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National Competition

The RCCO National Organ Playing Competition is held in odd numbered years coincident with the annual College Festival to encourage and reward a high standard of organ playing.

The next National competition will be held in 2021 in Hamilton.  The competition is open to Canadian organists, permanent residents and non-Canadian organists studying toward a degree or diploma in Canada, who are under the age of 30 and are members of the RCCO. Previous first prize winners are not eligible. 

For reference purposes, rules and regulations (including repertoire lists) for 2019 are available here.  Complete information for the 2021 Competition will be available later in 2020.

2019 Competition Results

The preliminary round was judged on the basis of submitted recordings, the semi-final round was held at St.George's Round Church in Halifax, with the finals at the Cathedral Church of All Saints.  

The program for the semi-finals and finals is available here.

Congratulations to the winners:

1st - David Simon - Godfery Hewitt Memorial Prize
2nd - Jocelyn Lafond - Paul Murray Prize
3rd - Alexander Ross - Muriel GIdley Stafford Prize


D
avid Simon is the Organist of the Cathedral of St. James (Anglican) in Toronto. David began his career as a professional organist at the age of twelve, accompanying the nationally-televised Daily Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral-Basilica. David continues to accompany services at the Cathedral-Basilica, where he began his musical formation as a chorister, in addition to his duties at the Cathedral of St. James. David is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Yale University, where he studies with Thomas Murray. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, winning the Healey Willan Prize for highest achievement nationally, and is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory. An active recitalist and accompanist, David has performed across North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Russia and has given premieres with the Toronto and New Haven Symphony Orchestras. david.alexander.simon@gmail.com

      

  Jocelyn Lafond was born in Saint-Hyacinthe (Québec) in 1989. His musical journey, beginning with piano lessons at the age of six, has progressed in the constant pursuit of ways to understand and express music in its many forms. A graduate of the Trois-Rivières Conservatory of Music, Montreal Conservatory of Music and Arts au Carré (Mons Royal Conservatory of Music) in Belgium, he is the holder of a diploma in organ, piano, collaborative piano, choral and orchestral conducting, and classical music writing styles. Also active as a concert artist, arranger, and composer, particularly in the domain of religious music, he has been titular organist at the St-Hyacinthe Cathedral since 2009, in addition to being the chapel master of the Cathedral and Professor at the Trois-Rivières Conservatory of Music (Music Theory and Collaborative piano) since 2017. Jocelyn Lafond is presently studying organ with Hans-Ola Ericsson and Christian Lane at McGill University (Montreal) in the D. Mus. Performance program. He has also singled himself out in many competitions such as the Canada Music Competition, the Lynnwood-Farnam Competition, and the Quebec Organ Competition, in which he won first prizes.

 

Alexander Ross hails from Goderich, Ontario. In 2011, Alex began his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance at McGill University with Profs. John Grew and Hans-Ola Ericsson — graduating in 2015 with Honours and Outstanding Performance in Organ. From 2012–2015, Alex was Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal where he would assist, accompany and direct under the guidance of Drs. Adrian Foster and Patrick Wedd. In 2015, Alex won first prize in the RCCO Lynwood Farnam Organ Competition. Also in 2015, Alex began not only an Artist Diploma at McGill with Hans-Ola Ericsson and Christian Lane (which he completed in 2019), but also an apprenticeship with the firm of Juget-Sinclair facteurs d’orgues in Montreal. Alex has already been instrumental in the fabrication and voicing of six organs during his apprenticeship as well as three restorations.

 

 

Previous winners:

2017
1st - Jason Biel
2nd - Helen Tucker
3rd - Emmanuel Bernier

2015
1st - Stephen Boda
2nd - Helen Tucker
3rd - Sarah Svendsen

2013
1st - Shawn Potter
2nd - Rachel Mahon
3rd - Stephen Boda

2011
1st - Aaron James
2nd - Sarah Svendsen
3rd - Stephen Boda

2009
1st - Aaron Tan
2nd - Matthew Coons
3rd - Kevin Dill

2007
1st - Ryan Enright
2nd - Aaron Tan
3rd - Philip Chow

2005
1st - Ryan Jackson
2nd - Ryan Enright
3rd - Isabelle Demers

2003
1st - Andrew Henderson
2nd - Gary Tong
3rd - Geoff Ward

 

 

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