Conducting Scholarships

We hope that we will be able to have a Conducting Competition at some point this year. We are currently assessing how and when this will take place and full details will be on the website soon.

Each year, applications are invited for opportunities to conduct Cambridge University Sinfonia (CUS) and Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO) for the following academic year.

The CUMS Conducting Scholar will have the opportunity of conducting the Cambridge University Sinfonia (CUS) and assisting some of the guest conductors of the Cambridge University Orchestra (CUO). CUMS contributes towards conducting lessons for the Scholar and provides scores for all of their concerts. Additionally, we have the Assistant Student Conductor position. One assistant will also have the opportunity of conducting CUWO and they also prepare for and assist guest conductors for the Cambridge University Orchestra (CUO). 

Applicants must be in statu pupillari at Cambridge University at the time of the auditioning and during the following academic year.

Applications for the Cambridge University Musical Society Conducting Competition 2021 are not yet open.

There are normally three rounds in the competition, which last year was judged by Sian Edwards, Head of Conducting, Royal Academy of Music and John Willan, Governor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

All three rounds will take place during the same day and evening, which usually happens at the beginning of Lent Term, with the exception of academic year 2021. In the first round candidates will have aural tests and in the second be asked to conduct 2 pianos. Please be prepared to discuss programming ideas for a standard-size student symphony orchestra. Candidates who progress to the third round will have 20 minutes to rehearse sections of two set pieces with the Cambridge University Sinfonia. For reference, last year these were:

  1. Beethoven Symphony No.2, movement 1
  2.  Brahms Symphony No.3, movement 2 Andante

When applications open, candidates will be invited to send their CV, together with a formal letter of application, by email to Chloe Davidson.

Previous CUMS Conducting Scholars

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