The St. Cecilia Choral Scholarship (2020-2021)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Christendom moving classes online for the spring semester amid concerns over the coronavirus, the on-campus auditions for choral/organ scholarships will be rescheduled. Finalists will be contacted with the new date as soon as possible, however, it will most likely be a Saturday in the second half of April or in May.

Opportunities at Christendom College:

According to the Christendom College Undergraduate Bulletin, the music program “cultivates the treasury of sacred music whose integral parts include Gregorian chant and the sacred polyphony of masters such as Palestrina, Victoria, and Josquin des Prez. Under the direction of a competent Kapellmeister, the students strive to render present, in resonant beauty, the sonic vesture of divine worship. This is a part of the College’s proud heritage of maintaining a high liturgical culture which includes the Christendom Choir and the Schola Gregoriana for men, which beautifies the Sunday liturgy as well by chanting the traditional propers.

The Scholarship and Duties:

Next year, two scholarships will be available. The first will be a two-year scholarship for a woman (soprano or alto), that will consist of $4,500 in tuition reduction and free voice lessons throughout the year. The second will be a one-semester (Spring 2021) scholarship for a man (tenor or bass) that will consist of $2,225 in tuition reduction and free voice lessons throughout the semester.

The recipient is expected to attend sectional and full rehearsals throughout the year, sing at the Sunday Mass, the First Friday Holy Hour, help out at weekday Masses, sing in the elite Palestrina chamber choir and perform other duties that will be discussed at the interview.


Skills Sought:

• Reliability and Punctuality.
• Ability to lead a section.
• Ability to match vowels and pitch.
• Familiarity with foreign languages, particularly Latin.
• Strong sight singing and musicianship skills.
• Awareness of proper vocal technique and use of vocal palette to create stylistically appropriate performances.
• Familiarity with Gregorian chant. (Recommended, but not required.)


Application Process:

      1. Fill out THIS FORM, which includes one recommendation from a voice teacher or choir director by March 6, 2020.
      2. Submit it along with a video recording for prescreening purposes.The recording must include one song from the repertoire listed below. It is not required that the format be a professional or studio recording, but the sound quality must be as good as possible.
      3. The repertoire for this prescreening should be a performance of either an Italian song from the seventeenth or eighteenth century or an English song (not a transcription). We recommend that this piece be chosen from such collections as 26 Italian Songs and Arias edited by John Glenn Paton or Standard Vocal Literature edited by Richard Walters, to name just two.
      4. If you are selected to give a live audition (these are scheduled for Saturday, March 28th), you will need to:
        1. Prepare two works from the classical vocal repertoire from sources such as were listed above in #3.  One in Italian (or Latin), one in English. (Student must provide his own accompanist or sing a capella.)  You may not repeat the song or aria from the prescreening audition. Applicants will be evaluated on vocal technique, accuracy, musicality and tone.
        2. Sight read a short musical excerpt.
        3. Demonstrate tonal memory ability.
        4. Be prepared for a short interview.

        If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, you will have to sign a contract specifying your duties.

Christendom College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.