Conducting Scholarships

Ben Glassberg

Ben Glassberg

The CUMS Conducting Competition 2018 will take place on 30 January 2018, with Sian Edwards and John Willan.

To apply, please send your CV and a letter of application to Katharine Ambrose, Faculty of Music Performance Assistant,, by midnight on Monday 22 January 2018. Further details can be found here: CUMS Conducting Competition 2018


Cambridge University Musical Society Conducting Competition

Each year, applications are invited for opportunities to conduct Cambridge University Sinfonia (CUS) and Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO) for the following academic year.
The CUMS Conducting Scholar will have the opportunity of conducting the Cambridge University Sinfonia (CUS) and assisting the guest conductors of the Cambridge University Orchestra (CUO). There will be two assistant conductors. One assistant will have the opportunity of conducting CUS and preparing and assisting guest conductors for the Cambridge University Orchestra. The second assistant will have the opportunity of conducting CUWO.

Applicants must be in statu pupillari at Cambridge University at the time of the auditioning and during the following academic year.


Cambridge University Musical Society Conducting Competition 2017

We are delighted to announce the results of the CUMS Conducting Competition 2017. Congratulations to:

Naomi Woo – CUMS Conducting Scholar

Toby Hession – CUMS Assistant Conductor

and William Barnes-McCallum – CUWO Conductor

who will direct the CUMS orchestras during the 2017-2018 season.


Previous CUMS Conducting Scholars

2016-17    John Tothill
2015-16    Joel Sandelson
2014-15    Joel Sandelson
2013-14    Ben Glassberg
2012-13    William Cole
2011-12    Harry Ogg
2010-11    Harry Ogg


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Cambridge University Musical Society
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Principal Guest Conductor
Sir Roger Norrington CBE
CUMS Conductor Laureate
Stephen Cleobury CBE
Director, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Martin Ennis
Artistic Advisor
Sian Edwards
Associate Directors, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
David Lowe, Nicholas Mulroy