Christ Church UM Choral Scholars Program

Purpose and Description

The Christ Church UM High School Choral Scholarship program is designed to encourage involvement of high school students in the Christ Church music program. It provides young people an opportunity to sing with a church choir with the goal of fostering lifelong participation in music ministry. 

The Choral Scholars program offers up to four $1000 (yearly – $500 for 1st semester, $500 for 2nd semester) scholarships to high school students who apply and are selected for the program.

Qualifications and Expectations

Any high school student actively enrolled in school and 16 years of age or older is eligible to apply. Full participation and membership in the Christ Church UM Choir is required. This includes weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evening (6:30 -8:30 pm) and two (2) Sunday morning worship services (7:45am to 12:30pm commitment). Participation in Christmas Eve services, which may not fall on a Sunday, and up to two special concerts may be required. Occasional absences (up to 3 per each of the 2 semesters) from rehearsals and/or performances may be permitted with prior approval. 

This opportunity will be challenging. The amount of music learned, and the pace and number of performances may be greater than that typical in high school, but recipients have a chance through this scholarship to receive funds for future educational purposes while doing something that you love to do.


Application Process

Step One – Complete the form at the button below: 

Step Two – Send a video with a short introduction and short clip of you singing (The video can be recorded with a cell phone, a cappella) as pre-audition material to the Director of Worship & Music

Step Three – You will be contacted about setting up a time slot when you will show up for an in-person audition on Saturday, August 27th between the hours of 10am-3pm. Audition requirements will include two prepared solos, (one traditional piece and one pop/contemporary piece). An accompanist will be provided but you will need to supply sheet music. 

Step Four – A committee selected by the Christ Church UM Director of Worship & Music will evaluate the interviews and audition materials of all applicants and select up to eight individuals (two sopranos, two altos, two tenors, two basses) to fill the Choral Scholars’ positions. Positions will be offered at the beginning of the school year typically but may be offered at other times as the Christ Church UM music ministry may deem necessary.

Contractual Highlights

Christ Church UM will agree to pay individuals selected as Choral Scholars the amount of $1000 annually intended for use as a scholarship for current or future education. Scholarships will be paid in two installments ($500 on December – 26th 1st semester, $500 on July 5th – 2nd semester) following the completion of all stated duties.  No Choir the months of July and August. Also, upon completion, you may request a formal recommendation letter from the Director of Worship & Music to use for college applications.

*Choral Scholars are also invited and encouraged to participate in the youth ministry of Christ Church UM or their home church.

Please click and fill out the Application, References and choose an Audition time below.