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  • 24 November 2020 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following candidates have been elected to the Board of Directors by acclamation at the Annual General Meeting on October 24, 2020:

    Office   Candidate
    President   Peter Nikiforuk (Waterloo-Wellington ON)
    Vice President

    Chellan Hoffman (Calgary AB)
    Vice President
    Thomas Leslie (Montreal QC)
    Norma Blanchet (Saint John NB)

    Patrick Carter (Hamilton ON)
    Regional Director - Region 1

    Margaret Machum (Halifax NS)
    Regional Director - Region 8

    Sandra Fletcher (Victoria BC)
  • 23 November 2020 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO is pleased to announce the creation of a brand-new online resource -- the Buy & Sell Forum! On the Buy & Sell Forum, anyone can post advertisements for organs or other music-related items that are being offered or sought. This service is offered free of charge and is open to the public. For more information, check out the new webpage here!

  • 19 November 2020 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Honorary Patron ⁦‪Angela Hewitt on receiving the Bach Medal in Leipzig and thank you for your sublime performance of the Goldberg Variations (available online at here.) So much joy and love. Such a gift.

  • 17 November 2020 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The RCCO Hamilton Centre is pleased to announce that renowned organist Matthew Larkin is presenting a virtual concert of the music of Louis Vierne, recorded at the the organ of St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston. Maestro Larkin will also provide commentaries on his selected pieces.

    The virtual concert is available as of this Friday, November 20 at 7:30 PM ET.

    On the program:

    • Symphonie no. 1 op. 14 24 pièces en style libre: Arabesque, Pastorale, Berceuse, Elégie, Carillon
    • Pièces de fantaisie suite no 1 op 51: Prelude
    • Pièces de fantaisie suite no 2 op 53: Hymne au soleil
    • Pièces de fantaisie suite no 4 op 55: Cathédrales
    • Pièces de fantaisie suite no 3 op 54: Carillon de Westminster
    Join on Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.

    Purchase your access to the online concert here.

    Entry is $20. Once you have purchased your ticket, you will receive a link to view the video.

    Good news, if you cannot attend the premiere on Friday, November 20, starting at 7:30 PM ET, the concert can be viewed at any time afterwards. Just use the link above to purchase your access code.

    Help us promote this great concert and pass this information along to your friends. (Just don't give the link to the video for free.)

  • 28 October 2020 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please see below for information from the Hamilton, Toronto and Victoria Centres regarding their upcoming online Halloween concerts:

    Hamilton Centre

    Our Halloween concert is taking place online this year.

    Thanks to several of our dear colleagues, this program is absolutely fantastic.

    Join on October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at

    This is a fundraiser for the 2021 Organ Festival, so please share widely and help with a generous donation.

    Toronto Centre

    Our annual "Phantoms of the Organ" is happening on Friday, October 30th at 8 pm. For more information, visit the Facebook page at

    A YouTube trailer is also available at

    Victoria Centre

    Do you like music from Phantom of the Opera, Star Wars and the famous d-minor organ toccata? We’ve got you covered!

    On Saturday, October 31, 2020 put on your favourite Halloween costume, grab a tasty beverage, some yummy snacks, and then sit down in your favourite comfy chair and join us online (via Facebook) at 6:00pm PDT for a live-streamed Halloween organ concert!

    Eight fabulous organists on 6 different instruments in Alberta and B.C. will perform a variety of “spook-tacular” music suitable for audiences of all ages.

    Check out this live-streamed concert via Facebook at:

    For more information about the Victoria Centre and this event, go to:

    Facebook: Royal Canadian Centre of Organists – Victoria Centre
    Instagram: @rccovictoria
    Twitter: RCCOVictoria

  • 26 October 2020 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the successful 2020 examination candidates! We are very pleased to award the following diplomas:

     Ryan Baxter, ARCCO
     George Langley, CRCCO
     Kristiana Renée Nikkel, CRCCO
  • 26 October 2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with much excitement that we announce the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Prize. Funded by the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation and administered by the RCCO, this prestigious award of $7,500 is given in memory of Canada’s preeminent musician from the 1920s through the 1950s.

    The prize will support the artistic development and career advancement of a young organist; it may be used to assist with travel, a workshop or study program, participation in a festival or competition, or other relevant purposes.

    Candidates should be at an advanced stage of their musical education, under thirty years of age at April 30, 2021, and should hold either Canadian citizenship or permanent residency of Canada. They should also be members of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

    The winner will be selected by recorded audition and references, adjudicated by a jury of representatives from the RCCO and the wider musical world. The jury may withhold its recommendation if it considers no applicant is of sufficiently high artistic standard.

    The application deadline is April 30, 2021.

    Click here for an application form.

    Click here to read more about the Prize.

    Click here for information on the Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation.

  • 02 October 2020 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All members are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Canadian College of Organists / le Collège royal canadien des organists.

    Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020

    Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

    Location: Meeting to be held by teleconference via Zoom (link will be posted on the Members Forum on the RCCO website on October 23, 2020.) 

    The Agenda, Annual Report, Financial Documents and Notice of Motion to confirm the amendment to By-law 3.09 as enacted by the Board of Directors on September 23, 2020 is now available on the Members Discussion Forum page of the RCCO website at (You must be logged in to view the meeting materials.)

    We look forward to seeing you on online on October 24, 2020.
  • 17 September 2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 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 member (Administrator)

    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

    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


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