Organ Award application form 2018/19 entry | University of Oxford

Organ Award application form 2018/19 entry

Thank you for submitting your Organ Award application for 2018/19.

Please note that you will not receive an immediate automatic acknowledgement of receipt by email. We will email you within a few days of the deadline, at the latest, once we have processed all applications received on time. You should monitor your Inbox and Spam folders to ensure that you do not miss correspondence from us.

This page summarises the next steps of the Organ Award selection procedure. You may like to print this information or save the page web address for reference.

Completing your application

  • Personal statement and References

If you have not already done so, you must ensure that your personal statement and references have been sent to your first-choice college of preference. Your application will not be considered with just the application form alone.

  • Written work

Many subjects require you to submit written work as part of your application to Oxford. For Organ Award applicants, this written work is to be submitted as part of the assessment for the Organ Award, not later in November as for standard undergraduate applications. You should prepare and assemble the written work required for your proposed subject in good time, so that it is ready to be submitted in early September.

For details of written work required in your subject, see the summary of written work requirements.

Candidates applying to read Music should submit two marked essays on any areas or aspects of music (or one of your other A-level subjects or equivalent if that is more convenient), and a marked sample of harmony and/or counterpoint where possible. Candidates may also submit one or more compositions.

You do not need to send the written work until it is requested by the college - if it is required, you will be notified within a few days of the closing date for applications. 

Audition timetable

The examination in Oxford takes place on Sunday 17 - Wednesday 20 September 2017. You will receive details of the timetable about 10 days beforehand, and should expect to stay in the college of your first preference. Precise details of additional interviews etc. will be given to you in Oxford.

Practical examination

You should assume that you will be performing on a two-manual organ without substantial playing aids. The specification of the organ you are to play will be sent with details of the timetable. The organ-playing part of the examination consists of the following:

  • performance of your chosen piece (which should last between 5 and 7 minutes)
  • a sight reading test (with pedals)
  • transposition of a hymn tune (with pedals)
  • harmonization of a melody (with pedals)
  • score reading of an SATB texture with modern clefs

You should bring with you to Oxford a spare copy of your chosen piece. You may be asked to play another piece or tests in further informal auditions with individual colleges. You may be asked to conduct a short choir practice.

Next steps

You can find full details of the Organ Award audition process on the main Organ Awards page.

Making your UCAS application

If you are successful in your Organ Award application, you should proceed immediately to complete your UCAS application for official admission to the University. On the UCAS application you must enter Oxford as one of your University choices, applying specifically to the college which has offered you an organ award. If the subject you are applying for requires you to take a written test, your offer of a place as organ scholar will normally be conditional on satisfactory performance. (You can see which courses require written tests here.) You may, therefore, wish to apply to other universities as well.

The deadline for the UCAS application is 6pm on 15 October 2017.

Further information

If you have any questions about the Organ Award application process, please contact us by email (

If you have questions about the undergraduate admissions process in general, you should contact the Communications Team, by telephone at +44 (0)1865 288000 or by email to

You may also like to browse our Online Resources page or view the Music Faculty's website.