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  • 22 February 2024 12:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Each month, we are featuring RCCO Centres from across the country, to celebrate the work they are doing and to glimpse what makes each one unique. In the latest installment, Halifax Centre Vice-President Dr. Kim Tan-MacNeill offers some recent highlights of concerts and other Centre activities.

    Click here to check out the video!

  • 20 February 2024 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    This week, organist Sarah Svendsen discusses integrating organist occupational health and safety into organ playing and study. Dr. Svendsen's presentation includes an introduction to the concept of playing pain in organ playing (Part 1), cultural influences in organ playing pain risks (Part 2), and physical factors in organ playing pain risks (Part 3).

    Organist Launchpad is funded thanks to a grant from Heritage Canada, and is produced by the Royal Canadian College of Organists in association with the Canadian International Organ Competition.

    We hope you’ll check out this exciting new resource on our webpage or on YouTube, then help us spread the word.

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  • 14 February 2024 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Join us this week as composer, organist, and multidisciplinary artist Kim Farris-Manning discusses ideas for incorporating visuals and storytelling with the organ, including Working in Versions (Part 1), Creating with a Media Feedback Loop (Part 2), How to Create Imagery with Organ Music and No Visuals (Part 3), and Creative Prompts and Guidelines (Part 4).

    Organist Launchpad is funded thanks to a grant from Heritage Canada, and is produced by the Royal Canadian College of Organists in association with the Canadian International Organ Competition.


    We hope you’ll check out this exciting new resource on our webpage or on YouTube, then help us spread the word.

    Watch at RCCO.CA
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  • 09 February 2024 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    I remember first becoming interested in the organ after having heard Stanford’s Morning, Communion, and Evening Service in C at St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston, ON,; I’d quite literally never heard anything like it and I was floored. I was doing my undergraduate at Queen’s University at the time in piano and composition, and I decided to apply for the introductory organ scholarship with the local RCCO Centre. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted to continue studying after the scholarship had ended, but I soon found myself having to prioritize preparing piano recitals and composition commissions. So, unfortunately, organ fell by the wayside.

    A few years later, after having finished my master’s in composition at the University of Toronto, I found myself looking for work in the city. I’d been playing the piano in churches since starting music in my teens, and given my (albeit very limited) experience on the organ, it made sense to me that I apply to church music positions in the area. I ended up landing at Graceview Presbyterian Church, Etobicoke, where I still serve as music director today. Shortly after starting the job though, it hit me that I should really know how to play this instrument properly if I wanted to succeed as a church musician. Dr. Pat Wright (whose choir I had spent some time in a year or two earlier) recommended that I reach out to Aaron James about lessons. All I can say is he has been an outstanding friend and teacher, and I’m happy to have been working with him ever since. I continue to have amazing experiences with the organ, including my first concert as a guest organist this past fall, and certainly not least of which was the incredible festival I was able to attend last summer.

    More than anything, I think the organ (and church music, more generally) interests me because it offers a medium for music-making that’s very different from other activities I engage in as an artist. I value the fact that the music I make on Sunday morning is not commodified in the same sense as my other work, even if I do earn a wage from it in the end. At the same time, the reason why I make music in this setting is crystal-clear. Despite the fact that I don’t believe the same things as most church-goers, for me and for many other RCCO members, I know that purpose is to create an environment which makes it easier for these community members to worship, reflect, pray, and maybe occasionally doze off. As I was sitting in the basement during the pandemic, sketching, composing, wondering who was ever going to hear the music I was writing, the organ gave me a sense of personal and artistic grounding that I desperately needed. Without that experience, I don’t think I would be a musician today.  

  • 06 February 2024 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In this week's episode, Mária Budáčová gives a 3-part masterclass with organist Maria Gajraj on selections from Charles Tournemire's suite for the Office of the Assumption from L'Orgue mystique. The class offers insight into liturgical improvisation by highlighting elements of Tournemire's music that serve as liturgical commentary.

