Thursday, April 24, 2014

Choral Scholarships

Choral Scholarships at St Jude-on-the-Hill

St Jude's is delighted to announce that from May 2014, it will be offering four choral scholarships to young singers between the ages of 16 and 20. St Jude's is looking for a soprano, an alto, a tenor and a bass to fill these four scholarship positions.

The scholarship will involve a weekly practice at 9.30am every Sunday in preparation with the regular choir for the 10.30am Eucharist, at which scholars will be expected to take a lead role. There will be occasional extra after-service practices for choral scholars, but the commitment will end by 12 noon each Sunday.

The choral scholarships are worth £15 per service. There are up to 50 services each year. In addition to providing the core SATB sound to our existing choir, the choral scholars will be expected to assist with the junior choir and the administration of the choir library and there may be some involvement in Proms at St. Jude's.

St Jude's has a long-standing music tradition with organ scholars who have trained at St Jude's having gone on to organ scholarships at eminent universities and many former choristers having become professional singers. The church now wants to support further the development of a new generation of young choristers: improving sight reading and ensemble singing, introducing the scholars to a wide range of church music and providing a useful building block for those who wish to apply for choral awards at university.

The scholarships will run in academic years; however we want to start the scheme from May 2014. The successful candidates would sing with us from May until July and then be reassessed for the following academic year.

Please contact the organist and director of music if you are interested in auditioning.

There will be auditions on Sunday, 27th April at 12 noon and Sunday, 4th May at 12 noon. Candidates will be required to sing two solo songs and will be given a simple sight-reading exercise.