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  • 24 December 2020 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In accordance with Ontario provincial government regulations, the National Office at 15 Case Goods Lane in Toronto will be closed as of December 26. The Executive Director and Office Administrator continue to work remotely, and will respond to email and voice messages. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

    Please note that the National Office will also be closed for  the Christmas holidays from December 24 - January 3.

  • 30 November 2020 9:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO is currently accepting applications for the 2021 National Organ Playing Competition, to be held during Organ Festival Canada 2021 in Hamilton, Ontario. The deadline to apply has been extended to March 15, 2021. Please click here for application information.

  • 26 November 2020 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists is excited to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign for an Organ Truck! The Organ Truck will bring organ music to the public by presenting outdoor concerts at popular pedestrian locations, nursing homes, and to underserved communities across southern Ontario.

    The RCCO Organ Truck will be our way of giving back to our community while raising the profile of the organ and the people who play it. Each concert will be under an hour and will feature organists from the local area playing music for people who may be hearing, and seeing, an organ for the first time!

    Starting on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1) and throughout the giving season, the RCCO will be raising funds to help make our vision a reality. Our goal is to raise $5,000 before December 31. Donations can be made online on by clicking here or by contacting us at info[at]rcco.ca. (Tax receipts will be issued for all donations.) Please consider supporting this project if you able. Each and every gift is deeply appreciated.

  • 24 November 2020 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following candidates have been elected to the Board of Directors by acclamation at the Annual General Meeting on October 24, 2020:

    Office   Candidate
    President   Peter Nikiforuk (Waterloo-Wellington ON)
    Vice President

    Chellan Hoffman (Calgary AB)
    Vice President
    Thomas Leslie (Montreal QC)
    Norma Blanchet (Saint John NB)

    Patrick Carter (Hamilton ON)
    Regional Director - Region 1

    Margaret Machum (Halifax NS)
    Regional Director - Region 8

    Sandra Fletcher (Victoria BC)
  • 23 November 2020 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO is pleased to announce the creation of a brand-new online resource -- the Buy & Sell Forum! On the Buy & Sell Forum, anyone can post advertisements for organs or other music-related items that are being offered or sought. This service is offered free of charge and is open to the public. For more information, check out the new webpage here!

  • 19 November 2020 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Honorary Patron ⁦‪Angela Hewitt on receiving the Bach Medal in Leipzig and thank you for your sublime performance of the Goldberg Variations (available online at here.) So much joy and love. Such a gift.

  • 17 November 2020 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO Hamilton Centre is pleased to announce that renowned organist Matthew Larkin is presenting a virtual concert of the music of Louis Vierne, recorded at the the organ of St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston. Maestro Larkin will also provide commentaries on his selected pieces.

    The virtual concert is available as of this Friday, November 20 at 7:30 PM ET.

    On the program:

    • Symphonie no. 1 op. 14 24 pièces en style libre: Arabesque, Pastorale, Berceuse, Elégie, Carillon
    • Pièces de fantaisie suite no 1 op 51: Prelude
    • Pièces de fantaisie suite no 2 op 53: Hymne au soleil
    • Pièces de fantaisie suite no 4 op 55: Cathédrales
    • Pièces de fantaisie suite no 3 op 54: Carillon de Westminster
    Join on Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.

    Purchase your access to the online concert here.

    Entry is $20. Once you have purchased your ticket, you will receive a link to view the video.

    Good news, if you cannot attend the premiere on Friday, November 20, starting at 7:30 PM ET, the concert can be viewed at any time afterwards. Just use the link above to purchase your access code.

    Help us promote this great concert and pass this information along to your friends. (Just don't give the link to the video for free.)

  • 28 October 2020 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please see below for information from the Hamilton, Toronto and Victoria Centres regarding their upcoming online Halloween concerts:

    Hamilton Centre

    Our Halloween concert is taking place online this year.

    Thanks to several of our dear colleagues, this program is absolutely fantastic.

    Join on October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at https://youtu.be/ywkOmgDBkmc

    This is a fundraiser for the 2021 Organ Festival, so please share widely and help with a generous donation.

    Toronto Centre

    Our annual "Phantoms of the Organ" is happening on Friday, October 30th at 8 pm. For more information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/340927733784386.

    A YouTube trailer is also available at https://youtu.be/v_qHHRHj7aY.

    Victoria Centre

    Do you like music from Phantom of the Opera, Star Wars and the famous d-minor organ toccata? We’ve got you covered!

    On Saturday, October 31, 2020 put on your favourite Halloween costume, grab a tasty beverage, some yummy snacks, and then sit down in your favourite comfy chair and join us online (via Facebook) at 6:00pm PDT for a live-streamed Halloween organ concert!

    Eight fabulous organists on 6 different instruments in Alberta and B.C. will perform a variety of “spook-tacular” music suitable for audiences of all ages.

    Check out this live-streamed concert via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/654202658823581

    For more information about the Victoria Centre and this event, go to:

    Website: http://rcco-victoria.org
    Facebook: Royal Canadian Centre of Organists – Victoria Centre
    Instagram: @rccovictoria
    Twitter: RCCOVictoria

  • 26 October 2020 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the successful 2020 examination candidates! We are very pleased to award the following diplomas:

     Ryan Baxter, ARCCO
     George Langley, CRCCO
     Kristiana Renée Nikkel, CRCCO
  • 26 October 2020 11:53 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.

    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, 2021, and should hold either Canadian citizenship or permanent residency of Canada. They should also be members of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

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

    The application deadline is April 30, 2021.

    Click here for an application form.

    Click here to read more about the Prize.

    Click here for information on the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation.


The Royal Canadian College of Organists

201-720 Bathurst St

Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

Phone: 416.929.6400
Email: info[at]rcco.ca

The Royal Canadian College of Organists

201-720 Bathurst St

Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

Téléphone : 416.929.6400
Courriel : info[

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