Scholarships and awards
We’re pleased to be able to offer a wide range of support to organists and choir singers at Hertford. Discover what we offer below and watch our video to find out more about opportunities for organists.
Hertford College awards two organ scholarships at any one time. These scholarships are available to students who apply to study music at the college, and are awarded via the University of Oxford’s central organ-awards scheme. This year, Hertford will appoint an Organ Scholar to begin in 2022 and in addition will consider deferred entry for 2023.
Unlike organ scholarships at many other colleges, Hertford organ scholars are not deputies to a professional organist or music director, but have significant autonomy in organising the chapel’s music, playing the organ and directing the choir themselves.
Hertford organ scholars graduate with a far greater experience of music planning and directing. This is a deliberate policy, intended to grow young leaders.
Further benefits include:
- A stipend of £500 per annum
- Fully-funded organ, conducting and singing lessons
- A unique leadership development programme, including training and mentoring
- The opportunity to help shape the musical life of the Chapel
Hertford College offers a total of eight choral awards at any time to fulfil leading roles in the Hertford College Chapel Choir. The awards are provided from the generosity of the present and former Principals and the Hertford Society. Usually, but not necessarily, two awards are offered for each of the vocal parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The awards comprise fully funded singing lessons, plus a small honorarium.
Award holders, known as choral clerks (clericuli chorales principalium et alumnorum), are expected to:
- sing at every Sunday Evensong and Thursday Eucharist in term;
- attend choir rehearsals every Friday and Sunday in term;
- and mentor and support other members of their part.
Auditions for choral awards are held every year in Freshers’ Week (0th week of Michaelmas term). For more information, please contact the Chaplain.