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Organ and Choral Awards 2018/19

Vacancies for Organ and Choral Scholarships at Keble College 2018/19

The Director of Music welcomes enquiries at any time from those interested in Choral or Organ Awards at Keble and is always happy to hear prospective candidates informally. Current students at Oxford are also encouraged to get in touch as there may sometimes be vacancies during the course of the academic year. Please note that the organ scholarship is open to applicants for entry in both 2018 and 2019. We now accept applications for Choral Award candidates wishing to read Music.

The deadline for applications for choral and organ scholarships for entry in 2018 is September 1 2017. 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.

There are six choral scholar vacancies (SATB) for entry in 2018 and vacancies for an organ scholar in 2018 and 2019.

B Minor 3Choral Scholarship applicants should be of approximately Grade 8 ABRSM (or equivalent) standard with a fluent sight-reading facility and a desire to sing regularly with others and develop their voice. A keen ear is essential, as is a willingness to commit to the regular weekly pattern of rehearsals and services.

Choral scholars can expect:

  • four free singing lessons per term from our singing teacher Rebecca Outram
  • termly vocal masterclasses with various distinguished artists (2016/17: Marcus Farnsworth/Philip Cave/Patrick Russill)
  • an generous annual stipend
  • regular free meals in College
  • opportunities to participate in frequent tours, concerts, broadcasts and recordings (3 tours in 2016/17: France, Czech Republic and Hong Kong/Singapore)
  • to sing regularly in the finest and most generous acoustic in Oxford
  • In addition this year: BBC R3 Choral Evensong scheduled for December 2017/recording with¬†Instruments of Time & Truth (June 2017)

The College recently established twelve new Choral Scholarships. More information is available here.

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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:

  • 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 tours
  • receive an annual stipend and various regular free meals in 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

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)