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  • 25 November 2022 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's not too late!

    The RCCO Gala Organ Concert is tonight, 7:30pm, November 25, 2022 at St. Basil's Catholic Parish, 50 St. Joseph St., Toronto

    Tickets are still available at the door.

    We hope to see you there!

  • 18 November 2022 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Gala Organ concert is fast approaching - less than a week to go!

    This week, we are featuring our final Gala Organ Concert Artist - Manuel Piazza (First Place 2021 RCCO National Organ Competition, 2020 Godfrey Hewitt Scholarship).

    Hear him play a section of the Duruflé Suite pour orgue, Op. 5:

    Manuel Piazza_Duruflé_Promo_RCCO.mp4

    Manuel will be performing at our Gala Organ Concert, Friday November 25, 2022, 7:30pm

    St. Basil's Catholic Church, 50 St. Joseph St, Toronto

    Tickets are still available at the door.

  • 10 November 2022 2:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week we are featuring Gala Organ Concert Artist Martin Jones

    (First Place 2021 Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Prize, First Place 2021 Godfrey Hewitt Scholarship).

    Hear Martin performing Franck's Choral in A Minor here.

    Martin will be performing at our Gala Organ Concert, Friday November 25, 2022, 7:30pm

    St. Basil's Catholic Church, 50 St. Joseph St, Toronto

    Tickets are still available at the door.

  • 01 November 2022 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don't miss RCCO Award Winner Aaron Tan (First Place 2021 CIOC, Raymond Daveluy Prize) at the Gala Organ Concert

    Friday November 25th, 2022, 7:30pm at St. Basil's Catholic Church in Toronto.

    Tickets are still available at the Door.

    Click here to see a clip of Aaron performing!


  • 20 October 2022 11:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gala Organ Concert
    November 25, 2022, 7:30 PM
    St. Basil's Catholic Church, 50 St Joseph St, Toronto

    Canada's top emerging artists and RCCO award-winners at the organ, followed by a special Gala Reception!

         

    Aaron Tan (First Place 2021 CIOC, Raymond Daveluy Prize)

    • Jeanne Demessieux : 7 Méditations sur le Saint Esprit, Op. 6; vii. Lumière.
    • Henri Duparc, transc. Aaron Tan : Aux étoiles
    • Louis Vierne : Symphonie No. 5, Op. 47; v. Final

    Martin Jones (First Place 2021 Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Prize, First Place 2021 Godfrey Hewitt Scholarship)

    • Max Reger : Phantasie über den Choral Wie schön leucht't uns der Morgenstern, Op. 40: No. 1
    • Charles-Valentin Alkan : Prière in F, Op. 64: No. 5

    Manuel Piazza (First Place 2021 RCCO National Organ Competition, 2020 Godfrey Hewitt Scholarship)

    • Maurice Duruflé : Suite pour orgue, Op. 5

    Tickets are still available at the Door

    • General Admission ($25): Admission to the concert only.
    • President's Circle ($150): Admission to the concert and the gala reception, plus reserved seating. (Includes $100.00 tax receipt.)
  • 07 October 2022 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with much excitement that we announce the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Prize. Funded by the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation and administered by the RCCO, this prestigious award of $7,500 is given in memory of Canada’s preeminent musician from the 1920s through the 1950s.

    Sir Ernest (1893-1973) was a Companion of the Order of Canada, and recipient of the only knighthood conferred on a Canadian musician. Perhaps best known as the conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, he was also conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for 15 years, as well as Dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music for 25 years, and Principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music for 16 years. He founded and/or presided over most of the major national organizations dedicated to music, including the Canadian Music Centre, the Canadian Music Council, the Canada Council, CAPAC (now SOCAN), and Jeunesses musicales du Canada. Sir Ernest's extraordinary contributions to the development of music in Canada, in virtually all aspects, as orchestral and choral conductor, organist, chamber musician, composer, arranger, educator, administrator, lecturer, adjudicator, writer, and statesman, are unparalleled.

    As an organist, he was a prodigy, and was appearing publicly in Toronto by the age of ten. He passed the (British) ARCO exam in 1907 while still only 13, and the next year assumed his first professional position as the organist at Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto. In 1911 he was awarded the Carte-Lafontaine prize as the top student in the FRCO exams that year in London. He later held organ positions at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Hamilton and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto, toured widely as an organist, and composed the fine concert piece Cortège académique (1953). MacMillan wrote about his career as an organist in the article “The Organ Was My First Love,” published in the Canadian Journal of Music in 1959.

