Organ and Choral Scholars at Lincoln find themselves at the heart of a thriving musical community. We are delighted to encourage singers and, especially, organists to apply for these awards. Organ and Choral Scholars are students of Lincoln College reading for degrees in the normal way.
Choral Scholars apply with all other candidates for Oxford entry. More details can be found at the University Admissions page. Please note that Lincoln does not participate in the advance admission of Choral Scholars as some Colleges do.
Organ Scholars apply earlier, and the selection process includes auditions. See here for more details.
The next elections will be made for entry in 2017. We welcome applications from candidates coming straight from school, although deferred entry is possible. Organ Scholars may read Music, English, Engineering, or Biochemistry.
Organ Scholars reading music are directed by the Music Tutor, Dr Suzanne Aspden, Lecturer in Music at Lincoln. The Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music at Lincoln College (to be appointed January 2017) provides support for a range of musical activity in College.
The Hollingsworth (Senior) Organ Scholar is awarded an annual scholarship of £500, and the Junior Scholar is awarded an annual scholarship of £350. The College also pays for organ lessons for both Scholars. The Organ scholars are offered accommodation in College for all three or four years of their undergraduate course. 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 built 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 practice 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. The website for the Lincoln College Chapel Choir has extensive information on recent activities, tours, and recordings.
Lincoln elects between one and four Choral Scholars each year from amongst Sopranos, Altos (male or female), Tenors and Basses and either two or three Choral Exhibitioners. Exhibitions are open to any student of the University; scholars are drawn from among Lincoln’s own students. There is no quota for any one part and no restriction on subjects studied. Scholars and exhibitioners 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 and exhibitioners are selected by audition and interview from amongst the members of the choir.
The Rector, Chaplain, and other Fellows are glad to lend their active and enthusiastic support to Chapel music, and the College underwrites costs for recordings and subsidises tours.
Please get in touch with the Chaplain if you would like to know more.