Organ and Choral Scholars at Lincoln find themselves at the heart of a thriving musical community centred on, but not restricted to, the Lincoln College Choir, recognised as one of the finest mixed voice chapel choirs in the University of Oxford. In addition to the Organ Scholars, who normally read Music, Lincoln also admits one or two undergraduates each year to read for a degree in Music.
There are normally two Organ Scholars in residence at any one time, so the College makes elections in two out of each three years. The next elections will be made for entry in 2015 and 2016. The Senior Organ Scholar is known as the Hollingsworth Organ Scholar. Further details of the application process are available here. We welcome applications from candidates coming straight from school, although deferred entry is possible. Most Organ Scholars will be reading music, in which case their studies are directed by the Music Tutor, Dr Suzanne Aspden, who is a Lecturer in Music at Lincoln, and a Fellow of Jesus, another college on Turl Street. The College also pays for organ lessons for both Scholars.
The Hollingsworth (Senior) Scholar is awarded an annual scholarship of £500, and the Junior Scholar is awarded an annual scholarship of £300. Both scholars are offered accommodation in College for all three years. Their rooms are two of the best sets available for undergraduates and there is an upright piano in each room. The magnificent Chapel organ was bulit by William Drake in 2010 and is available for practice throughout the day and evening. There is also a grand piano in the College's Oakeshott Room available for pracrtice and recitals.
The Organ Scholars are responsible to the Chaplain for the choir, which they oversee and direct, and for all the music in Chapel. The repertoire is wide-ranging, and Organ Scholars are encouraged to develop their own interests. There are also opportunities to involve instrumentalists in chapel worship, and to organise concerts and other performances in a range of contexts.
In recognition of the stature of the choir and its central place in the life of the College, Lincoln elects 1-4 Choral Scholars each year from amongst Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses. There is no quota for any one part and no restriction on subjects studied. Scholars receive an annual scholarship of £100, and are offered free individual singing lessons. It is envisaged that they will take a central role in the life of the choir, and that they will also be active in the wider musical life of the College. There is no separate application process. Scholars are selected by audition and interview from amongst the students already in residence. Details of the audition and interview process for Michaelmas Term 2014 can be found here.
The Rector, Chaplain and other Fellows are also glad to lend their active and enthusiastic support to the Organ scholars, to the Choral Scholars and to the choir, and the College underwrites costs for recordings.