Organ Scholarships

Brasenose's lively musical environment fosters music-making at a high level, and the college's organ scholars play a vital part in this. Much of the music-making is centred on the College Choir, but the termly professional Platnauer Concerts and flourishing weekly concert series ensure that scholars find themselves at the heart of a thriving musical environment.

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The College awards one Organ Scholarship each year, to the value of £300 and up to four organ lessons per term with a professional teacher. The senior organ scholar is accommodated within the splendid environment of the old quadrangle. A piano is provided for all three scholars. Organ scholars rehearse and accompany the Chapel choir and are involved in much of the College's musical life.  

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Appointments to an organ scholarship at Brasenose College are made through the annual Oxbridge organ scholar trials the year before matriculation, or when resident as a current student. For further information about this, please click here.

As well as fulfilling the Sunday duties the organ scholars are encouraged to take an active part in the wider musical life of the College.

The John Betts Association (Music Faculty) supports organ studies in Oxford and to this purpose organises a wide range of activities for organ scholars. The College will encourage the scholar to participate.

Choral Scholarships

The college also awards eight choral scholarships of £150 a year. Each scholar is also entitled to up to four singing lessons per term with a professional teacher. 

Choral Scholars sing in the Chapel Choir and have the chance to perform solos and sing in smaller ensembles. They are also required to contribute to the musical life of the College through supporting College music and performing regularly in concerts.

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Appointments to a choral scholarship at Brasenose College are made in two ways:

Academic Year before Matriculation: As Brasenose is not a member of the university’s choral scholars’ award scheme, preferring instead applications directly to the college, prospective candidates will need to meet the Director of College Music and perform to him sometime during the Autumn. A final decision will be made by January 31st of the year of entry, after an academic offer has been made.

When in Residence: Auditions take place during the early part of the Michaelmas Term

Music Scholarships

As part of encouraging music-making within College, Brasenose offers six music scholarships of £100 a year and costs towards tuition (currently £400 p.a) to students who excel in music performance. These are renewable on a yearly basis. Music scholars are required contribute to the musical life of the College through supporting College music and performing regularly in concerts.

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Appointments to a music scholarship at Brasenose College are made in two ways:

Academic Year before Matriculation: Prospective candidates will need to meet the Director of College Music and perform to him sometime during the Autumn. A final decision will be made by January 31st of the year of entry, after an academic offer has been made.

When in Residence: Auditions take place during the early part of the Michaelmas Term

The Director of College Music, Christian Wilson, from whom further information can be obtained, is always happy to meet prospective candidates for any of these awards