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Scholarship Choral Singers

Scholarship Choral Singers

Scholarship singers are funded positions given to professional level choral singers following a successful audition. These choristers are recruited to sing in The Choral Scholars, a semi-professional choral ensemble. On occasion, scholarship singers are appointed to lead responsorial singing, service music, and, depending on qualifications, may be asked to teach or lead a choral ensemble for additional remuneration. These positions are given during or prior to the academic year. Auditions take place during the first week in September and throughout the year as needed. Positions are held from September through mid-June and may be renewed for successive years if both the choral scholar and the Director of Music mutually agree.

The Choral Scholars perform a wide variety of choral music including, but is not limited to, Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, the choral music of the European choral traditional, and the choral music of the modern church. In addition to their choral singing duties, scholarship singers will be required to perform in up to two group recitals during each choral season without additional remuneration. The parish will award up to eight scholarships per academic year, 2 per voice part (SATB). Singers most familiar with singing in the early music and European renaissance choral traditions will be given preference.

Qualifications

  1. High level of musicianship and choral singing ability
  2. Knowledge of choral singing and ability to collaborate with others
  3. Good communication skills
  4. Dependable leadership skills

Schedule & Time Commitment

Scholarship singers report directly to the Director of Music. Scholarship singers are required to attend all regularly scheduled rehearsals and liturgies during the academic year. For the 2020-2021 season, rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays, 8:15 - 9:30 p.m. The choir will sing for the 11 a.m. Sunday liturgies (call time 10:25 a.m.). A full rehearsal and liturgy schedule for the 2020-2021 season will be provided. Choral scholars are required to be present for all assigned Advent and Christmas Eve/Day, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday liturgies.

Application & Scheduling an Audition

To apply, please click on the link below. For more information, contact the Director of Music, Marco Antonio Melendez, at marco.melendez@stmariagoretti.org or 608-268-2976. You are also encouraged to send any links to video or audio clips of your singing to the aforementioned email address.

Scholarship Application

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