Music Scholarships

Junior Music Scholarships and Exhibitions

The following Music Awards are offered annually to candidates at 11+  and 13+:

Music Scholarships providing free tuition on two instruments (or one instrument and voice)

Music Exhibitions providing free tuition on one instrument (not voice)

Choral Awards providing free singing tuition

 

Instrumental candidates should have reached at least Grade 5 standard on their first instrument. Candidates applying for a Choral Award should have a strong background of choral singing in parts.  They may have received individual tuition in singing, working towards ABRSM exam grades (11+ Grade 4-5, 13+ Grade 5-6) or RSCM singing awards.

 

A Music Scholarship application form should be submitted to the Admissions Office, together with a confidential report from each of the candidate's individual teachers, before 1 September in the year prior to date of entry.  These reports should contain information pertaining to the candidate's musical ability and experience, together with details of any music examinations she has taken.

 

Candidates expressing interest in a Music Award will have a short interview with the Director of Music on the assessment day. 

 

Scholarship auditions, conducted by an external adjudicator and the Director of Music, will be held at Wycombe Abbey in January.  Candidates are tested for musical potential as well as achievement and evidence of musical flair is as important as technical accomplishment.

 

Any combination of instruments and voice may be offered for the audition.  First study singers should apply for the Choral Award, though they may also be considered for a Music Scholarship (Choral plus Instrument)  if they additionally offer an instrumental study of a suitable standard.  Awards in any combination are ultimately limited to free tuition on a total of two instruments.

 

Candidates are required to pass the academic entrance examinations before the award of a Music Scholarship can be confirmed.

 

Tenure of a Music Award will normally be for the Scholar’s entire career at Wycombe Abbey, but will be regularly reviewed and is conditional on the Scholar’s satisfactory musical and academic progress.  Music Scholars are expected to make the most of the musical opportunities offered by the School, and to play a full part in a wide range of musical activities.  They will normally be involved in orchestra, chamber ensembles and choir, and will be expected to perform regularly in public.  Music Scholars are encouraged to consider the option of pursuing Music to at least GCSE level.

 

Auditions

 

Candidates applying for a Music Scholarship are expected to perform on two instruments (or one instrument and voice), however special consideration may be given to those who are particularly advanced on one. Candidates applying for a Choral Award may offer voice only for their audition.

 

The audition will comprise:

 

First instrument: to perform two contrasting pieces, lasting a total of 7-9 minutes. If a candidate wishes to present a longer piece, she is welcome to select a suitable excerpt from it. It is important that a candidate is able to demonstrate both technical and expressive capabilities in her choice of music.

Second instrument (if applicable): to perform one piece lasting 3-5 minutes

Sight-reading: a short test on the candidate's first instrument, of a standard corresponding to her most recent exam grade

Aural tests:  including pitch recognition, melodic and rhythmic memory, musical and historical understanding

Viva: candidates will be asked about their musical experience and interests.

The School will provide its own accompanist for all candidates. There will be no written paper.

 

Sixth Form Music Scholarships and Exhibitions

The following Music Awards (open to both external and internal candidates) are offered annually to candidates entering the Sixth Form who have satisfied the academic criteria for entry:

 

Music Scholarships providing free tuition on 2 instruments (or one instrument and voice)

Music Exhibitions providing free tuition on 1 instrument (not voice)

Choral Awards providing free singing tuition

Instrumental candidates should have reached approximately Grade 8 standard on their first instrument.  Candidates applying for a Choral Award should have a strong background of choral singing in parts.  They may have received individual tuition in singing, working towards ABRSM exam grades (Grade 7 or above), or RSCM singing awards.  Successful applicants will demonstrate excellence in vocal ability, aural perception and sight-reading.  They may already have experience of leadership roles in choirs, or will demonstrate potential in this area.  At Sixth Form level, candidates are expected to have achieved a high level of technical and expressive mastery at least on their first instrument, and to have proven their commitment to musical endeavour through involvement with suitable ensembles.

 

Any combination of instruments and voice may be offered for the audition.  First study singers should apply for the Choral Award, although they may also be considered for a Music Scholarship (Choral plus Instrument) if they additionally offer an instrumental study of a suitable standard.  Awards in any combination are ultimately limited to free tuition on a total of two instruments.

 

Tenure of a Music Award will normally be for the duration of a Scholar's career at Wycombe Abbey, but will be regularly reviewed and is conditional on the Scholar's satisfactory musical and academic progress.  Music Scholars are expected to make the most of the musical opportunities offered by the School, and to play a full part in a wide range of musical activities.  They will normally be involved in orchestra, chamber ensembles and choir, and will be expected to perform regularly in public.  Music Scholars are encouraged to consider the option of pursuing Music at AS and A2 level.

 

A Music Scholarship application form should be submitted to the Admissions Office, together with a confidential report from each of the candidate's individual teachers, by 1 January prior to date of entry.  These reports should contain information pertaining to the candidate's musical ability and experience, together with details of any music examinations taken. 

 

The Scholarship audition, conducted by the Director of Music and Assistant Director of Music, will be held at Wycombe Abbey at the beginning of a girl's first term at the School.

 

Auditions

 

Candidates applying for a Music Scholarship are expected to perform on two instruments (or one instrument and voice), although special consideration may be given to those who are particularly advanced on one.  Candidates applying for a Choral Award may offer voice only for their audition.

 

The audition will comprise:

 

First instrument:  to perform two contrasting pieces, lasting a total of 7-9 minutes.  If a candidate wishes to present a longer piece, she is welcome to select a suitable excerpt from it.  It is important that a candidate is able to demonstrate both technical and expressive capabilities in her choice of music.

 

Second instrument (if applicable):  to perform one piece lasting 3-5 minutes.

 

Sight-reading:  a short test on the candidate's first instrument, of a standard corresponding to her most recent exam grade.

 

Aural tests:  include pitch recognition, melodic and rhythmic memory, musical and historical understanding.

 

Viva:  candidates will be asked about their musical experience and interests.

 

The School will provide its own accompanist for all candidates.  There will be no written paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The audition will comprise:

First instrument: to perform two contrasting pieces, lasting a total of 7-9 minutes. If a candidate wishes to present a longer piece, she is welcome to select a suitable excerpt from it. It is important that a candidate is able to demonstrate both technical and expressive capabilities in her choice of music.

Second instrument (if applicable): to perform one piece lasting 3-5 minutes

Sight-reading: a short test on the candidate's first instrument, of a standard corresponding to her most recent exam grade

Aural tests:  including pitch recognition, melodic and rhythmic memory, musical and historical understanding

Viva: candidates will be asked about their musical experience and interests.

The School will provide its own accompanist for all candidates. There will be no written paper.