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  • 08 July 2022 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us in person or online for 3 days of exciting concerts and discussions with fascinating musicians as we present a wide range of radically innovative musical approaches to the organ. Immerse yourself in the unique sonic power of the organ and discover how this extraordinarily complex instrument is being reinvented and re-imagined by diverse and exciting 21st century composers, performers and inventors.


    Plus, join our growing online community on! Create a profile, post your concerts, news, recordings and more, connect with organists from all over the world and discuss organs and organ music in our community forums. The website is free to use and there will be many more features to come!


  • 22 June 2022 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that the RCCO is creating an online Canadian Organ Database! We are asking for your help in developing the most current and interesting online resource by inviting you to complete the survey linked below. Submissions collected through this survey will help us to populate the database before it goes live.

    We would like to include as many organs as possible, from those in small towns to large cities across Canada. Specifically, we are collecting:

         1. Location
         2. Media (photos, videos, audio)
         3. General Information
         4. Technical Details

    To make our database engaging and interactive, we are especially interested in videos of the organ being played.

    Your participation is essential to our success and would be greatly appreciated! You can also help by sharing this survey with your friends and contacts. The deadline to submit a response is July 4, 2022. Thank you.

    RCCO Canadian Organ Database Survey:
  • 19 May 2022 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join Blake Hargreaves, host of the FutureStops podcast, in a discussion about the show! The Canada-wide event will take place on June 5, 2022 at 2 PM PT by Zoom.

    Use this link to join the discussion:

  • 28 April 2022 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO is hiring three temporary, full-time positions through the Canada Summer Jobs program.* It is expected that the successful candidates will be working remotely. The application deadline for all positions is May 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET. Please click on the job titles below for full job descriptions and application instructions:

    Event Assistant for FutureStops Festival

    Event Coordinator for Summer Organ Academy

    Fundraising Assistant

    *Note: To be eligible for employment, and in accordance with funding from Canada Summer Jobs, applicants must
    be; 30 years of age or younger at the start of employment; a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to
    whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant Ontario legislation and regulations.

    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.

  • 19 April 2022 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Windsor Essex Centre of the RCCO is inviting anyone, especially young people. interested in the organ to see one up close, learn about it, hear it, and play it.

    On April 23, 2022, designated venues across Windsor and Essex County will open their doors between 1 and 3 PM.

    Bring a piece of music or play your favourite piece from memory, even if it is 'chopsticks'. Learn how to make different sounds using a variety of 'organ stops', take a picture of yourself on the organ bench, or record your organ playing debut.

    Goal - to establish a first-time ever record of the greatest number of people possible playing an organ on International Organ Day. Setting this record, Windsor Essex will be the very first Organ Capital of Canada!

    Check out CBC Windsor's coverage of the upcoming event here.

  • 13 April 2022 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO honours and celebrates individuals and organizations who, through their work locally or nationally, have made a significant contribution to the organ and its music in Canada. A complete description of each award and criteria is available at . Please consider nominating members of your Centre who may be worthy of an award.

    Nominations are due no later than May 31, 2022.

  • 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:


The Royal Canadian College of Organists

20 St Joseph St

Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9

Phone: 416.929.6400
Email: info[at]

The Royal Canadian College of Organists

20 St Joseph St

Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9

Téléphone : 416.929.6400
Courriel : info[

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