Music Faculty Student Shortlisted for Women of the Future Award

Chloe Rooke, a third year Music Student at St Catherine’s College, has been shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards, which recognise and provide a platform for the remarkable female talent in the UK.

Chloe has been shortlisted for the ‘Young Star’ award, one of the fourteen diverse sectors in which the awards recognise excellence, from Sport to Business, Science to Media. Founded in 2006, the awards aim to ‘recognise the inspirational stars of tomorrow’ and support them in their continuing careers.

Chole holds the Répétiteur Scholarship at St Catherine’s, in conjunction with New Chamber Opera, and through this has worked on operas including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Walton’s The Bear and Stravinsky’s Renard, and oratorios by Handel and Bach. Over the last two years Chloe has been appointed conductor of the Oxford University Wind Orchestra, founded and conducted the St Catherine’s Chamber Orchestra, and was recently appointed the first conductor of the newly formed Oxford University Press Orchestra. Chloe has also been musical director for the original musical Stop which was selected as the Oxford University Drama Society’s National Tour production for 2017, where it received numerous 5-star reviews and was shortlisted for Best Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Outside of term time, Chloe is founder and musical director of Wycombe Student Music which brings together university students for Christmas and Summer projects in their holidays, most notably including a performance Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Summer 2016, in aid of two local charities.

This term continues to be busy for Chloe. After acting as Musical Director for performances of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to accompany the full Shakespeare play in the Sheldonian Theatre, she will be working on Handel’s Acis and Galatea with NCO. She will also be directing (as well as fundraising for) the Oxford University Wind Orchestra’s USA East Coast Tour.

On being shortlisted, Chloe said ‘I feel incredibly honoured to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award; it is a privilege to join a network of such forward-thinking, inspirational women.  Gender is so often thought to be an obstacle in conducting, but I’m excited to prove this is not the case. I hope my shortlisting might encourage other female students to see that musical direction is a viable option for them too. The musical world in Oxford is a better place because people of all genders are allowed to innovate, lead, perform and make a positive impact’.