Vocal Scholars Internship

2019-20 Academic Year

(Applications accepted on a rolling basis.)

NEW: Fort Washington Collegiate Church's Ministry of Music is delighted to announce the second year of our new Vocal Scholars Program beginning in Fall of 2019 for the academic year. The program, supported by the J. Harold Raplinger Memorial Fund, is open to high school and college-enrolled vocalists who maintain permanent or current residence in Upper Manhattan neighborhoods or the Bronx. This is a paid internship that requires Thursday evening and Sunday morning availability. 


The FWCC Vocal Scholars Program provides hands-on professional training in vocal performance and musicianship for music students residing in neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx with the objective of further developing well-rounded musicians for careers in performance, ministry, education, and arts management.

Under the direction of Fort Washington’s Music Director, Vocal Scholars will engage in a broad course of study, widening their knowledge of contemporary and traditional vocal styles, and performing with FWCC’s Joyful Voices ensemble. Scholars will focus on widening their knowledge of contemporary vocal styles, including pop, gospel, musical theater, jazz and more. Scholars will also receive training in traditional hymnody, foreign languages, and choral technique. In addition to vocal study, Scholars will elect a course of study to consist of one or more of the following, (guided independent study and one-on-one instruction on Thursday evenings):

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  • Harmony & keyboard skills

  • Composition & arranging

  • Conducting

  • Jazz improvisation

  • Theory & analysis


Advanced high school students and students enrolled in undergraduate programs of study are eligible to apply. Students must be either current or permanent residents of Upper Manhattan or the Bronx. The program is open to students of all faith/non-faith backgrounds, however students should be comfortable engaging with a faith community and musical repertoire that often promotes progressive Christian values. Students will agree conduct themselves professional manner in line with the values of FWCC.


10 month internship beginning September 2019
Semester 1: September 5, 2019 – December 22, 2019
Semester 2: January 9, 2020 – June 28, 2020
Weekly time consists of Thursdays 5:30pm-9:30pm and Sundays 9:00am-12:30pm; generally 3 out of 4 weeks each month


Vocal Scholars will receive a stipend of $150 per week for a total of 28 weeks through the Fall and Spring semesters.  Students may be offered additional paid opportunities and services as they arise.

To Apply

Complete the online form below, including: 

  • Names and contact information of two professional references (preferably music teachers or mentors)

  • Personal Statement: In approximately 500-1000 words, tell us why the Vocal Scholars program interests you. Include your hopes for the program as well as your broader educational and musical goals.

  • Links to 2-3 audio or video samples, preferably of contrasting style. (For example: musical theater and classical.) Please include passwords for tracks set to 'private'.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until available positions are filled. (Deadline extended.) Students will be invited for in-person interviews and auditions. Interested students should not wait to apply. 

Any questions? Email Music Director Chris Whittaker at cwhittaker@fortwashingtonchurch.org


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