The number of Scholarships awarded will be determined by the qua lity of the candidates selected for interview and audition at the University.
The deadline for applications this year is 9.00 am Monday 5 October. No applications will be considered after this date/time. Applicants must be, or due to become, a current undergraduate or postgraduate at Canterbury Christ Church University.
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.
Enquiries about the scheme may be directed to the chaplaincy.
The Audition Process (with ‘online’ alternative should conditions require it)
a. For Choral Scholarships, the audition consists of the performance of one song (of the candidate’s own choice), sight- singing and aural exercises, plus a brief conversation – total duration approximately 15 minutes. Note that the audition piece should be an appropriate piece for an Anglican Chapel Choir. An accompanist will be provided, and you should bring a copy of the sheet music for him. There will be no provision for the use of backing tracks.
- ‘Online’ alternative: candidates may be asked to submit a recording of their singing, and to keep an appointment for an online interview during which the aural and sight-reading exercises will be administered.
b. 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.
- ‘Online’ alternative: candidates may be asked to submit a recording of their playing. Other exercises will be undertaken by arrangement in the Chapel, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.
c. For the Conducting Scholarship, 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 candidate’s choice, plus a ten-minute interview – total duration approximately 25 minutes.
- ‘Online’ alternative: candidates may be asked to submit a video recording of their conducting of a short piece of recorded music. Other exercises will be undertaken by arrangement in the Chapel, with the choir, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.
To obtain an audition please complete an application form (see ‘APPLY HERE’, below). Please be aware that the Referee you name may be contacted by the Director of Music, and you should ensure that you have your Referee’s agreement before you submit the form.
Choral Scholarship auditions will be held on Wednesday 7 October, 2.00-5.00 pm. The date of Organ and Conducting Scholarship auditions will also be on or around this date.