Applications for Choral Scholarships commencing in 2023 are now open
The St John’s Cathedral Scholarship Programme offers boys a unique opportunity to develop musical ability to an extremely high level whilst enjoying the benefits of a world-class education at Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie).
The chorister programme is demanding, however, the boys receive much in return. In terms of the educational and developmental opportunities, the choristers are trained by Mr Graeme Morton, who is Choral Conducting Fellow at The University of Queensland. With such expertise and a staff-student ratio of one to five, the Cathedral Choir provides an extraordinary level of training and education for its members.
Many of the great musicians in the world today are former choristers in cathedral choirs, from modern musicians such as Ed Sheeran, Usher and Justin Timberlake to classical composers such as Franz Josef Haydn, Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner and Andrew Lloyd Webber. St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane is proudly represented by Mr Jeffrey Black, International Operatic Bass and Director of Music at Churchie.
The process of younger boys learning with, and from, older boys is very significant. The maturity of the repertoire, the intellectual development that enables these boys to sing such mature music at a high level, the discipline, focus and concentration that is developed, along with time management skills—all these and more contribute to their development in an amazing way.
The prospect of attending Churchie from Year 5 on a 50 per cent scholarship is a significant benefit to boys as it opens up all of the boundless opportunities of a Churchie education. At the completion of the choral scholarship at the end of Year 8, choristers are invited to apply for a music scholarship for an ongoing 50 per cent reduction in tuition for the remainder of their schooling at Churchie.
The commitment that is required of boys, and of their parents, is one that needs to be considered carefully and is set out below:
- to sing at Sunday choral services at 9.30 am and 6 pm at St John's Cathedral from the beginning of the School year to and including Christmas Day and Easter Holy Week. School holidays are exempt from practice (except for religious holidays).
- to sing at occasional special services (including weddings) as directed by the Dean.
- to attend practice, currently Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7.30 to 8.15 am at Churchie, Friday from 3.45 to 7 pm at St John’s Cathedral and, in addition, for 45 minutes prior to each service.
- to wear appropriately laundered robes (the robes being provided).
Positions in the choir are subject to audition and are open to all boys regardless of religious affiliation. We seek boys who show a quick intelligence and who enjoy music making. If they do not currently learn an instrument, we would expect them to take up such studies concurrent with their scholarship. This will also be of use in the potential transition to a Churchie Music Scholarship at the completion of Year 8.
Apply for a Choral Scholarship
For enquiries or further information, please contact Churchie Admissions on (07) 3896 2200 or [email protected].