Join the Chapel Choir: Choral Scholarships

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. This opportunity is open to students in all years, undergraduates and postgraduates, and there is no age limit – mature students are very welcome to audition.

The Chapel Choir is free to join and you do not need to be a member of the Students' Guild – entry is purely the result of a successful audition.

You do not need to be religious or a person of faith to be a member of the choir, we simply ask that you are respectful of the places of worship in which you are singing.

Chapel Choir 2019-20

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

Choral Scholarships

This year's choral vacancies are:

  • 3 Soprano Scholarships
  • 3 Alto Scholarships
  • 2 Tenor Scholarships
  • 2 Bass Scholarships

The value of each full Choral Scholarship for 2019-20 is £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 participating chorister will receive the remaining £350.

Please see the role of a chorister for full details of what would be expected of you as a choral scholar.

Organ Scholarship

We also have a vacancy for one Organ Scholarship.

Auditions

Auditions for 2019/20 are expected to take place during the first week of the Autumn Term (the week commencing 23rd September 2019).

The choir attracts singers of a high musical standard. In the 2018-9 academic year, 90 students auditioned for 6 choral places.

Prospective scholars will ideally have 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:

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

In addition to vocal quality, the expectations at audition are:

  • exceptional sight singing skills
  • general musicianship
  • the ability to work to a high standard within a small group

Get in touch...

If you would like to audition for the Chapel Choir for 2019-20 or if you have any questions, please contact the Director of Chapel Music, Michael Graham, by Sunday 22nd September 2019.

Email: chapelmusic@exeter.ac.uk
Mobile: 07788 721170
Telephone (Chaplaincy office):
01392 725858