Schola Cantorum

Click for Terms and Conditions Choral Scholars at St Nicholas Schola Cantorum

NUI Galway and the established St Nicholas Schola Cantorum are offering choral scholarships to up to 20 specially chosen students who will form a highly trained choral ensemble under the direction of Mark Duley, organist of St Nicholas, director of St Nicholas Schola Cantorum and one of Ireland’s most respected choral directors.

2019 Michaelmas Term

  • 19.15-21.15 Mondays & Thursdays (rehearsals, Compline in November):
  • Workshop day one Saturday in October 10.00-17.00 
  • Carol service rehearsals dates in December 19.00-22.00 
  •  Second semester dates to be confirmed early Oct.

Who is eligible?
Commitment and enthusiasm are the most important qualities sought in potential scholars. All keen singers are encouraged to apply: although potential scholars ideally will have had some previous choral experience and have some sight-singing skills, tuition will be provided to develop these skills for less experienced singers. The scholars sing alongside the Vicars Choral of St Nicholas' - an ensemble of skilled singers who are members of other Schola Cantorum ensembles, and whose choral experience contributes to the unique learning environment for scholars.

What is the scholarship’s value?
The funding for the Choral Scholarships has been pledged by the Galway University Foundation. The value of the scholarships will be €200 per student per annum, similar to the Scholars’ Prizes which are awarded annually to students who distinguish themselves academically in examinations of the previous year. Scholarships will be awarded at a special ceremony in February 2021 for participants who have fulfilled the requirements of the Choral Scholarship scheme in the 2019/2020 academic year.

What is the time commitment?
The Choral Scholars’ programme is based around two six-eight week modules, during which rehearsals will take place on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm in the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas. Each module will also include a weekend workshop/performance, and three Thursday evening performances in the form of specially devised liturgies. 

All scholars are also given carefully graded musicianship training in the form of a weekly class to be arranged at a suitable time. The awarding of the scholarship is dependent on attending these classes and adequate progress being made.

How do I apply?
Places in the choir will be awarded upon audition.  Auditions will take place in the Siobhán McKenna Theatre, NUIG on Tuesday September 24th and Friday September 27th. 

What will happen in the audition, and what do I need to prepare?
The audition will last for a maximum of fifteen minutes. You will be asked to sing a song that you have prepared and know well – it can be anything from a folk song to an operatic aria. Accompaniment can be provided if you wish – bring a copy of your music with you for the accompanist. You will be asked to sing for no more than 3 minutes, so choose an extract from your chosen song if it’s longer than that. In addition, you’ll be given some simple and short aural and musicianship tests. The only other important preparation is look at the schedule and decide whether or not you can make the time commitment. Scholars are expected to attend all rehersals and events.

Terms and Conditions Choral Scholars