Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Choral and Organ Scholarships - St Pancras, Lewes

Father Jonathan Martin writes:
"The Schola Cantorum of St. Pancras Lewes is offering four Choral Scholarships and one Organ Scholarship for the academic year 2012 – 2013. Scholarships are offered to students studying at the Universities of Sussex and Brighton. Awards can also be made to gap year or sixth form students. Applications from post-graduate students are equally welcome.

Choral Scholarships are offered to sopranos, altos, tenors and basses to sing in the mixed voice adult choir.
The normal commitment is one early evening weekly practice and service in term time and one Sunday service every other week in term time. The scholarships have a degree of flexibility, designed to suit the university term, and are currently worth up to £350 per annum. Travel expenses from campus to Lewes are covered.

School Choral Scholarships are also available to pupils aged 16 to 18 to assist with the cost of singing lessons over the year.

One of the benefits of the scholarship is professional group voice coaching. Charlotte Shorthouse delivers 5 x 90 minute sessions per term. During these sessions, scholars have the opportunity to develop their understanding of vocal anatomy, explore issues of vocal health and voice production, thus improving the
quality of the ensemble. The voice coaching is provided at no cost to members of Schola, as a benefit of singing in the group. This coaching is entirely compatible with scholars receiving individual voice tuition outside these group lessons with their own teacher.

At the end of the year those who have attended all the voice coaching sessions receive an attendance certificate for Estill Voice Training – Level I, an internationally recognised course (see  for more details). Attending a Level 1 course would normally cost in the region of £400.

An Organ Scholarship is available. The Organ Scholar works alongside the Director of Music to provide organ accompaniments and to assist in choral training as required. The Organ Scholarship is worth £450 and a contribution to the cost of organ lessons.

If you would like more information or have any questions please write to Father Jonathan Martin:

Auditions will be held in Lewes in September 2012. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Fr Jonathan Martin at the above email address.
St Pancras, Irelands Lane, Lewes BN7 1QX
Telephone: 01273 473309

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