UCD CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS
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University College Dublin Choral Scholars is Ireland’s leading collegiate choral ensemble. With a large repertoire ranging from art to popular music, and stretching from the medieval to the contemporary in style, this vocal ensemble gives many major concerts throughout the academic year, both nationally and internationally. UCD Choral Scholars have toured Holland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. They have a working relationship with national and international ensembles, performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at home, and the European Union Chamber Orchestra in Ireland and abroad. In 2015 the choir released a disc of Irish choral music (with settings of Irish texts by Irish and international composers) for the UK label, Signum Records (listen here on Spotify).
Nigel Short, Artistic Director of the UK professional choir Tenebrae, recently described this college choir as ‘one of the finest college choirs I have ever heard on my travels – such fabulous intonation, blend and musicality.’
If you are an experienced solo singer or keen choral singer interested in joining one of the most accomplished third-level choirs in Ireland, then this is the group for you. We are looking for enthusiastic and outgoing students ready to engage with a diverse repertoire, ranging from Tallis to Take That!
We’re excited about welcoming new singers into our ensemble for 2017-2018. There are currently 7 of the 18 places in UCD Choral Scholars open for the coming academic year. Auditions will be held on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th September 2017 in Week 1 of the First Semester. The closing date for applications will be 17:00 on Thursday 7th September 2017.
As a member of the UCD Choral Scholars, you will:
● Receive a scholarship financial award (€750-€1,250);
● Develop your artistic talents and team-membership skills;
● Have the opportunity to work with professional directors and musicians;
● Perform at high profile events;
● Represent UCD at national and, on occasion, international events.
Choral Scholar Alumni testimonials:
Winning a UCD choral scholarship had a massive part to play in making my college life an incredible one. The music we made was of a standard I had never experienced before. I had no clue that membership of this ensemble would take me to Budapest, let alone on a ten-day tour of the USA! I made some of my greatest friends through my membership of UCD Choral Scholars, and the best part is that we hail from all over the country and are studying completely different things.
'Kate Lenehan, Health & Performance Science'.
‘My membership of UCD Choral Scholars has afforded me the opportunity to perform music of many genres; to give the premiere performances of specially-commissioned works, and to sing stunning arrangements of our own traditional music with other student musicians. I have been fortunate enough to share music with audiences across the globe; the culmination of all this work is a recording of our very own disc for international release with the London label Signum Records. UCD Choral Scholars is truly a unique experience, one that I would recommend to anyone.’
'Oisín Friel, Medicine'.