One of the charitable objects of the BOA is “to advance the education of the public in the study of music with special reference to liturgical and organ music”. Central to this is a responsibility to encourage young people to train as church organists.

The Beds & Herts Organists’ Association has recently acquired funding to inaugurate a Young Organists Training Scheme (YOTS). The aim of this scheme is to encourage churches in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire to train and nurture young organists. The scheme will commence in January 2016. Funding will reviewed on an annual basis.

YOTS would provide funds for churches to support organ scholars by way of subsidised tuition with accredited teachers. Initially we wish to offer churches grants to provide 36 half hour lessons of tuition per year for each student that is accepted on the scheme. In addition to regular tuition, BOA will arrange for all YOTS scholars to attend occasional masterclasses/workshops with high profile organ tutors/recitalists.

YOTS will only provide teachers accredited by the BOA. The accreditation will be based on verifiable teaching/organ qualifications, suitable experience and DBS clearance. Teachers will be expected to give termly feedback to BOA on the progress being made by each YOTS Scholar.

YOTS bursaries are available to any aspiring organists between the ages of 10 – 21yrs. Ideally, applicants will already have some keyboard facility but applications will be considered from those who have not yet started keyboard tuition.

Applications for a YOTS bursary can be made either by a church wishing to support a potential scholar or by individuals who may not yet have links to a church. Application for a bursary can be made at any time from now until July 2016. Applicants will be invited to meet with the BOA YOTS Committee prior to any award being offered.

We are closed to applications for 2016 and plan to extend the scheme in 2017. If you are interested in putting your name forward for 2017 please use the link below.

Click here to apply online