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  • 17 September 2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous


    The FutureStops podcast is now live! Our first episode was released on September 15, and we hope you will give it a listen.

    In Episode 1, host Blake Hargreaves speaks with renowned organist Olivier Latry and organ builder Bertrand Cattiaux about the restoration, history and future of the great organ at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris following the devastating fire in April 2019.

    Photo of Olivier Latry smiling in front of a pipe organ console

    Pictured above: Olivier Latry, Titular Organist at Notre Dame Cathedral

    Episode 2 will be released on September 29, and features Blake’s coverage of the first note change in seven years in the world’s longest lasting pipe organ performance – As Slow As Possible by John Cage at the Saint Buchardi Church in Halberstadt, Germany.

    You can listen to the podcast on the FutureStops website at futurestops.org or wherever you get your podcasts, including through the following links:

      

      

    For more information about the show and to keep up to date with the latest news, follow FutureStops on social media:

       
       

    We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

  • 13 August 2020 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    A big thank you to all of the panelists who spoke at the RCCO's first online Forum yesterday. Your words of advice and support were greatly appreciated, and we are grateful to everyone for sharing their experiences with us during this challenging time.

    If you were unable to attend the Forum live, or would like to go back and review it, the recording is now available to watch online at https://youtu.be/ob2j3zV1E2I.

    To view and download the slides from Dr. Allison McGeer's presentation, please click here.

    Dr. McGeer has also provided links to two online resources mentioned in her presentation:

    If you have any questions or feedback regarding the Forum, please contact Hayley Raymond, Office Administrator at info@rcco.ca.

  • 07 August 2020 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent online survey. Your responses were instrumental in helping us identify the most important topics of discussion for our upcoming online forum, COVID-19 Impact on Canadian Organists. To see a summary of the survey responses, please click here.

    The online forum will take place on Wednesday, August 12. 2020 at 1:00 PM ET via Zoom. The registration link will be sent out shortly. Please note that there is a cap of 100 attendees who can join live, so please register as soon as possible. For those unable to attend live, the forum will also be recorded and made available for viewing after the event.

    Our panelists are:

    Dr. Peter Nikiforuk: Director of Music at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener and on the faculty of the Beckett School at Wilfrid Laurier University. and President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

    Dr. Allison McGeer: Canadian infectious disease specialist in the Sinai Health System, a Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a Senior Clinician Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute.

    Chellan Hoffman: Music Director at Knox United Church in downtown Calgary, teaches organ privately and through Mount Royal University Conservatory, is Vice President  of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and serves as Chair of the Editorial Committee (Organ Canada).

    Matthew Fraser: Young organist beginning studies this fall at the University of Toronto towards a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Junior Organ Scholar at Metropolitan United Church, Toronto alongside Dr. Patricia Wright.

    Katherine Hume: Private piano teacher, church organist, music educator, frequent performer and collaborator with 30 years experience and Music Director at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt, BC.

    Fred Graham: Retired organist, Associate Professor Emeritus of Emmanuel College, U of T and Chair of the Professional Support Committee at the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
  • 22 July 2020 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    The RCCO is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 John Goss Memorial Scholarship as Stefani Bedin, by unanimous decision of the Jury. Stefani Bedin is currently working towards the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance (Organ) degree at the University of Toronto, where she studies with Dr. Kevin Komisaruk.

  • 22 July 2020 11:29 AM | Anonymous

    The RCCO is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Lorna and Murray Holmes Scholarship as Rebecca Lee, by unanimous decision of the Scholarships and Bursaries Committee. Rebecca Lee begins the Bachelor of Music in Performance (Organ) degree at McGill University this September.

  • 06 July 2020 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    Earlier this year, internationally-regarded organist-composer Denis Bédard turned 70 – a milestone that would have been celebrated together by organists from across the country at Organ Festival Canada – Victoria, BC in July. Indeed, Bédard was due to have given the premiere of his Fantasia alla marcia (commissioned by the Festival) in a celebratory recital on July 9.

    Sadly, the festival had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. So in lieu of an in-person premiere, the composer has kindly agreed to give this piece its first performance by video (as one of four special events in Organ Festival Canada Online - https://www.facebook.com/rcco.ca/). As a special birthday gift from Denis Bédard and Organ Festival Canada to the RCCO membership and festival registrants, you can click here to access a preview score to this new work. Please feel free to print a copy and add it to your repertory. But remember: No sneaky premieres until after the premiere event! (https://www.facebook.com/events/1169267320094313/)

    Of this new piece, the composer writes:

    Fantasia alla marcia was composed in October 2019.  Written in a Neo-romantic style, it is in four sections, the first being a very joyful and rhythmic march and the second featuring a tranquil melody on a solo stop.  Then follow first a short interlude on the Celestes and finally a repeat of the first section culminating in a brilliant coda, which displays the full splendour of the organ.

    La Fantasia alla marcia fut composée en octobre 2019.  De style néo-romantique, elle se compose de quatre parties : une première section très joyeuse et rythmée, en forme de marche; une deuxième section plus tranquille, très mélodique et faisant chanter un jeu solo; un court interlude sur la voix céleste, suivi de la reprise de la première section, amplifiée d'une brillante coda faisant sonner l'orgue dans toute sa splendeur.

    Denis Bédard

  • 06 July 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Podcast Producer Wanted!

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists is seeking a producer for its new FutureStops Podcast which will explore the 21st century organ experience in all of its dimensions.

