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  • 11 April 2022 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO is excited to be a part of The Organ Show 2022, celebrating International Organ Day with The Royal College of Organists, The American Guild of Organists, and more. Tune in on YouTube at 3:00 PM EST on April 23, 2022 and be inspired!

  • 30 March 2022 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce the list of nominees standing for election to the 2022-2023 RCCO Board of Directors.

      Office   Candidate
      Thomas Leslie (Montréal QC)
      President Elect   Chellan Hoffman (Calgary AB)
      Lary Grossman (Montréal QC)
      Patrick Carter (Hamilton ON)
      Director-at-Large (Chair of Advocacy)
      John Paul Farahat (Toronto ON)
      Director-at-Large (Chair of Communications)   Sean Simpson (Waterloo-Wellington ON)
      Director-at-Large (Chair of Development)   Robert Dixon (Toronto ON)
      Director-at-Large (Chair of Governance)   Katy Sweet Allen (Winnipeg MB)
      Director-at-Large (Chair of Marketing)   Peter West (Waterloo-Wellington ON)
      Director-at-Large (Chair of Programming)   Angelique Po (Vancouver BC)

    Please click here to read the biography of each nominee.

    Additional nominations for these positions may be made by the membership on or before May 1, 2022. Nomination submissions must be received by the National Office on or before May 1, 2022 and consist of 1) the consent in writing of the nominee, and 2) the signatures of five other members in support of the nomination.

    Where only one person is nominated for a position, those nominated will be elected by acclamation. Where more than one person is nominated for the available position(s) an election will be conducted. If required, the election will be conducted online and managed by a third-party voting service provider to maintain confidentiality. A notice with candidate information and full voting instructions will be sent in mid-May. Members without an email address will receive an election package in the mail. Voting will close June 15, 2022. (Members who have email but would prefer to vote by mail-in ballot must notify the national office prior to May 1, 2022.)


    Elizabeth Shannon
    Executive Director

  • 29 March 2022 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Online organ festival sets new standards

    Digital organ festival gathers worldwide organ scene for the first time

    The 1st International Online Organ Festival (18.4.-1.5.2022) takes place under the patronage of the German UNESCO Commission and offers a comprehensive and exciting program around the organ. At the heart of the festival are more than 30 concert films, which will be available as video on demand throughout the festival period.

    Every day, three of these film contributions will take center stage as highlights, each of which will be accompanied by matching live Q & As sessions as free special events. In addition, there is an impressive interactive program consisting of prominent Zoom panels, webinars, Q&As and online MasterClasses by top-class organists.

    The lineup of participating churches and venues reads like a Who's Who of exciting places of culture like the cathedrals of Milan, Cologne or Vienna or modern concert venues like the brand new Zaryadye Concert Hall in Moscow and the National Grand Theater in the heart of Beijing.

    First program highlights are for example an organ concert with Wayne Marshall in Europe's oldest theater building the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenca/Venetia (1580), Jean Guillou's masterpiece 'La Révolte des Orgues' from the Milan Cathedral or performance films by top organists like Olivier Latry, Martin Baker or Dong-ill Shen from Seoul/Korea. There are also several specials presenting the most beautiful organs of Dresden or Bavaria. Hansjörg Albrecht will present works from St. Florian, Linz, London, Munich and Bari in a concert film focusing on Anton Bruckner.

    At the free online Q & A Zoom-events, there is a unique opportunity to get in touch with participating organists.

    Another opportunity to learn more about the organ are the panels of the 1st IOOF. The discussion rounds will be held via Zoom in German or English with prominent specialists from music, politics and society. Here, viewers can either actively participate in the discussion or just listen. In addition, interesting webinars are offered for in-depth discussion of various topics in the context of the organ. As soon as the list of topics for the webinars is published, registration for the limited places will be opened.

    The online masterclasses are a special offering designed for people to further their education about organ practice. The limited seats are reserved for students as well as active organists and will be sold out quickly.

    Other patrons of the IOOF are star conductor Kent Nagano and former Bundestag President Norbert Lammert. The festival is kindly supported by the Goethe Institute, and cooperation partners are international organ associations such as the VEM - Association of Protestant Church Musicians, IAO - the umbrella organization of English organ associations and the RCO - Royal College of Organists.

    Tickets available from February - 14 festival days.
    30+ concert films | 4/18 -5/1/2022
    Daily updates at
    Subscribe to the IOOF newsletter
    Contact: IOOF -International Online Organ Festival UG,
    Leopoldstr. 206 | 80804 Munich, Email:

  • 29 March 2022 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO Vancouver Centre has arranged a masterclass with Pacific Baroque Orchestra's Orchestra's Alexander Weimann on Saturday, May 7, at 11:00 am, and they are looking for participants! The masterclass will be on West Vancouver United Church's unique, Baroque-style organ built by Martin Pasi. There will be a brief opportunity for participants to try registrations on the organ an hour before the masterclass, from 10-11 am.

    If you are interested in playing, please send an email with the name of your piece no later than Friday, April 22 to Angelique at A maximum of 4 participants are sought, on a first-come-first-serve basis, though preference will be given to current RCCO Vancouver members. Baroque pieces are preferred for this masterclass, though organists of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. The masterclass will be open to anyone who would like to observe.

    Alexander Weimann is an accomplished organist and harpsichordist living and working in Vancouver, who has a highly-regarded international career as both a soloist and conductor. Here in Vancouver, he is well-known as being the Music Director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Sessional Lecturer of Conducting and Harpsichord at the University of British Columbia, and Director of the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme. You can read more about him on his website:

  • 17 February 2022 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Organizing Committee of the Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition has announced the dates of the 13th competition.