    His life story has been told in an award-winning biography by Ezra Schabas: Sir Ernest MacMillan: The Importance of Being Canadian (University of Toronto Press, 1994) and in the fine Encyclopedia of Music in Canada article by John Beckwith, available in English here and in French here.

    Offered in odd-numbered years, the prize will support the artistic development and career advancement of a young organist; it may be used to assist with travel, a workshop or study program, participation in a festival or competition, or other relevant purposes

    Candidates should be at an advanced stage of their musical education, under thirty years of age at April 30, 2023, and should hold either Canadian citizenship or permanent residency of Canada. They should also be members of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

    Candidates will be expected to prepare a program of no more than 40 minutes of music drawn from three categories:

    1. the works of J. S. Bach – a slow and fast movement from Trio Sonata III, IV, V or VI
    2. French symphonic school – two contrasting movements from an organ symphony of Widor or Vierne
    3. Contemporary Canadian Organ Music – one of these movements from theSonatas of Raymond Daveluy:

    3rd Sonata : Chaconne, 2nd Movement
    5th Sonata : Scherzo, 2nd Movement
    5th Sonata : Final, 4th Movement
    4th Sonata : Fantasy, 1st Movement
    4th Sonata : Fugue, 3rd Movement
             Epilogue on "Nun Danket" and "Ballerma"
    6th Sonata : Toccata, 4th Movement

    The winner will be selected by recorded audition and references, adjudicated by a jury of representatives from the RCCO and the wider musical world beyond. The jury may withhold its recommendation if it considers no applicant is of sufficiently high artistic standard.

    The application and reference letter deadline is April 30, 2023.

    For the Application Form and further details, please click here.

    For information on the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation, go to:

                 www.macmillanfoundation.com/e_semmf.html

  • 28 September 2022 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    FutureStops Festival
    September 29 – October 1, 2022
    Live in Toronto or Online at futurestops.org

    Join us for an inspiring and memorable organ music experience! Presenting traditional and diverse approaches, the FutureStops Festival is breaking barriers and inviting new audiences in to hear the organ in action and engage with innovative creators and makers as they explore the unique and extraordinary sonic possibilities of the organ.

    Featuring performances and discussions with visionary artists Charlemagne Palestine, FUJI|||||||||||TA, Amina Claudine Myers, Kali Malone, and other festival guests. Hear Raven Chacon’s Pulitzer Prize winning work, Voiceless Mass, and others as part of this unprecedented gathering of artists including:

    • Jazz legend Amina Claudine Myers with choir and percussion
    • Premiere of Canadian Neil Weisensel's Tableaux for Organ
    • Performances on custom designed organs from Denmark and Japan
    • Virtuoso Thomas Mellan from Boston performing dazzling 21st century works
    • Free artist talks, presentations and demonstrations
    Watch a preview here.
  • 26 September 2022 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click below to read an interview with FutureStops Festival performer Jean-Willy Kunz, from Matthew Fava:

    The Organ Beckons to Toronto: Speaking with organist Jean-Willy Kunz about the history and present dynamism of his chosen instrument

  • 12 September 2022 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gala Organ Concert
    November 25, 2022, 7:30 PM
    St. Basil's Catholic Church, 50 St Joseph St, Toronto

    Canada's top emerging artists and RCCO award-winners at the organ performing Demessieux, Duruflé, Reger and more, followed by a special Gala Reception!

        

    • Aaron Tan (First Place 2021 CIOC, Raymond Daveluy Prize)
    • Martin Jones (First Place 2021 Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Prize, First Place 2021 Godfrey Hewitt Scholarship)
    • Manuel Piazza (First Place 2021 RCCO National Organ Playing Competition, 2020 Godfrey Hewitt Scholarship)

    Tickets on sale October 3:

    • General Admission ($25): Admission to the concert only.
    • President's Circle ($150): Admission to the concert and the gala reception, plus reserved seating. (Includes $100.00 tax receipt.)

    For more information call 416-929-6400 or email us at info[at]rcco.ca

  • 09 September 2022 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and extend our heartfelt condolences to His Majesty the King and the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth II devoted her life to her country and to the Commonwealth and she will always be remembered for her inspiring leadership and grace and her unwavering devotion to her duties. The Royal Canadian College of Organists is especially grateful to Queen Elizabeth II for granting the use of the Royal prefix in 1959, in recognition of the College's 50th anniversary and of its significant contribution to the cultural life of Canada.

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