Cincinnati Public Radio interviews Stephan Casurella.
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 of $125 throughout the academic year.
Choral scholars participate in all the duties of the cathedral choir. This includes the 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 scholarship appointment, a student needs to submit an application form; an essay explaining why he or she is interested in the choral scholars 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 Monday, June 30. Those named choral scholars begin their duties in September. For more information, contact Stephan Casurella.