In its 188-year history, St. Andrew’s has always had a rich tradition of music excellence. The Performing Arts Committee’s role is proud to continue that excellence with the creation of the Choral Scholar Scholarship Program. The Choral Scholars sing as part of the Chancel Choir at St. Andrew’s during Sunday services as well as at many of the Saturdays at 7 concerts throughout the year.
The Chancel Choir is an approximately 40-voice chorus that leads the weekly 10:30 a.m.
St. Andrew’s United Church services with hymns and anthems reflecting diverse styles of repertoire including jazz, gospel, contemporary and classical choral music.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
The general duties of a Choral Scholar are to sing with the chancel choir of St. Andrew’s. They sing for all choral services and concerts. The commitments for choral scholars are also augmented with solo opportunities and music coaching by the Director of Music.
Weekly rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Worship services are held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings with a brief rehearsal at 10:00 a.m. It is also expected that the choral scholars participate in both Christmas Eve
and Easter services.
Choral Scholars are expected to spend time on their own learning and rehearsing their parts, are to act professionally while on church property, care for the music of the choral library, be able to closely follow directions, and be timely and punctual. Vocalists should dress appropriately and follow the choir dress code for all services and performances.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The Choral Scholar positions are open to any resident of Chatham-Kent who is studying full- time at a high school or at a post-secondary institution. A background in vocal/choral music is encouraged. The student is not required to be majoring in music but rather have a love of choral music and wish to further their musical background. The scholarships may be renewable contingent upon the student continuing in full-time study.
Choral Scholars will be awarded a semi-annual scholarship of a maximum of $500 at the completion of each school semester (January and June). The scholarship amount will be assessed based on attendance, attitude, and enthusiasm.