WIGMORE HALL / INDEPENDENT OPERA Voice Fellowship
The recipients of the 2009 WIGMORE HALL / INDEPENDENT OPERA Voice Fellowship are Gaëlle Arquez & Clara Mouriz
The recipient of the 2007 WIGMORE HALL / INDEPENDENT OPERA Voice Fellowship is
WIGMORE HALL / INDEPENDENT OPERA Voice Fellowship is designed to further an already promising career of a singer committed to both opera and song. Candidates are drawn from the participants in the biennial Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition.
The Recipient is chosen by a Committee composed of two representatives each from WIGMORE HALL, the jury of the International Song Competition and the Trustees of INDEPENDENT OPERA and their designated representatives (“INDEPENDENT OPERA”).
The Fellowship provides £10,000 per annum for up to two years subject to the annual review and approval of WIGMORE HALL. The uses of the Fellowship monies are determined by WIGMORE HALL in consultation with INDEPENDENT OPERA and the Recipient.
WIGMORE HALL mentors the Recipient in artistic and career development, voice coaching and instruction and in assembling a network of industry contacts.
A WIGMORE HALL recital may be offered to the Recipient conditional upon sufficient progress by the Recipient over the course of the Fellowship. Such an offer is entirely at the discretion of WIGMORE HALL.
One Fellowship is awarded biennially following the Song Competition. The next Fellowship will be awarded in 2011.
Finalists for the Fellowship receive agreed travel-related expenses.
- Applications for the 2011-2013 Fellowship are made only via the Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. (Click here)
- Finalists for the Fellowship are notified within one week following the International Song Competition.
- Finalists are auditioned and interviewed by the Committee in September 2011.
- The Recipient of the Fellowship is announced in October 2011.
- The Fellowship begins in October 2011.
- The Committee chooses the Finalists for the WIGMORE HALL / INDEPENDENT OPERA Voice Fellowship from amongst the candidates of the International Song Competition.
- The Committee auditions and interviews the Finalists and informs them of the Recipient of the Fellowship.
- The Recipient is announced in October 2011.
- All decisions by the Committee are final and not subject to appeal.
Obligations of the Fellowship Recipient
The Fellowship Recipient is required to:
- Maintain an active relationship with WIGMORE HALL and INDEPENDENT OPERA throughout the tenure of the Fellowship keeping them informed of activities relevant to the Fellowship, including forthcoming performances.
- Provide WIGMORE HALL and INDEPENDENT OPERA with regular quarterly updates and year-end written reports.
- Meet formally with WIGMORE HALL and INDEPENDENT OPERA at the end of each year to evaluate progress and discuss future plans and goals.
- Arrange for singing teachers / coaches to provide year-end updates to WIGMORE HALL and INDEPENDENT OPERA.
Renewal of the Fellowship for the Second Year
The renewal of the Fellowship for the second year is dependent upon the Recipient’s progress in the first year. This decision is entirely at the discretion of WIGMORE HALL in consultation with INDEPENDENT OPERA and is not subject to appeal.
Administration and Distribution of Fellowship Monies
The Fellowship Monies are administered and distributed by WIGMORE HALL in consultation with INDEPENDENT OPERA and the Recipient.
Wigmore Hall is justifiably regarded as one of the world’s greatest recital halls and often sets the standard for international chamber music and song. A main objective of the hall is ‘to remain the venue where important young artists earn their credentials and reinforce those credentials over time’ and it consequently serves as an essential platform for the world’s most talented young artists. To demonstrate commitment to this cause the hall has recently played host to the prestigious Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition which attracted the largest number of young applicants in the history of the competition. Dr Ralph Kohn stated that ‘all the participating artists will benefit greatly from the experience of performing before the sympathetic and discerning Wigmore Hall audience and we hope that this will be a considerable help to furthering their career’.
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