    The first round:
    Hamburg, Germany — April, 17–21
    New Haven, Connecticut, USA — May, 9–12
    Beijing, China — May, 22–25
    Moscow, Russia — August, 28–31

    The second and the third rounds:
    Kaliningrad, Russia — September, 3–9

    President of the Jury — Martin Jean, USA

    The programme, rules and the list of Jury are on the website

  • 16 February 2022 9:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Angela HewittCongratulations to Honorary Patron Angela Hewitt, CC, OBE on receiving the Ontario Arts Council's Oskar Morawetz Award for Excellence in Music Performance!

    This award is presented biennially to an outstanding Canadian performer in the field of classical music, recognizing talent and commitment to Canadian music.

    Hewitt will receive the award on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at the opening night of Hewitt Plays Bach & Mozart – her series with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

    Photo credit: Bernd Eberle

  • 11 February 2022 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO is creating a virtual network to connect and support young organists. If you are a young organist, you can help us determine what features and resources would be helpful to you by completing this short survey:

    The deadline to respond is March 1.

    Thank you!

  • 27 January 2022 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Royal College of Organists (RCO) is offering a reduced fee to RCCO members wishing to join the RCO Winter Conference! The Conference will run online from Thursday, February 17 to Saturday, February 19, 2022, and the content will be available for viewing for several weeks after the Conference closes, making it easier to access for those living in different time zones to the UK.

    Full details of the Conference programme can be found at RCCO Members should book at the 'Members of RCO Partner Organisations' rate.

    In brief, the conference will include:

    • Six recitals, each followed by live chat with the players...
      • Katelyn Emerson playing the Walcker organ in the Methuen Memorial Hall, Boston, sponsored by Andover Organ Company
      • Jean-Baptiste Monnot playing the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Ouen, Rouen, sponsored by Church Organ World
      • Daniel Moult playing the Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ at St George's Hanover Square, London and the Lewis organ at St John the Divine, Upper Norwood, London, sponsored jointly by Richards, Fowkes & Co. and Harrison & Harrison Ltd.
      • Freddie James playing on the 1734 organ of the Franziskanerkirche, Lucerne, Switzerland, sponsored by Viscount Organs
      • Ivan-Bogdan Reincke (winner of the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition 2019), playing on the 1741 Trost organ of the Schlosskirche, Alternberg, Germany, sponsored by the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition
      • Wenying Wu (winner of the IAO-RCO Organ Playing Competition 2021) playing on the Schuke organ of Erfurt Cathedral, Germany, sponsored by Viscount Organs
    • Presentations by...
      • The British Institute of Organ Studies
      • The Incorporated Association of Organists
      • The Institute of British Organ Building
      • The Royal School of Church Music
      • The Society of Women Organists
      • Eastman School of Music (with David Higgs)
      • The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (with Daniel Moult)
      • The Royal College of Music (with David Graham)
    • plus
      • Organ Shorts - interviews with distinguished players
      • Pipe Organ profiles - organists introduce famous organs with which they are associated
  • 18 January 2022 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Application forms for candidates for the 2022 Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship must be postmarked by April 30, 2022. This annual scholarship of $6,000 is offered by the Ottawa Centre, RCCO, and is intended for a Canadian graduate student in organ, studying either inside or outside Canada, who intends to use his/her skills as an organ teacher in the future. The past winners are

        2005 ‑ Craig Humber
        2006 ‑ Isabelle Demers
        2007 ‑ Michael Unger
        2008 ‑ Ryan Jackson
        2009 ‑ Matthieu Latreille
        2010 ‑ Shawn Potter
        2011 ‑ Wendy Nieuwenhuis
        2012 ‑ Stephen Boda
        2013 ‑ Sarah Svendsen
        2014 - Julie Pinsonneault
        2015 - Rachel Mahon        
        2016 - Shane Murphy
        2017 - no award
        2018 - David Simon and Nicholas Walters
        2019 - Stefani Bedin
        2020 - Samuel Lee and Manuel Piazza
        2021 - Martin Jones

    Information and application forms are available at www.rcco‑, and further information may be obtained from Frances Macdonnell at or at 613‑726‑7984.

    La Bourse Commémorative Godfrey Hewitt pour l'année 2022

    Les formulaires de demandes pour la Bourse Commémorative Godfrey Hewitt 2022 devront être postés avant le 30 avril 2022.  Le Centre d'Ottawa du CRCO offre cette bourse annuelle de 6 000$, destinée à un élève d'orgue avancé, étudiant au Canada ou ailleurs, et ayant l'intention d'enseigner l'orgue dans l'avenir.  Les lauréat(e)s des années précédentes sont:

        2005 ‑ Craig Humber
        2006 ‑ Isabelle Demers
        2007 ‑ Michael Unger
        2008 ‑ Ryan Jackson
        2009 ‑ Matthieu Latreille
        2010 ‑ Shawn Potter
        2011 ‑ Wendy Nieuwenhuis
        2012 ‑ Stephen Boda
        2013 ‑ Sarah Svendsen
        2014 - Julie Pinsonneault
        2015 - Rachel Mahon        
        2016 - Shane Murphy
        2017 - pas de bourse
        2018 - David Simon et Nicholas Walters
        2019 - Stefani Bedin
        2020 - Samuel Lee et Manuel Piazza
        2021 - Martin Jones

    Les renseignements et les formulaires de demandes sont disponibles à www.rcco‑ On peut aussi se renseigner auprès de Frances Macdonnell au fbmacdonnell[à] ou 613‑726‑7984.

  • 04 January 2022 2:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions recently mandated by the Ontario provincial government, the RCCO office at 201-720 Bathurst St. in Toronto will be closed as of January 5, 2022. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

    During this time, the Executive Director and Office Administrator will be working remotely and will respond promptly to email and voice messages.


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