Organ and Choral Scholarships
St Giles’ offers both Junior and Senior scholarships, all designed to encourage young musicians.
Junior Organ Scholarships
St Giles’ promotes organ studies within the context of church music. Junior Organ Scholarships are available to enthusiastic musicians aged 15-18. Scholars work closely with musicians at St Giles’ and are given experience in the various areas of church music – accompanying, conducting, organ playing, teaching, rehearsal technique. They can be assured of a welcoming and supportive environment in which their talents will be nurtured. These awards are valuable for those considering a scholarship at Oxbridge or other universities or cathedrals. Please contact the Choir Director for further information.
St Giles’ focus on choral and organ music and education makes it an ideal training ground for students wishing to develop their music and teaching skills. The Senior Organ Scholarship is particularly ideal for those wishing to gain teaching experience. The Senior Organ Scholar works closely with the Choir Director and has opportunities to conduct, work with all three choirs, and accompany. Please contact the Choir Director for further information. We are always delighted to hear from prospective applicants! We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.
Junior Choral Scholarships
We are always delighted to hear from young musicians who are interested in joining the choir, wishing to gain experience in choral singing. Junior Choral Scholarships are offered to singers under the age of 19. The scholarship provides excellent preparatory training for any young musician wanting to pursue further music studies or choral awards at university level. The weekly turnover of music develops sight-reading ability as well as expanding a scholar’s understanding of many centuries of music making.
St Giles’ offers Senior Choral Scholarships to university students who are keen to gain further choral experience, and particularly to those who wish to develop their teaching skills. Scholars sing with the choir during Full Term and play a leading role in the choir. For those who wish to teach there are opportunities to tutor in singing, music theory, and general musicianship, including preparing choristers for examinations. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to these posts.
I joined St Giles’ as Senior Organ Scholar during my second year of a music degree at The Queen’s College. What attracted me to the position was the opportunity it presented to gain experience with treble voices – something in short supply in a city like Oxford, with its many fine mixed-voice choirs. I took from St Giles’ more than I expected to: not only was the challenge of teaching and conducting children extremely valuable, but the role I played within the infrastructure of a music department, comparable to that of a collegiate church or cathedral, was something which helped me go straight from university to a cathedral job.
The experience I received in organ playing was also extremely beneficial, and the position offered virtually unlimited access to the church’s substantial 3-manual instrument. Due in no small part to this resource, I received my FRCO diploma at the end of my time at St Giles’.
Both in terms of practical resources offered and experience to be gained in training young voices, it is hard to imagine finding a better source of such experience in Oxford outside of the choral foundations.