Join the Chapel Choir

If you are a University of Exeter student who will be studying at Exeter for a full academic year or longer, then you are very welcome to audition for the Chapel Choir. There is no age limit - mature students are welcome.

For full details of what would be expected of you as a chorister, please see the role of a chorister.


The choir attracts singers of a high musical standard.

Prospective scholars will ideally have had some background in choral music at school or elsewhere, but this is not a requirement for auditioning. Familiarity with the Anglican choral tradition is desirable, but not essential.

Audition requirements are as follows:

  1. 2 contrasting pieces, prepared by the candidate
  2. Ear tests
  3. Psalm chanting – chanting Anglican and plainsong at sight
  4. Sight-singing tests

In addition to vocal quality, the expectations at audition are exceptional sight singing skills, general musicianship and the ability to work to a high standard within a small group.

Chapel Choir 2019-20

We are now looking to establish the Chapel Choir of the forthcoming academic year.

This year's vacancies are:

  • 3 Soprano Scholarships
  • 3 Alto Scholarships
  • 2 Tenor Scholarships
  • 2 Bass Scholarships
  • 1 Organ Scholarship

If you think you may be interested in joining the Chapel Choir for 2019-20, please contact the Director of Chapel Music at

The confirmed value of the Choral Scholarships for 2019-20 is a minimum of £650.

£300 is given as two instalments of £150 during the academic year. The choir are also responsible for singing at the University's graduation ceremonies, for which each chorister receives the remaining £350.

In addition to the scholarship, the choir also receive fees for occasional special events, such as weddings and concerts.

Auditions are expected to take place during the first week of the Autumn Term (the week commencing 23rd September 2019).

Prospective scholars are welcome to join us during Music and Orchestra Week (the week before Freshers' Week, commencing 8th September 2019). The choir will be rehearsing and participating in workshops from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday in the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel.

Get in touch...

The Director of Chapel Music, Michael Graham, is always pleased to receive enquiries from potential choral and organ scholars, so if you have any questions please contact him by email at