Choral Scholar Program

Our choral scholar program provides Cincinnati area high school students an opportunity to join the Cathedral Choir as apprentices. Successful applicants will receive intensive training in the art of fine choral singing so that they may begin the process of learning to perform at a professional level. They learn a wide range of repertoire, such as works by Tallis, Brahms and Howells, as well as spirituals and music of other cultures. For their efforts, they are compensated with a monthly stipend throughout the academic year.

Choral scholars participate in all the duties of the cathedral choir. This includes Thursday evening rehearsals, the Sunday morning Eucharist, monthly Choral Evensong, observances of holy days such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, as well as other liturgies or concerts as assigned by the cathedral.

To apply for a choral scholar appointment, a student needs to submit an application form; an essay explaining why he or she is interested in the choral scholar program; and three letters of reference. One letter needs to be from a music teacher describing the student's abilities as a musician. The other two letters need to be from other teachers, members of the clergy or community leaders describing the student's personal qualities, such as maturity, responsibility and social skills.

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, June 30, 2015, for the 2015-16 program year (September through May). If you wish to apply a choral scholar position in mid-year, and for more information, contact Stephan Casurella.

Hear Cincinnati Public Radio's interview with Stephan Casurella.

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