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  • 21 May 2021 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The deadline to register for Summer Organ Academy 2021 is coming up on May 31st! Don't miss this amazing opportunity to learn online this summer by registering for one of our three program streams: Youth Organist, Church Organist or ARCCO Examination Preparation. Access to a pipe organ is not required for any of the programs, and students can practice and complete all assignments using a digital organ, piano, or an electric keyboard. Read on for more information on each program!

    Youth Organist

    Dates: July 12 - 16 (from 12:00 PM ET - 3:30 PM ET daily)
    Cost: $320.00
    Lead Instructor: Sarah Svendsen

    This stream is intended for young organists (ages 12-17) seeking knowledge and skill enrichment. Each day of the program includes 2 hours of lectures and masterclasses, 1 hour for collaborative project work, a 10-minute guest performance and 20 minutes of social and Q&A time. Daily topics include intro to improvisation, audience engagement, collaborative projects, jazz improvisation, intro to transcriptions, plus a wide array of repertoire study. Click here for the complete daily outline!


    Church Organist

    Dates: July 19, 21, 26, 28 and August 4 and 6 (from 12:45 PM ET - 2:30 PM ET daily)
    Cost: $250.00
    Lead Instructor: Valerie Hall

    This stream is intended for the community organist seeking professional development, and is aimed at the playing level of the Service Playing Examination. Daily topics include technique, registration, accompanying, score interpretation, the digital church, and music and liturgy. The complete daily outline is available here. Each day includes 90 minutes of class time plus 15 minutes to chat with your instructor and fellow students. Participants are also invited to submit up to 4 videos to be viewed by the instructor, with one video from each participant being screened during the academy.


    ARCCO Examination Preparation

    Dates: July 20, 22, 27, 29 and August 3 and 5 (from 2:00 PM ET - 3:30 PM ET daily)
    Cost: $250.00
    Lead Instructor: Aaron James

    This stream is intended for undergraduate or advanced high school organists who are seeking training geared towards the ARCCO exam, particularly keyboard skills and improvisation. Taught by the Chair of the RCCO's Examinations Committee, Aaron James, daily topics include practice strategies, pipe organ anatomy, open score reading, applied keyboard skills, organ history, careers, and a broad array of repertoire study. The complete daily outline is available here. Each day includes 90 minutes of class time and 15 minutes for socializing. Participants are also invited to submit 5 “homework assignments” as short videos which will be viewed by the instructor. The instructor will hold virtual office hours each week where students can receive individual and hands-on feedback on their work.


  • 10 May 2021 12:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO is hiring two temporary, part-time positions through the Canada Summer Jobs program.* It is expected that the successful candidates will be working remotely. The application deadline for both positions is May 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET. Please click on the job titles below for full job descriptions and application instructions:

    Administrative Coordinator

    Marketing Coordinator

    *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.

  • 03 May 2021 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO is delighted to announce that 6 talented young organists have been selected to compete in the 2021 National Organ Playing Competition (NOPC).

    Please join us in supporting these talented young organists. Thanks to the generous pledges of several supporters of the NOPC, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar to help us reach our fundraising goal. Click here for more information.

  • 16 April 2021 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that registration for Organ Festival Canada: Hamilton, 2021 is now open! This year's Festival takes place online from August 8-13. The Festival's dynamic programme features world-class organists, award-winning choirs, engaging clinicians, and chances to socialize with colleagues.

    Please visit to read more about this year's programme and register.

  • 09 April 2021 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are deeply saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and extend our heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family. Prince Philip devoted his life to duty, volunteerism, and service and will be remembered for the establishment of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, a world-wide program to encourage and recognize the achievements of youth the world over including more than 500,000 Canadians.

  • 09 April 2021 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2020-2021 membership renewal period is now open! Renew before May 31 to ensure you get the most out of the membership year. Please note that external memberships and magazine subscriptions are only available until May 31.

    For detailed instructions on renewing your membership online, please click here.
  • 08 April 2021 11:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Featuring an innovative new curriculum that will be delivered entirely virtually, this year's Academy offers a wide range of learning opportunities in three programs of study:

    • Young Organist, July 12-16, 3 hours per day (for the experienced organist ages 12-17)
    • ARCCO Examination Preparation, July 20 - August 5, 6 x 90 min. sessions
    • Church Organist, July 19 - August 6, 6 x 90 min. sessions (includes preparation for the Service Playing Certificate)

    Regular access to an organ is not required. Participants will submit pre-recorded performances for masterclasses and can complete all exercises at a piano or electric keyboard. Click here to read the full details and register!

  • 09 March 2021 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alison Clark, long-time member of the RCCO, was honored to play the organ for Walter Gretzky's funeral this past Saturday, March 6, 2021. Alison's playing can be heard at the 1:39 mark in the below video.

  • 22 February 2021 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The mandated piece for the final round of the National Organ Playing Competition has now been announced as organ fantasia 'Our Hope for a Better Tomorrow' by composer John Laing.

    Click here to read the composer's note on the work and view an excerpt of the piece.

    Click here to read the specifications of the organs that will be used in the competition.

    The above information is also available anytime on the National Competition page, as well as instructions on how to register to participate in this year's Competition.

    We gratefully acknowledge the support of the SOCAN Foundation in the commissioning of this year's mandated piece.

  • 17 February 2021 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On April 24, 2021 the Royal College of Organists will be hosting interNational Organ Day, an online celebration of organists as one global family. The event will be webcast live from London, UK and will feature live performances, celebrity guests and a series of videos submitted by organists around the world showing what it means to be an organist in their country, region or town.

    If you would like to submit a video about yourself as a Canadian organists for interNational Organ Day 2021, please click here for tips on making a recording and instructions on sending in your submission!


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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