The ensemble is delighted to have established The VOCES8 Scholars. First set-up in 2015, the scheme consists of eight choral scholarships available to young singers looking to gain valuable experience and contacts within the industry at the start of their careers. It provides a unique perspective and training across various different skills, including performing, recording and workshop leading, all led by the members of VOCES8.
The VOCES8 Scholars programme was established in 2015 as a training opportunity for young singers at the beginning of their professional careers. As part of their artistic development as performers, they receive coaching on a wide range of choral and solo repertoire from members of VOCES8 and from guest artists. 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.
The main element of the Scholars programme takes place at the Milton Abbey International Festival and Summer School, the annual singing course for amateur singers led by VOCES8. During this week, the Scholars will have the opportunity to form a scholars ensemble to prepare several a cappella items for public performance, and will receive coaching from 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 2018 course will include a concert of Duruflé’s Requiem and Bach’s ‘Actus Tragicus’ with VOCES8 directed by Robert Hollingworth, as well as a gala concert with all course members of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and music for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
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 VCM 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 VOCES8 and the VCM Foundation. In March 2018, former scholar Katie Jeffries-Harris was appointed as Alto 1 in VOCES8.
Rehearsals and masterclasses are held at our home of education, the Gresham 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 2018-2019
Applications for the Scholars Programme 2018-2019 are now closed. Applications for 2019-2020 will open in December 2018. For more information please contact Sam Dressel [firstname.lastname@example.org] in the UK or Erik Jacobson [email@example.com] in the USA. The 2018-2019 advert is available here as a guide.
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