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Choral and Organ Scholarships: How to apply

Vacancies for Organ and Choral Scholarships at Keble College 2019

"..keen attention to detail, natural pacing and shapely phrasing” (Gramophone, May 2018)

The Director of Music, Matthew Martin, welcomes enquiries at any time from those interested in Choral or Organ Scholarships at Keble and is always happy to hear prospective candidates informally. Please contact Matthew here. Current students at Keble and other colleges are also encouraged to get in touch as there may sometimes be vacancies during the course of the academic year.

The deadline for the formal University-run application process for choral scholarships for entry in 2020 is September 1 2019. It is the same for organ scholarships although we are only auditioning prospective candidates for entry in 2021 and 2022. We will sometimes admit organ or choral scholars for deferred entry, so you can apply this year (September 2019) for consideration for entry in 2021. For the University Choral Scholarship application form, please click here. For the Organ Scholarship form, please click here. Please click here for more information about reading Music at Keble and here for more information from the University website about applying for Choral or Organ awards.

Choral scholars read a wide range of subjects, including Music. For a list of subjects available at Keble please click here.

There are eight choral scholar vacancies (SATB) for entry in October 2020. All prospective choral scholars have the opportunity to sing Evensong with Keble College Choir on Saturday 28 April.

Choral Award Application Form for 2020/2021 entry

Choral Scholarship applicants should be of approximately Grade 8 ABRSM (or equivalent) standard with a fluent sight-reading facility and an enthusiasm for working with other musicians, plus a desire to develop their solo singing. A keen ear is essential, as is a willingness to commit to the regular weekly pattern of rehearsals and services.

Choral scholars can expect:

  • to sing regularly in the finest and most generous acoustic in Oxford
  • free singing lessons with our singing teacher Rebecca Outram
  • termly vocal masterclasses with various distinguished artists, recently Marcus FarnsworthPhilip Cave, Adrian Peacock and Patrick Russill
  • a generous annual stipend
  • regular free meals in College after services
  • frequent foreign tours (2016/17: France, Czech Republic and Hong Kong/Singapore). In 2019 we will travel to Sweden and 2020 New York (St Thomas, Fifth Avenue)
  • to participate in regular BBC Radio broadcasts and recordings
  • to take part in the major orchestral concerts in the annual Keble Early Music Festival, plus other extra events (recently Bach Mass in B Minor, Mozart Requiem, Tallis Spem in alium, Monteverdi Vespers)

Tour 3

The Organ Scholarship is one of the most prestigious in Oxford and has a distinguished list of alumni. Prospective candidates should have fluent keyboard skills and be keen to develop their repertoire and technique, both as accompanist and soloist. They will work closely with the Director of Music in the preparation of music for services, and he also oversees the academic side of the organ scholars' development as part of his role as Director of Studies for Music in the College.

The Chapel organ is freely available for practice, and organ scholars are provided with a piano in their room for the duration of their study here.


Organ scholars can expect to:

  • have unlimited access to one of the finest new instruments in the UK (Tickell 2011, revoiced by Ruffatti 2016)
  • accompany the choir up to three times per week during Term
  • have opportunities to conduct the choir, give organ recitals in Chapel and perform on recordings, broadcasts and foreign tours
  • receive an annual stipend and various regular free meals in College
  • participate in regular organ masterclasses provided by the College
  • receive free organ tuition from distinguished organ teachers and orchestral conducting coaching from Paul Brough (RAM)
  • have regular sessions at the organ with the Director of Music (accompaniment, improvisation, repertoire) as well as choral conducting coaching as required
  • receive singing lessons

Please click here for a full specification of the organ

For further information:
applicants should email the Director of Music, Mr Matthew Martin, and might also find it useful to consult the Oxford University Choral and Organ Awards Website.

Our Services in Term
(all services finish in time for dinner in Hall)

Sung Eucharist at 5.30pm with Keble College Chapel Choir

Morning Prayer at 8.15am

Eucharist at 12.15pm (Wednesday) and 6.30pm (Tuesday and Thursday)

Evensong with Keble College Chapel Choir at 6pm (Wednesday)

Evening Prayer at 6.30pm (Monday and Friday)

Sung Compline at 9.00pm (Thursdays only)