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  • 17 July 2024 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Setup is underway for an exciting new series of workshops on the "Fundamentals of Organ Tuning" coming up July 20/21 and 26/27 in Calgary! This unique pilot project will include a total of 11 participants who will join organ tuner/technician Steve Miller for an introduction to the world of organ tuning, as well as hands-on training.

  • 13 July 2024 11:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    And that's a wrap! The 2024 Summer Organ Academy comes to a close with a wonderful Student Recital featuring many of our participants of all ages and stages! Thank you to all our participants this year for a great week, and we hope to see some of you return next year!

  • 12 July 2024 11:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's Day 5 of the Academy and students are diligently working on their pieces for the final Student Recital happening tomorrow at 1 pm at Rosedale United Church (159 Roxborough Dr.)! It's free admission, so come out and support our participants! A discussion of Technology and the Organ with Kevin Komisaruk, along with a Masterclass with Aaron James wrapped up the series of events for the week!

  • 11 July 2024 10:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wow, time passed by so fast, and it's already Day 4 of the Summer Organ Academy. After a full day of lessons and practice, participants gathered together for a Social Event - watching the Fairy Queen at Koerner Hall!

    The Academy will soon come to a close with Student Recital on Saturday, July 13 at 1 pm at Rosedale United Church. Come support our Academy participants! Free admission!

  • 10 July 2024 10:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's Day 3 of the Summer Organ Academy! Rain or shine, nothing will stop our participants from a full day of lessons and fun! Today, Aaron James provided a lecture on the function and the inner workings of the organ and the organ pipe! Our participants also got a chance to play in a masterclass with Kevin Komisaruk. Come hear them perform for our Student Recital this Saturday at 1 pm at Rosedale United Church (159 Roxborough Dr.)! Free admission!

  • 09 July 2024 10:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After a full day of lessons and practice, participants of the Summer Organ Academy had a marvellous evening full of learning - both at Jonathan Oldengarm's lecture about historical keyboards and at the masterclass with Katelyn Emerson. What a great way to end an eventful Day 2!

  • 08 July 2024 10:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tonight's Faculty All-Star Concert starts the Summer Organ Academy with a bang! What an amazing performance from our Faculty to mark Day 1 of the Academy! Excited for what this week will bring - stay tuned!

  • 25 June 2024 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 21 June 2024 1:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following a decision to make changes to the cathedral's team of organists this past April, a letter urging the church leadership to reconsider has been circulated. Read the full text of the petition below:

    We, organists, professionals, students, amateurs, beginning and experienced musicians, music lovers, heritage lovers and defenders, the public and believers, protest against the changes to Notre-Dame’s team of organists imposed without consultation on April 24, 2024 by the cathedral’s rector.

    Why were new organists needed at Notre-Dame de Paris? After the disastrous fire, the perfectly understandable decision was taken to lay off the Notre-Dame organists for economic reasons, with the exception of the choir organist, whose service was still required, albeit relocated to Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois.

    Five years after April 15, 2019, what is the justification for the partial renewal of the current team? Why was Johann Vexo (substitute choir organist for the past 20 years at the time of the fire) sidelined? Why wasn’t Philippe Lefebvre offered the chance to remain at his position for at least a few months, to participate alongside his colleagues in the cathedral’s reopening ceremonies?

    The way in which new organists have been recruited continues to raise questions. Indeed, since 1984 - the date of Cardinal Lustiger's Ordonnance, which proposed special arrangements for "certain organs of specially consecrated renown" - competition has been the sole means of recruiting cathedral organists. Why such a choice?

    Of course, the role of any church organist is to serve the liturgy. And as such, it's up to the rector of the cathedral to preside over the choice of appointments. But Notre-Dame, whose international renown is undeniable, is also a most important symbol of organs and music in general, both in France and throughout the world. In view of its immense reputation, it is our duty to make it shine with the talent of highly qualified artists. Notre-Dame de Paris has always been home to exceptional musicians who have brought - and continue to bring - honor to the profession: personalities who have previously proved themselves not only through their vast experience as servants of the liturgy, but also through their academic careers, their success in international competitions, and their international careers.

    Of course, exceptional careers call for exceptional arrangements: the appointment of Thierry Escaich, renowned composer, improviser, international concert performer, winner of five Victoires de la musique awards, professor of composition and improvisation at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, cannot be contested.

    On the other hand, the recruitment without competition and for an indefinite period of time of a young 21-year-old organist, just a student, in the course of his studies and without any diploma, to the choir organ but also to the great organ, on the sole faith of a “promising talent”, seems incomprehensible. It is an arbitrary choice that can’t be explained on artistic grounds, and sends out the wrong signal to young professional organists who have taken or are taking the trouble to train extensively in both musical repertoire and liturgical accompaniment, demonstrating, in the final analysis, a very high level of church musicianship. How can we explain to them that the high level of skills acquired through their work might not be taken into account in the criteria leading to an appointment?

    That is why we’re calling for the return of the organists on duty at the time of the fire on April 15, 2019, with the addition - since the rector is calling for a “reinforced” team - of the talented Thierry Escaich. In addition, nothing prevents Philippe Lefebvre’s retirement from being deferred, with respect and dignity, for a few months. As for youth, it is obviously welcome and expected, but any appointment must be subject to the practices that have governed the appointment of organists up until now, and which underpin the legitimacy of the fortunate ones selected in the eyes of the profession, and, more broadly, of believers, of the musical public and lovers of musical and ecclesiastical heritage.

    Sign the petition at:à-nouveau-en-feu-contre-la-nomination-des-futurs-organistes

  • 21 June 2024 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce that Alexander Straus-Fausto has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 John Goss Memorial Scholarship!

    Alexander Richard Straus-Fausto is a Canadian organist who has a broad repertoire of music, dating from early fifteenth-century keyboard music to contemporary organ music. Audiences enjoy his exhilarating, clean, colourful, virtuosic, sensitive, and innovative organ performances. He has further expanded the organ’s reach by creating more than 50 original transcriptions of major orchestral works, reflecting his passion for the symphonic organ as a virtually unlimited medium for artistic expression.

    He is a member of The Diapason’s “20 under 30 Class of 2023,” which recognizes young artists under the age of 30 who have made significant contributions to the fields of organ performance, harpsichord, organ building, carillon, and church music. In October, Alexander will be a competitor in the Toulouse International Organ Competition, symphonic category. It will be his second international competition, after Longwood Gardens in 2023. He has performed at Trinity Church in Boston; Grace Cathedral in San Francisco; Woolsey Hall at Yale University; Washington National Cathedral; Basilica National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington; Maison Symphonique in Montreal; Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts; Trinity Wall Street in New York City; and many other series, including the Organix Concert Series in Toronto. He is also looking forward to upcoming concerts at La Madeleine in Paris, Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

    He will be working on an Artist’s Diploma in the fall with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. Alexander graduated with a Master’s degree in organ performance from both the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Yale School of Music. He completed his Bachelor of Music at McGill University Schulich School of Music and his secondary school studies at Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy. He is represented by Seven Eight Artists.

    Alexander is very grateful to the RCCO for their continued support.

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