Choral Scholars Program
The purpose of the Choral Scholar program at First Baptist Church is to provide area college students with the opportunity to gain experience and training in church music while providing them a church home and a loving, supportive community to minister to them while they live in Winston-Salem.
- Each student will receive a stipend for singing in the Sanctuary Choir and for serving as section leaders.
- These scholars will be responsible for knowing all service music with acute accuracy, leading sectional rehearsals, and occasionally providing solo music throughout the liturgical year.
- Previous choral experience/ music study/ music degree preferred
- Ability to read music fluently
- Sight reading abilities strongly encouraged
- Attendance at Wednesday night rehearsals 6:30 pm
- Attendance at Sunday morning rehearsal 10:30 am, 11:00 am service
- Availability for September 14 – Dec. 11, January 11 – May 28
Becoming a teaching and learning church
The Choral Scholars ministry will further both objectives – teaching and learning. The Sanctuary Choir will learn from and benefit from the musical training these students are receiving at their academic institutions. Simultaneously our church will provide experience/training in church music leadership, thus complimenting their academic training. These gifted students will enhance and strengthen our choral music ministry as they explore church music and church music leadership in an encouraging, supportive environment.
Grow in number and faithfulness
As a support to our initiative to grow in number and faithfulness, the Choral Scholar ministry will expand the reach of our congregation to local college campuses. By having these young scholars with us, we will grow not only by their presence among us, but also by their visiting families and friends who may join us throughout the school year. Their involvement in the music ministry of First Baptist Church will offer regular, sustained opportunities for exposure to the Christian faith as we learn together what it means to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Accepting Applications Now for 2022-2023
Scholarship positions are appointed annually.