The College has an Organ Scholar who has responsibility for organising and directing music for all Chapel services. Information about the current Organ Scholar and the Assistant Organist can be found below.
Lucia Švecová - Organ Scholar in Residence
Lucy began studying piano and singing at the Art School in Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia, when she was 7. She graduated in 2012, performing regularly at public events and singing in the Art School choir, as well as in the church youth choir which she used to accompany on piano. In 2012 Lucy began studying the organ, as well as accompanying the Catholic services, and it is organ music that has inspired her to study Music.
Arguably her two greatest successes in her organ studies were achieved in Slovakia: she won first place in the national ‘Competition of Young Organists’ in Námestovo both in 2013 and 2015, and the title ‘Laureate’ in the national organ display ‘Gorazd’s Organ Days’ in Zvolen in 2014.
Thanks to an HMCP Scholarship she joined Mayfield School in Year 12 and there she developed her organ skills, studying under Peter Collins. She joined the Mayfield Schola Cantorum and had the opportunity to sing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Handel's Messiah and Britten's St Nicholas with the Mayfield Festival Choir under the baton of Jeremy Summerly. In Year 13 she was Conductor of the Chapel Choir and the Sixth Form Choir, and often also accompanying the Chapel Choir. In June 2017 she passed her Grade 8 Organ exam with Distinction and is now preparing for her ARCO diploma.
Edward Buxton - Organ Scholar (on year abroad in Germany)
Ed joined Jesus College as the Junior Organ Scholar in October 2016. He began his musical education with the piano aged six, keen to play the organ but told that starting with the piano was the way forward. Not long afterwards did he take up the trumpet, soon becoming a member of a variety of school ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band and fun-loving Brass Band. As an organist he has enjoyed taking a leading role musically in important school services as well as regular Sunday services and choir rehearsals at his local church, St Mark’s Teddington. With Grade 8 merits on both the organ and piano, Ed is excited at all the musical opportunities which Oxford hosts, most particularly in Church music. A recent tour with the Jesus Chapel Choir to St Davids, Wales gave him a welcome glimpse into his exciting future here.
See also Duties of the Organ Scholar
Jack Colley - Assistant Organist
Jack joined Jesus College in 2016 and reads English. He developed experience as a pianist and organist by performing both solos and accompaniments at the local Guernsey Eisteddfod and Youth Camerata, achieving Grade 8 distinction on the piano in 2013. He was also a keen member of three school choirs and enjoys developing his singing as part of the Jesus College Chapel Choir. From 2014 he has been playing regularly for services at St Matthew's Church and Castel Church, both in Guernsey, and has also performed two recitals at Guernsey's Town Church as part of its Summer Music series. At Jesus, Jack enjoys helping with choir admin and by playing at services.