, organist, pianist and conductor. He started his career as a vocal coach alongside C. Rousset, J-C Spinosi and M. Minkowski on major international stages: Staatsoper and Theater an der Wien (Vienna), DNO (Amsterdam), Liceu (Barcelona), La Monnaie (Brusells), Opéra de Paris, Châtelet and Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris), Strasbourg, Toulouse and Bordeaux operas. He teaches a vocal voaching class and a baroque opera class at the CRR in Paris, the only of their kind in France. At the conservatoire he has put on many operas, by Monteverdi, Handel, Cavalli, Cesti, Lully, Rossi, Peri, Marais and Grétry. In 2018 he created Les Epopées, a lyrique company, advocating a decidedly new manner of interpretation.

Claire Lefilliâtre

Claire Lefilliâtre is recognised as one of the most gifted specialist interpretators of French and Italian XVIIth century music. She has collaborated with several ensembles including Le Poème Harmonique, The Holland Baroque Society, La Tempête and Les Epopées, with whom she has performed internationally (Opéra-Comique, Opéra d’Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, but also Brusells, Beijing, Delhi). Equally interested by one-off projects, Claire has collaborated with Oxalys Ensemble (Mahler, Canteloube, Berio, Jongen, etc.), Benjamin Lazare, Emily Loizeau, the circus troupe CIRCA and Aurélien Baury. A passionate teacher, she has given many master classes in France and abroad.

Odile Edouard 

A violin professor at the Lyon CNSM since 1996, Odile Edouard is an important figure in the second generation of musicians dedicated to period instrument interpretation. She most often performs chamber music, as well as solo recitals. Following her inquisitive nature, she and Alain Gervreau founded the ensemble Les Sonadori, based on their research into the birth of the violin family. In addition, she has played for over 20 years with Les Witches ensemble, with whom she explores themes of theatricality and improvisation. She frequently performs with Freddy Eichelberger, as well as Philippe Despont and Alain Gervreau in their ensemble Les Conversations. She has appeared at most significant European festivals. She has featured in over 30 recordings.

Nicolas Bucher

After studying at the Lille CRR, the Brussels Royal Conservatory and the Lyon CNSM, principally with Jean Boyer, Nicholas Bucher wonthe second prize in the year 2000 Tokyo Musashino competition. Organist in Lens, Marcq-en-Barœul and Lyon, Nicholas Bucher succeeded Michel Chapuis in his post at Saint-Séverin in Paris from 2002 to 2013. He was principal organ master of Vézelay Cathedral until 2018. He has just been appointed the prestigious post at Saint-Gervais in Paris. Having taught his instrument for many years, he then directed several teaching establishments (Arras CRD, musical studies at the Lyon CNSM, Cité de la Voix in Vézelay). Since 2018 he has been the director of the Centre de Musique Baroque in Versailles. Organist, continuo player, and conductor, his experience spans a large range of repertoire from organ music, vocal music from the 17th and 18th centuries, lyric and contemporary music.

Gudrun Skamletz

After studying in Germany and France, Gudrun Skamletz embarked on her journey as a dancer, both in contemporary dance and renaissance and baroque dance (Bayle, Massin, Roussat/Lubek, Hazebroucq). Since 2008, Gudrun Skamletz has choreographed many productions, including Cadmus et Hermione (Lully) at Opera Comique in Paris, Pygmalion (Rameau) in Trondheim and Des Facheaux (Molière). She has collaborated with conductors (Gardiner, Christie, Minkowski, Rousset, Dumestre, Malgoire etc.), directors (Lazar, Moaty, Monory), composers and fine artists. Gudrun Skamletz is also dedicated to the transmission of dance through regular lessons, courses and workshops for people of all ages. She has developed her own choreographic art at La Cie and Les Grands Ecarts since 2018.

Entry requirements

Vocal coaching class

Open to harpsichordists, pianists and theorbists wishing to develop their skills in working with singers on baroque repertoire.


Singing and interpretation class

Open to all singers, students, pre-professionals and professionals wishing to develop their skills in baroque interpretation. 17th and 18th century vocal repertoire.


Organ class

Open to amateur organists, professionals or students (undergraduate minimum level), but also to harpsichordists and pianist wishing to start the organ. Due to the instruments available, the repertoire studied will be from the Renaissance to c. 1800. In particular, European music from the beginning of the 17th century, and French 17th and 18th century music. Work will be centred around interpretation and registration. During the chamber music classes, accompaniment (written or figured bass) will also be covered.


Baroque violin class

Open to baroque or modern violinists, amateurs, professionals, or students (minimum post-graduate level). In harmony with the aesthetics of the organs we will be working with, two principal repertoires will be explored: Italian music from the late 16th and early 17th centuries: diminished songs, sonatas, canzonas, motets and madrigals... French music from the first half of the 18th century: sonatas and cantatas or religious pieces with voice.


Baroque dance

Gudrun Skamletz will lead initiation to baroque dance workshops, as well as the Baroque Ball which will end the course. No previous experience required. Open to all.


The days will be organised around individual and group lessons, chamber music classes and baroque dance initiation workshops. The week will close with student concerts. 


For instrumentalists

Daily group lesson to work on posture, historical techniques, improvisation, division....

Individual lessons

Chamber music class

Baroque dance workshop


For singers

Individual lessons alternating between Claire Lefilliâtre and Stéphane Fuget

Chamber music class

Baroque dance workshop

The Place


The Fontenottes Medical Education Centre, at the heart of Saint-Julien-du-Sault, provides an exceptional location for in depth learning. All lessons, lodging and meals take place within the grounds.


Access to Les Fontenottes

L’IME Les Fontenottes, 5 Rue du Four. 89330 - Saint-Julien-du-Sault

- By car : from Paris on the A6, the D660 then the D149 (1h50).

- By public transport : from Paris Bercy station, direct TER to Saint-Julien-du-Sault (1h20).

Saint-Julien-du-Sault town is situated at the heart of an extraordinary instrumental patrimony, with historical organs in Saint-Julien-du-Sault, Villeneuve-sur-Yonne and Sens.


Tuition fees

400 euros


Accomodation and meal cost

200 euros.

Single or double rooms within the Medical Education Centre.

Full board meals provided.


The festival concerts are open free of charge to academy students.


Admission, to be validated by the teachers, based on:

- Singers : CV and recording

- Instrumentalists : CV


Application deadline :

30th June 2022



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