St John’s College Choir
The idea of having a choir at St John’s is as old as the College itself, with Sir Thomas White – the founder of the College – setting up the first choir in the 16th century. Providing music for regular choral services in the chapel since 1660, St John’s Choir is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded in the university. It offers eight choral scholarships to members of the College and is directed by the undergraduate Organ Scholar. There is a choir tour each year, generously subsidised by the College. Recent destinations have included USA, Sweden, France, South Africa, Italy and Germany.
The present day choir, directed by the Organ Scholar, continues in the time-honoured choral tradition and sings services in Chapel every Sunday and Wednesday evening during term. It is composed of undergraduate and graduate students from across the university, selected by audition.
Two services each week with a rehearsal before each.
Who can join the choir?
The choir is made up of auditioned singers from across the university. These should be arranged with the organ scholar.
Dinner is provided free of charge after each service and each member of the choir also receives £4 per service.
Eight choral scholarships are offered at any one time. Scholars receive £300 per year with an additional £360 for singing lessons. These are only offered to members of St.John’s.
Details of the Organ Scholarships:
The organ scholar is responsible for running and maintain the choir. They receive £500 per annum with subsidies for organ and conducting lessons as well as a room in college with piano.