    Organist Launchpad is funded thanks to a grant from Heritage Canada, and is produced by the Royal Canadian College of Organists in association with the Canadian International Organ Competition.


    We hope you’ll check out this exciting new resource on our webpage or on YouTube, then help us spread the word.

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  • 31 January 2024 12:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    In this week's episode, composer, producer, recording engineer, and entertainment lawyer Jeff Young shares his expertise with an introduction to music law, offering valuable insights for organists, composers, and other musicians.

    Please note that this video is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as official legal advice. If you have a specific situation that needs to be addressed, please contact an entertainment lawyer with specific knowledge of music law.

    Organist Launchpad is funded thanks to a grant from Heritage Canada, and is produced by the Royal Canadian College of Organists in association with the Canadian International Organ Competition.

    We hope you’ll check out this exciting new resource on our webpage or on YouTube, then help us spread the word.

    Watch at RCCO.CA
    Watch via Facebook
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  • 25 January 2024 12:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This week, join classical pianist, content creator, and arts administrator Boran Zaza, who discusses affordable technologies and easy methods to record, edit, and stream organ music. The presentation includes an overview of affordable equipment and software options (Part 1), a tutorial on 'How to Film Awesome Shots' (Part 2), a crash course in audio and video editing (Part 3), and a tutorial on livestreaming on various platforms (Part 4). Featuring guest organist David Simon.

    Organist Launchpad is funded thanks to a grant from Heritage Canada, and is produced by the Royal Canadian College of Organists in association with the Canadian International Organ Competition.

    We hope you’ll check out this exciting new resource on our webpage or on YouTube, then help us spread the word.

    Watch at RCCO.CA
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  • 22 January 2024 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship, 2024

    Application forms for candidates for the 2024 Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship must be postmarked by April 30, 2024. This annual scholarship of $6,000 is offered by the Ottawa Centre, RCCO, and is intended for a Canadian graduate student in organ, studying either inside or outside Canada, who intends to use  his/her skills as an organ teacher in the future. The past winners  are

    2005 - Craig Humber
    2006 - Isabelle Demers
    2007 - Michael Unger
    2008 - Ryan Jackson
    2009 - Matthieu Latreille
    2010 - Shawn Potter
    2011 - Wendy Nieuwenhuis
    2012 - Stephen Boda
    2013 - Sarah Svendsen
    2014 - Julie Pinsonneault
    2015 - Rachel Mahon
    2016 - Shane Murphy
    2017 - no award
    2018 - David Simon and Nicholas Walters
    2019 - Stefani Bedin
    2020 - Samuel Lee and Manuel Piazza
    2021 - Martin Jones
    2022 - Maria Gajraj
    2023 - Alexander Straus-Fausto

    Information and application forms are available at www.rcco-ottawa.ca, and further information may be obtained from Frances Macdonnell at fbmacdonnell@sympatico.ca or at 613-726-7984.

  • 17 January 2024 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists is excited to announce the premiere of Season Three of Organist Launchpad!

    In a new two-part episode, acclaimed choral conductor and founder of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Dr. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, presents a choral masterclass on Moses Hogan's arrangement of the African-American Spiritual 'Music Down In My Soul,' and Andre J. Thomas' arrangement of 'Walk Together Children.' Featuring Rashaan Allwood at the organ.

    Produced in partnership with the Canadian International Organ Competition and funded by Canadian Heritage, Organist Launchpad presents instructional videos and masterclasses for organists of every skill level and is now streaming worldwide!

    Watch at RCCO.CA
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  • 15 January 2024 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This year we will be sharing a monthly feature that showcases RCCO Centres from across the country - to celebrate the work they are doing and to glimpse what makes each one unique. In this video, Edmonton Centre President Joachim Segger offers a brief look at their scholarship program, including a performance from one of the recent winners! To check out the video, follow this link or click the image above.

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