Anna Sozanska (Medicine 2012) was in 2016-17 the inaugural Fitzwilliam College Organ Trainee.
The position allowed Anna, primarily a pianist, to receive instruction on the organ, in singing and in conducting as well opportunities to play for Chapel services and in recital. After a year as Trainee, Anna was elected as Organ Scholar for 2017-18 and will run the Fitzwilliam College Chapel this academic year.
“We developed the Organ Trainee position for precisely this type of student – one with an interest in playing the Organ and running choirs who may not have had much, if any, opportunity to learn the organ or about running a choir before arriving at Fitz so I am delighted that our first Organ Trainee has now become an Organ Scholar” said Katharine Parton, former Director of Music (2014-17). The Organ Trainee position was one of four new scholarships established during Katharine’s time as Director of Music; the others being the Conducing & Leadership Scholarship, the Open Instrumental Scholarship and the Menuhin Scholarship for string players. For a full list of Music Scholarships offered at Fitzwilliam College see here.
Anna, who previously held the Padley Repetiteur Scholar position, has been a generous contributor to College music for some years as both pianist and singer. Her time as Organ Trainee culminated in an organ recital in the Chapel as part of the College May Week Music Series.
“Fitz welcomes students from an immense variety of backgrounds and we recognise that not all students who may be interested in becoming an Organ Scholar are ready and able to audition for the positions at the start of their time at University. I encourage any interested students, prospective or current, to contact us if they are interested in becoming an Organ Scholar either directly or via this alternative pathway.” said Sara Owen, Admissions Tutor.