    The FutureStops Podcast will focus on innovation, collaboration and experimentation in relation to the organ and will aim to reach both existing and new audiences for contemporary organ music. The Podcast Producer will work closely with the host and the Executive Producer to shape and create the content of the podcast.

    The successful candidate will:

    • Have a professional attitude and approach
    • Be a strong and detail-oriented project manager
    • Be passionate about the arts, especially music
    • Have audio production expertise and experience
    • Be a supportive and engaged team player
    • Understand how to create meaningful and compelling stories in sound
    • Be boldly creative, flexible, organized, reliable, articulate and digitally savvy
    • Be able to relate to and connect with music lovers in their 20s and 30s
    • Be comfortable working remotely

    If you would like to be considered for this paid part-time position, and can commit a highly focused 15-20 hours per month to it, then please send us the following:

    • a CV and brief bio
    • a link to 2 audio clips you have produced
    • a text of up to 300 words that briefly summarizes:
      • your knowledge (or impressions) of organs, organ music and the organ community
      • what you think makes an arts podcast successful
      • your experience as a producer and as a storyteller
      • your technical capacities
      • why you want to produce this podcast
      • why you will be successful in this role

    Please email your application to Elizabeth Shannon at execdirector@rcco.ca no later than July 17, 2020.

    We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.


  • 19 June 2020 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    Looking for some new high-quality online performances this summer? Organ Festival Canada has taken to the clouds for its four-concert mini-festival this July, with events coming from Victoria and Vancouver.

    Each live-streamed concert will be professionally recorded and beautifully filmed to show this great instrument in its best light, from multiple angles. Presentations range from a short premiere by beloved west-coast composer, Denis Bédard (10 minutes), to an hour-long transcription of Holst’s “The Planets.”

    The concerts are centred around four universal themes -- Earth, Heavens, Creation, and Navigation -- and feature acclaimed organists Denis Bédard, Donald Hunt, Mark McDonald and David Stratkauskas.

    We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, BC, Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, BC and St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Victoria, BC for their assistance in the production of these performances.

    Full Program

    Monday, July 6, 7:30pm EDT
    "Earth": Widor's 5th Symphony
    Donald Hunt, organ

    Charles-Marie Widor is the grandfather of the Organ Symphony. From the evocative snapshots in this work’s opening theme and variations to the cavernous Toccata which concludes it, this 35-minute work has something for everyone on earth. Presented in partnership with Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria.

    Tuesday, July 7, 7:30pm EDT
    "Navigation": Kim Farris-Manning's MAP; gest
    David Stratkauskas, organ

    "The fundamental problem of maps is that the earth is a sphere and that paper is flat." A similar quandary exists with musical scores, as with anything that lies on the border of imagination and representation; the danger being that if you write down a lie, it might look like the truth. Kim Farris-Manning explores these questions in her improvisatory soundscape.

    Wednesday, July 8, 7:30pm EDT
    "Creation": Bédard plays Bédard
    Denis Bédard, organ

    Join Denis Bédard as he premieres his own composition, Fantasia alla marcia, commissioned by Organ Festival Canada to honour the composer in his 70th birthday year. 

    Thursday, July 9, 7:30pm EDT
    "Heavens": Holst's The Planets
    Mark McDonald, organ

    Originally composed for a full symphony orchestra between 1914 and 1916, this English composer’s magnum opus has been transcribed for one musician and thousands of pipes by Peter Sykes. Prize-winning organist Mark McDonald gives a performance that is out of this world! Presented in partnership with Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria.

    Admission is free or by donation.

    Click here to access the streams.

    Please click here if you would like to make a donation.

  • 15 June 2020 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    Are you fascinated by organs and contemporary organ music?

    Are you personable and well-spoken?

    Want to host a podcast?

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists is seeking a charismatic, informed, musically open-minded and highly professional host for its new FutureStops Podcast, which will explore the 21st century organ experience in all of its dimensions.

    The FutureStops Podcast will focus on innovation, collaboration and experimentation in relation to the organ and will aim to reach both existing and new audiences for contemporary organ music.

    If you’d like to be considered for this paid part-time position, and can commit a highly focused 10 - 12 hours per month to it, then please send us the following:

    • a brief (no more than 10 minutes) sample audio interview of someone (music-related but not necessarily organ-related) that gives us a taste of the style and substance you would bring to the role of host
    • links to your personal and/or professional social media profiles (if available) and a brief description of your familiarity with social media marketing and online community management (optional)
    • a CV and brief bio
    • a text of up to 500 words that briefly describes:
    • your interpretation of the phrase The 21st Century Organ Experience
    • your range of experience with contemporary music
    • your knowledge of organs, organ music and the organ community
    • any professional technical or journalistic experience you have that would equip you to produce the podcast (optional)
    • why you would like to host this podcast

    The successful candidate:

    • will have a spirit of partnership and will genuinely want to work with Future Stops to deliver an amazing, world-class, audience-first show
    • understands the craft of storytelling and the role of the interviewer
    • knows how to listen, is curious, fast on their feet and comfortable going off-script, improvising and challenging guests if needed

    * Demonstrated ability or experience working in audio is an asset.

    Please email your application to Elizabeth Shannon at execdirector@rcco.ca no later than July 3, 2020.

    We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.

  • 12 June 2020 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    Citations of the 2020 Honorary Awards recipients are now available for viewing on the Honorary Awards page, or by clicking here. Congratulations to all of our recipients!

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