The community at St. John's is very grateful for the continuing contributions of our choral scholars who are still in Victoria and have been able to work with our Music Director, David Stratkauskas to record music safely for our online services. 

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There are four or five MacRae Choral Scholarships awarded each year.

Choral scholars gain experience singing the Anglican Choral Repertoire (e.g. Byrd, Gibbons, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Howells, Rutter) at services, as well as Baroque repertoire in concert (e.g. Cantatas by Bach) with the Choristers of St. John.  Candidates should be students (precedence is given to full-time students, but not limited to voice or music students) with good sight-reading skills and suitable choral experience.  

St John’s has a strong choral tradition, a beautiful Gothic-style church building with a good acoustic, a grand piano and one of British Columbia’s largest pipe organs. The music department is supported by a Music Director/Organist, an Organ Scholar, and has an impressive choral library.

Choral scholars commit to Thursday evening rehearsals, and four church services per month of which one is typically an Evensong.  There are occasional other services (e.g. a Carol Service at Christmas), as well as the opportunity to participate in concerts with the Victoria Baroque Players. The scholarships accrue to approx. $2400 over the academic year for the full commitment of services and concerts (September - April).

Auditions

Auditions are normally held for the choral scholarships at the beginning of September. Details for the 2020/21 academic year, will be posted here as soon as they are available.

There are also student bursaries available for all voice types. For more information, and to arrange an audition, contact the Music Director, David Stratkauskas.

McRae Choral Scholars for the 2019-2020 Academic Year:

  • Sopranos: Anne van der Sloot (VCM) and Kyla Fradette (UVic)
  • Aniela Erzinger (VCM)
  • Tenor: Anton Sokalski (UVic)
  • Bass: Felix Butterfield (UVic)