Conducting Scholarships



CUMS Conducting Competition 2022 

Following our Conducting Competition 2022, we are delighted to announce that Max Todes (St John’s) will be the Conducting Scholar 2022-23, and Tammas Slater (Gonville and Caius) will be the Assistant Conductor. They will work with the Cambridge University Sinfonia and Wind Orchestra respectively, and both will be given the opportunity to assist the professional conductors of the Cambridge University Orchestra.  

Many thanks to our judge, Sian Edwards, Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, for her guidance and knowledge in judging the competition this year.


 About the conducting scholarships

CUMS has two conducting scholarships that are offered to students each academic year. The CUMS Conducting Scholar conducts the Cambridge University Sinfonia (CUS) and is also offered the chance to assist some of the guest conductors of the Cambridge University Orchestra (CUO). Additionally, we have the Assistant Student Conductor position. This assistant has the privilege of conducting Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO) and they also prepare for and assist guest conductors for the Cambridge University Orchestra (CUO). CUMS contributes towards conducting lessons for both positions and also provides scores for their concerts.




Applicants must be in statu pupillari at Cambridge University at the time of the auditioning and for the duration of the scholarship. 




Previous CUMS Conducting Scholars

2021-22 Jess Hoskins

2020-21   Tess Jackson

2019-20   Tess Jackson
2018-19   Toby Hession
2017-18    Naomi Woo
2016-17    John Tothill
2015-16    Joel Sandelson
2014-15    Joel Sandelson
2013-14    Ben Glassberg
2012-13    William Cole
2011-12    Harry Ogg
2010-11    Harry Ogg