Clare College Cambridge

Choral and Organ Scholarships

The Choir of Clare College website

 
Vocal Assessment Days 2016 - Late September/early October

A Choral or Organ Scholarship at Clare offers enormous opportunities to develop an individual’s singing or organ playing, to learn a wide variety of music, to make recordings and to travel. The following notes describe what is involved in holding these scholarships, and how to apply for them.

Tenure

A Choral or Organ Scholarship may last up to three years. Only in exceptional circumstances (eg, if academic pressure necessitates it) will a scholar relinquish the award.

Services

There are 3 regular services: Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday – Choral Evensong

Additionally, Choral Compline is sung twice a term and there is usually at least one Choral Eucharist. Extra services, such as Advent Carol services, All Souls and Ash Wednesday Vigils, weddings, funerals, memorial services etc., occur once or twice a term.

Except in special circumstances, members of the Choir sing all services.

Rehearsals

On average five hours a week, plus extra rehearsals in preparation for special events. Choral and Organ Scholars attend all rehearsals, except in exceptional circumstances.

Additional commitments

Concerts, recordings, tours, visits to college livings, etc., take place regularly throughout the year. Choir members can expect to give up some time each vacation (a week or so at Christmas and Easter and about three weeks in the summer, usually in July or September). Occasional visits are made during term, which may involve missing some lectures and the rearrangement of supervisions. In such instances, attendance is voluntary, and subject to Directors of Studies' approval.

Singing lessons

Singing lessons are provided, free of charge to both Choral and Organ Scholars, by a number of visiting teachers.

Support to general College music

Choral and Organ Scholars are required to play a full part in College music. In particular, they are expected to support the College Choral society which gives one or two performances per year.

General

On average a Choral Scholar may expect to put in up to twelve or thirteen hours per week during term, and extra in a week where there is a major concert or recording. The Organ Scholar, bearing in mind the number of accompaniments and solo repertoire that must be learnt, may expect to spend further time on his/her duties.

Remuneration

Choral Scholarships are worth £100 per annum, Organ Scholarships £450, with free singing and organ lessons. Fees are paid for some concerts and on tour costs are covered by the Choir and per diems are provided.

 


Applying for a Choral Scholarship

Information from the University

Choral Scholarship auditions are held over a period of two or three days (Clare will provide overnight accommodation if necessary). The tests consist of vocal and ear tests, sight reading and the performance of one prepared piece, which should if possible be sacred (though not necessarily liturgical) in nature. An accompanist will be provided, with whom there will be an opportunity to have a preliminary rehearsal. A good ear, ability to sing in tune, a ‘true’ voice with the potential for blend, good sight-reading and genuine motivation, are all qualities which will be tested. At Clare College, offer holders in all subjects are welcome to apply for Choral Scholarships. At the Choral Trials candidates can apply for a Choral Award or a volunteer choral position.

1. Open Days for Vocal Guidance

As announced on the University web-site [http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/musicawards/choral.html] there will be an opportunity this September to visit Cambridge and obtain advice before applying to the University by 15th October. The Directors of Music at certain Colleges will be available to hear you sing and will offer informal guidance intended to assist you in selecting the College to which you choose to apply, but it must be understood that the guidance offered is neither binding nor does it constitute an offer of a place in a College or a guarantee of a choral award.

During your visit you may sing to more than one Director of Music, and every effort will be made to co-ordinate timings between Colleges, but you are advised to contact no more than four colleges at most in order to avoid complicated timetabling issues.

Choir of CLARE COLLEGE

Vocal Assessment Days 2016 - Late September/early October

Please submit your completed application form by e-mail to the Co-ordinator of the Chorals Awards scheme, Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter on dt267@cam.ac.uk by 15th September 2016. You will then be informed when and where your assessment audition will take place (where possible, female voices will be heard on Monday and Tuesday and male voices on Wednesday and Thursday). The College you have placed first-choice will also contact you by email to give you a time for an informal discussion with the Director of Music.

Every effort will be made to ensure that you are not required to be in Cambridge for longer than is strictly necessary. If you are travelling from a considerable distance and may need overnight accommodation please inform us. 

Any general queries concerning the Open Days should be sent to the Co-ordinator of the Inter-Collegiate Competition Daniel Trocme-Latter.

2. Early October: Apply for an academic place at Clare College

Choral candidates follow the normal application procedure (deadline October 15th for application through UCAS). On the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) there will be a box to tick to express an interest in a Choral Scholarship should you be offered a place.

3. December: Interviews in Cambridge

Most applicants are invited for interview. Only those whose applications seem highly unlikely to be successful on academic grounds will not have their application taken any further at this stage.

4. January-March: Academic decisions and choral auditions

Students who do not receive an academic offer from Cambridge cannot be considered for a Choral Scholarship. Offer-holders who ticked the box expressing an interest in a Choral Scholarship will automatically be invited to audition. Audition dates (sometime between late January and late March, but mainly in mid-March) will be advertised after all academic offers have been made. Students who are offered a place to study at Clare College but are not successful in gaining a Choral Scholarship at Clare will be able to audition for a Choral award at another College. If possible, and where it is seen to be in the interests of the student, an offer of a Choral award from another College will be accompanied by an academic offer transferred from Clare College; no further interviews will take place.

 


Applying for an Organ Scholarship

Information from the University

The deadline for Organ Scholarship applications is Tuesday 1 September 2016, for entry in 2017 or deferred entry in 2018. Please note that this is well before the normal deadline for application to Cambridge.

Organ Scholarship trials involve the playing of a set piece, a second piece (own choice), a sight- reading test, transposition of a hymn, ear tests, the conducting of a short choir practice, and some accompanying tests.

 


Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Organ and Choral Scholarships Open Days 2016

Cambridge University Faculty of Music will be running Open Days for those considering applying for Organ or Choral Scholarships. The Organ Scholarships Open Day will take place on Tuesday 1 March and Wednesday 2 March 2016; the Choral Awards Scholarship Open Day will take place on Saturday 23 April 2016. To find out more information and to book a place on one or both of these days, please contact the Co-ordinator of the Choral Awards Competition, Daniel Trocme-Latter.

 


Instrumental Awards

Instrumental awards are also available; click here for further details


 

Precise details about the applications process for those wishing to apply for these awards can be found in the university website.

Further information about the Music Awards, may be obtained from the Director of Music, Mr Graham Ross, Clare College, Cambridge CB2 1TL e-mail: gr267@cam.ac.uk