Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University


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Canterbury Christ Church University Location

South England

Canterbury Christ Church University


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South England


Scholarships at Canterbury Christ Church University

Choral Scholarships
Scholarship Name Choral Scholarships
Scholarship amount up to £1000
Nationality Any
Scholarship Deadline 9 October 2018

Choral Scholarships are worth £800 per annum and Organ/Conducting scholarships are worth £1,000 per annum.

Scholarship holders may be reading any subject. Applications are welcome from current undergraduate and postgraduate students. Scholarships are held for up to three years, with annual review.

Each year Christ Church offers at least four Choral Scholarships: one on each voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; note that countertenors and contraltos are equally welcome) and one Organ/Conducting scholarship.

Each October we offer:

  • At least four choral scholarships (one for each voice type, SATB), of between one and three years’ duration (with compulsory performance reviews/reauditions at least annually)
  • One organ scholarship OR One conducting scholarship of between one and three years’ duration (with compulsory performance reviews/reauditions at least annually)

Scholars’ stipends are paid in four annual instalments (at the end of each academic term and following September graduations), in arrears. Deductions will be made for services and other obligatory events that have been missed without good reason.

It is preferred, but not essential, for potential Choral Scholars to have had relevant experience in a church choir. For all Scholars, good sight-reading skills are essential.

Choral and Organ/Conducting Scholarships are awarded by audition at the start of each academic year. They are held for up to three years, with an annual review (re-audition) in the spring.

Scholars are appointed at the start of Michaelmas Term, usually in early October. Duties commence immediately upon appointment and end the following year, with the September graduation ceremonies. Scholars will be appointed using the audition procedures below.


Candidates do not need have held a Scholarship before, or indeed to have sung with the Chapel Choir before.

  1. The number of Scholarships awarded will be determined by the quality of the candidates selected for interview and audition at the University. A maximum of 12 Choral Scholarships and 2 Organ/Conductor Scholarships is available in 2016. The University reserves the right not to award all Scholarships, if candidates of sufficient quality do not come forward.
  2. For Choral Scholars, the audition consists of the performance of one song (of the candidate’s own choice), sight- singing and aural tests, plus a brief conversation – total duration approximately 15 minutes. Note that the audition piece should be a lyrical song or an aria from an oratorio or opera. Pop songs or numbers from musicals are discouraged. An accompanist will be provided. 
  3. For Organ/Conducting Scholars:
  1. For the Organ Scholarship: the audition will consist of the performance of two contrasting works (of the candidate’s own choice), sight-reading, score-reading, accompaniment of a hymn and a psalm, and improvisation plus a brief conversation – total duration approximately 25 minutes.
  2. For Conducting Scholars, the audition consists of leading a 15-minute rehearsal with the choir, working on two pieces, one prescribed (and sent out to candidates in advance) by the University and the other, of the candidates’ choice, plus a ten-minute interview – total duration approximately 25 minutes.

To obtain an audition please complete an application form (see APPLY HERE below ). You should name a referee on the form, who may then be contacted by the Director of Music.

Choral auditions will be held on Wednesday 11th October. The date of Organist and Conductor auditions will also be around this date. 

The deadline for applications this year is 9am Monday 9 October. No applications will be considered after this date.

Fill in the online application form below and you will be emailed with an audition time on that date. We’ll include instructions to help you find the room, and to prepare for the audition.

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