The College Senior Common Room is delighted to announce that it has established two Music Scholarships at Van Mildert College. The scholarships can be held by any student currently registered for undergraduate or postgraduate study at Van Mildert College. The purpose of these Scholarships is to encourage the development of the musical life of the College across all musical genres whilst also nurturing a student’s personal development. Scholarship holders will be expected to take leadership roles, develop key new and existing musical initiatives within the College and may be called upon to perform at College, SCR or wider University functions.

Each scholarship will have a total value of £250. The scholarships will be paid as three termly instalments of £75 (term 1), £75 (term 2) and £100 (term 3). The scholarships will be held for one academic year only. However, in subsequent years, existing scholars can seek renewal of their scholarship through open competition with other candidates.

Application/selection process

Candidates must submit a letter of application to the SCR President, Prof. Stuart Wilson, and the Deputy Principal, Dr Victoria Brown (both care of the Development Officer – vm.development@durham.ac.uk), along with a CV. The letter of application should be no more than two sides of A4 (size 12 Aerial font). Candidates are encouraged to explain how they intend to contribute to the musical life of Van Mildert College throughout the tenure of their scholarship. They should also include information about their intended involvement in university-wide musical activities and other, perhaps non-musical, aspects of the JCR or MCR at Van Mildert College. The panel will expect candidate to clearly demonstrate how the scholarship funding will benefit their musical and broader personal development.

Whilst musical aptitude will be the primary selection criterion, the holder of these scholarships will be expected to make an active contribution to the musical life of Van Mildert College as a whole.

Successful candidates will be selected by audition/interview. The selection committee will include at least one recognised musician with the training and experience to allow them to make informed decisions regarding the musical aptitude of each candidate.

Whilst students reading Music are eligible to apply, the committee also welcomes applications from students reading for any degree programme. All candidates must perform two pieces in contrasting styles that together last no longer than 8 minutes. Composers are also welcome to apply and may, if they choose, nominate third parties to perform their own works. Performances will be followed by a brief interview. All applicants should provide copies of their music for panel member’s use and, where appropriate, these will be retained and destroyed in order to avoid infringing copyright. An accompanist will be made available for applicants at the auditions.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 18th October 2015.

Auditions will take place during the week beginning Monday 25th October 2015.