Schola Cantorum

Auditions for September 2022 applicants

Music Scholarships are available for talented students going into all year groups.  Our virtual Open Day videos for pupils starting in September 2022 can be viewed at  Preliminary Online Auditions for pupils beginning in September 2022 will take place in November 2021. Interested candidates should submit video recordings of their pieces/songs to by Monday 22nd November 2021.

Highlights 2020-2021

Highlights 2015-2019

Eoin Casey

Eoin Casey

Winner of The Stanford Prize, The Senior Organ, and The Catherine McAuley award at Feis Ceoil 2016.

Shane McLoughlin

Shane McLoughlin

Winner of the Stanford Cup and The Catherine McAuley award at Feis Ceoil 2017

Sarah Brady

Sarah Brady

Recent past pupil, winner of the Lieder Prize, Nancy Calthorpe Cup, Dermot Troy Trophy, Gervase Elwes Memorial Cup and the very prestigious €15,000 RDS Music Bursary 2017.

Eimear Kyle from Longford performs on the Concert Harp on RTE’s Nationwide programme.

College_FrontThe Schola Cantorum operates as a miniature music conservatoire at St. Finian’s College, Mullingar. Its purpose is to provide a specialised music education for girls and boys in parallel with their normal secondary school studies.

Following annual auditions in February of each year, scholarships funded by the Irish Catholic Hierarchy are awarded to talented young musicians to study in Mullingar. These are valuable scholarships which entitle the recipients to five years free music tuition at the Schola.

The award also entitles some girls and boys from further afield to accommodation grants so that they can reside with host families (Monday – Friday) beside the College.

While studying at The Schola Cantorum there is a strong emphasis on Church music. We have been providing a training ground for young organists and choral directors from all over the country since the establishment of this specialist school by the Irish Hierarchy in 1970. Our students take advanced studies in piano, organ, conducting and choral training, complimented with appropriate Associated Board Theory programmes. Students may also take an additional instrument or take individual singing tuition. All these supplementary music classes coincide with a normal secondary education in St Finian’s. Students are encouraged to participate in various choirs, instrumental and string ensembles within the school.

A  new and exciting Transition year programme has been successfully introduced in St Finian’s in September 2017. Scholarship students have an opportunity over the course of one academic year to develop their interest in many other aspects of music, while participating in all aspects of the Transition year programme.

Click above to view Junior Certificate student Peter Regan from Roscommon play Chopin’s Nocturne in E minor
during the Schola Cantorum 40th Anniversary Concert from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth,
and later broadcast on RTÉ television.



Scholarship Auditions for September 2022 applicants

Preliminary Online Auditions for September 2022 candidates will take place in November 2021. Please see information on our virtual Open Day on 

Interested applicants should submit recordings by Monday 22nd November to  (see Auditions tab above).