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July 10, 2017
By: Lorne Swan
Congratulations to those awarded Diplomas and Certificates, and to the following who received...
Winners of National Organ Playing Competition
July 1, 2017
By: Lorne Swan
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 RCCO National Organ Playing Competition: 1st:  ...

Educational Resources


Many helpful publications and other media are available through the RCCO Store.

The following items are available for download at no charge to members. Please ensure that you are LOGGED IN and then click HERE to access the download page.

Varying Textures for Hymns - Michael Capon

Pragmatic Registration - David Cameron

Music for Weddings and Funerals - multiple authors

Publicise It! Writing a Press Release - Sandi McDonald

Let's Commission a Work - William Wright

An Organist's 'How to Practise' - Barrie Cabena

Some Notes on Copyright - Giles Bryant

Technique for Choirs - John Cook

Pedal Exercises - Gerald Bales 

Good health for organists - vital principles of posture - Dr Steven Benson

Addendum to Dr Benson's article


Our colleagues at the American Guild or Organists have kindly agreed to publicising their Youtube file for the benefit of RCCO members. You will find there two videos of workshops from recent festivals on Improvisation Techniques.

In addition there are extracts from five Masters Series videos, with interviews and performances from five outstanding organists:-

1. Catharine Crozier

2. Marie-Claire Alain

3. Fred Swann

4. Gerre Hancock

5. Marilyn Mason



The following video cassettes are available to members for loan within Canada only. Please contact the National Office to request them.

Man of Music: Healey Willan (NFB)

Voices in the Wind (CBC)

Coming Alive: Choral Directing with Lloyd Pfautsch

The Singing Pipes (NFB)

A Church Organist's Primer: (Allen Organ Co.)
   i) Manual and Pedal Technique
   ii) Registration
   iii) Hymn Accompaniment

Sing and Rejoice: Help for Hymn Singing with Alice Parker (Worship Works)

Music Inc.

Pipedreams: The Casavant organ in Jack Singer Hall Making the Words Sing! (NFB)

Pulling Out All the Stops: The Pipe Organ in America (OHS)

The Reason Why We Sing: Alice Parker (LTP)


A small reference library is located at the National Office. It includes hymn books and psalters of different denominations and styles, anthem books, organ methods, treatises, theory texts, and periodicals of interest to organists and church musicians. The library, which is open to all members of the RCCO, is made available through the generous donations of volumes by interested members and purchases made by the Standing Committee for Resources.


The ORC was a project, started in the 1990's by the Edmonton Centre of the RCCO, which seeks to assist churches in the selection and purchase of an organ. With today's ready access to internet material its usefulness has greatly diminished. It covered topics such as:-

Music in worship
The organ in worship
Organizing the organ committee
Determining your needs
Planning for the future
Costs and fund raising
Organ Planning for Architects
Approaching a builder
Mechanics of the organ
Repertoire for small organs

This material is now archived at City of Edmonton and Province of Alberta Archives, and will be accessible to the general public.

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