Benefits of Membership
COMMUNICATION * EDUCATION * ASSOCIATION * INSPIRATION
Founded in 1909 as the Canadian Guild of Organists, the RCCO is Canada's oldest musicians' association. Today, the RCCO is a nationwide interdenominational community of professional and amateur organists, church musicians, choral conductors, and others sharing an interest in the organ and church music.
The RCCO assists its members in the development and practice of fine organ and choral performance and sound church musicianship, and works to promote these interests in the wider Canadian public. It also provides members with advice and information in matters pertaining to church employment, both through its National and Centre professional concerns officers and a nationwide network of colleagues.
Members receive the RCCO's official journal Organ Canada/Orgue Canada, furnishing a uniquely Canadian perspective on the College's life and work. Members may also choose to subscribe at reduced rates to The American Organist, Choir & Organ, The Diapason, Organists' Review, Journal of American Organbuilding and The Organ. RCCO members in good standing may also take out a dual membership in the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the American Guild of Organists.
Every member in good standing is entitled to attend and vote at all General Meetings of the College and his/her Centre, and to be nominated for any elected office of the College. Every member may attend all events sponsored by his/her Centre or any other Centre, and have free access to any information regarding organ and choir appointments that the College is in a position to supply.
Examinations are held annually for the diplomas of Colleague, Associate, and Fellow; the Professional Diploma in Choral Conducting; and the certificates in Service Playing and Choir Training, all of which test and provide recognition for achievement in organ performance and musical knowledge. Copies of past exam papers and recorded mock practical examinations are available from the National Office.
RCCO conventions offer opportunities to hear and meet world class recitalists and clinicians from Canada and abroad, to participate in workshops on a wide variety of topics, and to discuss subjects of mutual interest and concern with friends and colleagues.
The National Office offers a wide range of resources including audio/video tapes and printed material covering topics such as: service planning; wedding music; choir training; recommended salary levels for church musicians; and the purchase, maintenance, and improvement of all types of organs.
The RCCO works across Canada in support of fine church music and organ playing. If you care about these arts, whatever your background, skill level or religious affiliation, the College has a place for you.
To join the RCCO, consult the chart below to determine the relevant fee, and send in the form. The College year is June 1st to May 31st. Annual fees are due June 1st. Members in arrears may be removed from membership. New members joining during the period December 1st to May 31st pay one-half of the appropriate fee.
AGO Members: Join the RCCO for $55 US.
RCCO Members: Join the AGO for $64 CDN.