Brasenose College Choir

BrasenoseChoir

Contact
Organ Scholars:
John Forster (grad. 2013)
William Round (grad. 2014)
Henry Zeffman (grad. 2015)
Email: The Director of College Music
Visit the choir’s website


Brasenose College Choir comprises undergraduates, graduates, and senior members, largely from Brasenose, in addition to a modest intake from other colleges. The choir prides itself on its friendly atmosphere which fosters musical excellence within a sociable environment. Inkeeping with this philosophy, no auditions are required and the choir is entirely voluntary, apart from the duties undertaken by the choral scholars. Chief among the choir’s duties is singing Evensong every Sunday, but it also sings for various special services and events, including the Carol Service, occasional eucharists, the annual joint service with Lincoln College, and College occasions including feasts. The choir rehearses every Thursday, and every year workshops, with singing teachers or professional church musicians, are organised. Occasional tours overseas take place, and regular Cathedral trips happen – normally once a term.



Commitment
Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7pm-8.15pm and Sundays from 4.15pm-5.45pm. Sunday College Prayers service held from 6pm-7pm. Once a term, members sing Choral Eucharist on Tuesday, including a 5pm rehearsal for the 6pm service. The choir sing for various trips, tours and visits as and when they occur. There is also an optional Eucharist on Wednesday.

Who can join the choir?
The choir is open to any members of the college or wider university upon the agreement of the Director of College Music. Auditions are not normally required, depending on experience, and at the discretion of the Director of College Music.

Additional Benefits
Dinner is provided free of charge after Sunday evensong. There are also subsidised choir dinners and many other social events.

Choral Scholarships
Brasenose College awards choral scholarships, currently worth £150 each, to students already in residence at Oxford in the early part of the academic year.  Up to eight choral scholars are appointed at any one time by audition. All choral scholars have up to four hours of vocal tuition per term free of charge.

Details of the Organ Scholarships:
Brasenose has up to three organ scholars in residence at any one time, titled the Senior, Subaltern and Junior Organ Scholars respectively. Scholarships are awarded at the annual organ scholarship trials, usually the September of the year prior to entry as a student at Brasenose. Each scholarship has a value of £300 plus four hours of organ tuition per term, tenable for the duration of the student’s years of residence.

Organ scholars are required to assist the Director of Music in organising chapel services, visits, concerts and tours etc., at the direction of the Director of Music. Organ scholars are also expected to be active in promoting the wider musical life of the college, including help with recruiting and organising instrumental and/or vocal ensembles. 

Organ scholars are required to be fully committed to the Chapel Choir, which includes singing when not playing and/or conducting, and to attend, direct or play at all rehearsals and services, under the direction of the Director of College Music. Additionally, the Junior Organ Scholar is required to play each week for the College Eucharist on Tuesdays at 6pm. They have a key role in College life and their work is much appreciated by members of the College community Organ scholars are required to assist the Director of Music in organising chapel services, visits, concerts and tours etc., at the direction of the Director of Music. Organ scholars are also expected to be active in promoting the wider musical life of the college, including help with recruiting and organising instrumental and/or vocal ensembles. 

Organ scholars are required to be fully committed to the Chapel Choir, which includes singing when not playing and/or conducting, and to attend, direct or play at all rehearsals and services, under the direction of the Director of College Music. Additionally, the Junior Organ Scholar is required to play each week for the College Eucharist on Tuesdays at 6pm. They have a key role in College life and their work is much appreciated by members of the College community.