Education and Outreach

Choral Scholarship

The Rochester Oratorio Society is pleased to announce that we are offering a new scholarship for high school students! Choral Scholarship winners in grades 9-12 sing with ROS for a concert cycle or a whole season. Mentoring will be provided, all associated expenses will be covered, and, in addition, a stipend will be awarded to the recipient.

Choral Scholarship winners will learn new music and skills, and share the stage with us as fully functioning members of ROS. Letters of recommendation will also be provided for recipients, upon successful completion of their time singing with ROS, to support their college applications. Best of all, Choral Scholars will be singing great music with great people! Administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts; click here for more information.

Outreach

Resonanz, our “choir within the choir,” brings a small group of our singers to schools for educational programs for students in grades 3-12. We have visited City schools with songs featuring the achievements of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, including carefully researched commentary. Our next program, planned for post-pandemic programs, will present women’s suffrage songs by women of color and those from non-Western traditions. 

Resonanz also sings abridged renditions of ROS concert repertoire at local libraries, taking great music to new audiences. Repertoire has included the Douglass/Tubman program and Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers.

ROCMusic Collaborative

With support from ROS, ROCMusic Collaborative is now offering vocal lessons (middle school level) and a choir for grades 1-3. Learn more.

Exploratorio!

The ROS offers high quality editions of choral works for use by schools and community ensembles. These works provide a graded approach to preparing vocalists for choral success. Instructional information and performance suggestions are included. Learn more.

Choral Scholars and Choral Fellows Program

The Rochester Oratorio Society’s Choral Scholars and Choral Fellows Program welcomes vocal music educators and their students to sing with the Rochester Oratorio Society for one concert cycle of the year. Participating teachers can apply for professional development credit, if available, through their individual schools.

Choral Scholars — High-school level voice students
Choral Fellows — Choir Directors and Music Educators

Rochester area music teachers and church choir directors are cordially invited to sing choral masterworks with the Rochester Oratorio Society for only a short time commitment. These teachers are encouraged to bring with them one (or more!) of their experienced high school students to share in the experience.

The ROS Choral Scholars and Choral Fellows Program has flourished since 2008. Our past Choral Fellows teach at the elementary, middle and high school levels, in both public and private schools. They come from as far away as Orleans and Livingston Counties.

How does the program work?

Select the concert cycle in which you would like to participate, attend all Monday rehearsals (one excused absence is acceptable), and sing in the final performance(s).

How can I apply?

E-mail the Oratorio Society Office or call us at (585) 473-2234. Please indicate Choral Scholar or Choral Fellow in the e-mail subject line. Learn more about the Rochester Oratorio Society.

Singing with the ROS was my first experience singing with a professional choir. It sparked my interest in classical music!

Matt Briggs // Junior, Avon High School // Former ROS Choral Scholar

[Singing with] ROS was an amazing opportunity to sing classical music with higher level singers!