The ensemble is delighted to have established The VOCES8 Scholars. First set-up in 2015, the VOCES8 Scholars programme exists as a training opportunity for eight talented young singers, who have a particular interest in choral and small ensemble singing. Our aim is to develop versatile and rounded young artists equipped with the skills they need to succeed at the beginning of their professional careers. The programme offers training in several areas, including performing, recording and workshop leading. The singers work closely with current and former members of VOCES8, led by Sam Dressel, VOCES8 Foundation Associate Artist and former tenor with the ensemble. The Scholars are also invited to observe and participate in our innovative educational programme, and learn to use the unique teaching tool The VOCES8 Method.
Highlights of the 2019-20 season include: an introductory training week in October led by Sam Dressel and Paul Smith; performances of 'Messiah' with VOCES8, Apollo5 and the Academy of Ancient Music; a concert at the VOCES8 Centre as part of the 2019-20 season; a performance and education residency in Wargrave, Berkshire; and a recording day led by Barnaby Smith.
From 2019-20, the Scholars programme will conclude with a week's residency at the VOCES8 Summer School and Festival, the annual singing course for amateur singers led by VOCES8. During this week, the Scholars will have the opportunity to present several a cappella items for public performance, and will receive coaching from the members of VOCES8 and other visiting artists. They will also be able to observe our education work and to assist the amateur singers by acting as section leaders. Highlights of the 2019 course included a concert of Bach's St John Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music, as well as a gala concert with all course members of Haydn's Creation.
Several previous scholars have performed step-out solos alongside members of VOCES8 at important concerts, including Dido and Aeneas with L'Arpeggiata at Utrecht Early Music Festival, Handel's Dixit Dominus at the VOCES8 Foundation Gala Concert and during the week of the VOCES8 Summer School at Milton Abbey. The position may also lead to ongoing professional development and paid singing engagements from the VOCES8 Foundation. Former scholars Katie Jeffries-Harris and Euan Williamson are now both full-time members of VOCES8. Other scholars also sing with Apollo5 and carry out education work for the Foundation.
Rehearsals and masterclasses are held at our home of education, the VOCES8 Centre.
2017 saw the launch of the US Scholars Programme. The programme currently includes a week of coaching at The Academy of Music at St Andrew UMC, Plano, TX, as well as opportunities to perform with VOCES8, and experience of our US-wide education and outreach work.
VOCES8 Scholars 2020-2021
Applications for both the US and UK Scholars Programme 2020-2021 will be open later this year. The most recent advertisement can be seen here as a guide.
For more information please contact Sam Dressel in the UK or Erik Jacobson in the USA.
VOCES8 Scholars 2018-2019
Roberta Diamond, Charlie Hodgkiss, Jessica Kinney, John Lee, Laura Lopes, Peter Norris, Sophie Timms, Euan Williamson
VOCES8 Scholars 2017-2018
Joe Chalmers, Jacob Ewens, Lizzy Humphries, Harry Jacques, Katie Jeffries-Harris, Laura Lopes, Laurel Neighbour and Gareth Thomas
VOCES8 Scholars 2016-2017
Stephen Ash, Isobel Chesman, Tim Emberson, Bethany Horak-Hallett, Emily Owen, Jamie Sperling, Avalon Summerfield, David Whitworth and Christopher Willoughby
VOCES8 Scholars 2015-2016
Lizzie Adams, Alice Beverley, Tim Emberson, Kirsty Hobkirk, Tom Motley, David Whitworth and Ryan Williams