The Choral Scholars ministry offers eight scholarship positions of $2000 ($1000 per semester) to area college students for the academic year. The positions allow students the experience of singing with an accomplished church choir, hopefully fostering a lifelong involvement with church music. Choral Scholars are encouraged to be active in the college ministry of the church, enjoying the support of a "home away from home" church family.

Requirements

  • Choral Scholars must be actively enrolled in a degree program at an area college or university.  Scholars become full participating members of the Adult Choir at First Baptist Church.
  • Participation requirements include a weekly rehearsal on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and Sunday morning worship from 10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon. Additional activities include two seasonal concerts (with dress rehearsals) and a fall rehearsal retreat (expenses covered).
  • The schedule for the academic year begins the first Wednesday of September through the third Sunday in December. There is a break for Christmas, and rehearsals re-start the second Wednesday of January through the second Sunday of May. In this period, a total of absences from 6 rehearsals and 6 services will be permitted.
  • Payments of the scholarship will be made directly to the educational institution following each semester's participation (late December, and late May).

Applying

  • Applications for 2018-2019 scholarships are being accepted through August 27, 2018.  Please submit an online application.
  • Scholarships will be offered by September 1, 2018, and rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
  • Once your application has been accepted, you will be contacted (via text or email) to make an appointment for your audition.  Auditions will be held on the evening of August 28, 2018. Audition requirements include one prepared solo, sight reading, and aural evaluation.