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  • 02 February 2023 2:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Organ Competition Application

    Deadline Extended to February 15, 2023 Apply Now!


  • 25 January 2023 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cadence Brassard and Rashaan Rori Allwood (composer of the commissioned organ work for the 2023 National Organ Competition) were recently featured on the TVOKids show Backyard Beats. Check it out here:


  • 16 December 2022 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Position: Project Manager 

    Position Summary: 

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) is seeking an experienced short-term Project Manager to plan and coordinate the development of a series of professional development videos for organists. The successful candidate will work closely with the Executive Director and collaboratively with the technical production team as well as a wide variety of project participants. 

    Key Duties: 

    • coordinate the planning, logistics and execution of the video series
    • collaborate with the production team to ensure production needs are met  
    • communicate and coordinate with external parties including guest presenters and venue personnel 
    • create production schedule and monitor project progress  
    • create marketing plan and promotional materials and manage marketing activities 
    • identify and resolve issues that arise 
    • ensure that project is delivered on time within the stipulated budget
    • ensure that project outcomes meet expectations 
    • create and maintain project documentation and prepare status reports 
    • submit project evaluation at conclusion of project

    Skills and Qualifications: 

    • exceptional verbal and written communication skills 
    • highly proficient management skills 
    • self-motivated, effective in a team setting and individually 
    • superior time-management skills 
    • ability to monitor and control project budgets
    • relevant project management related experience 

    Organizational Profile: 

    Founded in 1909, the RCCO is the national voice of the organ and its music across Canada. Our vision is: Inspiring connections with organ music. We support, promote and celebrate Canada’s organ music community by providing learning opportunities, resources, outreach and professional development opportunities through our programs and services. We seek to enrich the lives of Canadians by engaging the wider public in Canada’s rich organ heritage and vibrant organ culture. The RCCO is committed to providing greater access to the organ and its music through technological innovations that can enhance its reach and actively engage Canadians of all genders, ethnicities, age, abilities, or geographic location, in the art of the organ.

    Additional Information: 

    Terms: 15 hours per week for 16 weeks 

    Wage: $35 per hour   

    Start Date: As soon as possible and not later than January 9, 2023  

    Location: The successful candidate will be working remotely 

    Application Deadline: December 30, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. 

    How to Apply: 

    Interested candidates are invited to submit a résumé and cover letter, (combined in a single PDF) to Elizabeth Shannon, Executive Director, at info@rcco.ca. Please indicate “Project Manager” in the subject line of the email. Deadline to apply is December 30, 2022 at 5:00 pm. 

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from persons identifying as visible minorities and indigenous heritage. All applicants are thanked for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

  • 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:


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