Choral Scholars


Choral Scholars at River Road Church
2017/2018 Academic Year

Please complete the application below to schedule an audition.

The River Road Church Choral Scholars program offers choral scholar positions to Richmond-area college students for the academic year. The positions provide a stipend and allow students the experience of singing with an accomplished church choir, hopefully fostering a lifelong involvement with church music. Choral Scholars are encouraged to be active in the ministry of the church, enjoying the support of a “home away from home” church family.


Choral Scholars must be actively enrolled in a degree program at an area college or university. Scholars become full participating members of the Chancel Choir at River Road Church.

Participation requirements include a weekly rehearsal on Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Sunday morning worship from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, plus a Saturday retreat in both the fall and spring. The Choral Scholars schedule for the academic year begins the first Thursday of September after Labor Day and extends through the second Sunday of December. Following Christmas break, rehearsals begin again the second Thursday of January extending through the last Sunday of April. Scholars are also offered the opportunity to sing two seasonal concerts (with additional stipend) in December and June, which fall outside the academic calendar. For the academic year, a total of 6 absences from rehearsals and 6 absences from services will be permitted.

Choral Scholars receive a stipend of $40 per rehearsal and $40 per service, offering the potential of about $2,000 total for the academic year. Payments are made to students monthly through direct deposit.

Choral Scholar applications are now being accepted. Audition dates are August 28, 29, and 30 (additional dates available by appointment). An audition appointment will be made with each applicant upon receipt of an application. Audition requirements include sight reading and aural evaluation.

The online application is available below or here.

For more information, please contact Bob Gallagher, Minister of Music, by email at