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  • 28 June 2023 11:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Day 3 - That's a wrap of day 3!  Some participants got to play in masterclass with Chelsea Chen today. We got some diverse repertoire featuring many different styles.  It's not too late to register to audit for the remaining Lectures and Masterclasses at!  We hope to see you there!

  • 28 June 2023 12:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Day 2 - After a full day of lessons and an amazing Lecture by Aaron James, participants got to enjoy themselves in a at the Jazz Bistro, having food, chatting, and watching our own Faculty's Jeff McLeod do a superb job in performance with his ensemble - The Donnybrook Trio!

  • 27 June 2023 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Celebrate the brilliance and musicianship of five outstanding Canadian organists who will pull out all the stops on Saturday, July 1st at Rosedale Presbyterian church.  Competing for three coveted positions in the finals of the Royal Canadian College of Organists National Organ Competition, the young emerging performing artists hail from Vancouver to Leipzig, and were selected by a panel of experts. Hear, see and experience organ music at its best performed on the Karl Wilhelm tracker-action pipe organ. Don’t miss this prequel to the Toronto Organ Festival as these five competitors dazzle five international judges in front of a live audience. Rosedale Presbyterian Church sponsors the semi-finals in honour of the late Mary Legge, their esteemed longstanding organist. Performances 10:00 am to noon; and 1:30 to 3:00 pm. The lucky three finalists compete in the finals on July 5th at Lawrence Park Community Church from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, a luminous and poignant highlight of the Toronto Organ Festival. Generously sponsored by Lawrence Park Community Church in tribute to the late Mark Toews, their revered, well-loved organist and music director, all three performances comprise the premiere of a work by Toronto-based rising star Rashaan Allwood.  Allwood’s “Miniatures for Mark” was commissioned specially for the competition by David and June Weind. Mark Toews was a distinguished and cherished member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, a former national president who took particular interest in the development of RCCO competitions. A reception following the final competition performances is sponsored by the RCCO Toronto Centre. 

    Admission is free to both competition events, thanks to the generous sponsorship of both churches.

  • 26 June 2023 11:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Day 1 - The Summer Organ Academy has just begun! Participants got a chance to have an orientation and group dinner with the Faculty.  Then, the students immersed themselves in beautiful music performed by our very own Faculty - a very exciting start indeed!

  • 26 June 2023 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today's the day of the Summer Organ Academy All-Star Concert! It's at Rosedale United Church (159 Roxborough Dr, Toronto) at 7:00 pm.  Freewill offering and donations gratefully accepted. Don't miss out on a wonderful and diverse program!  Come enjoy exceptional performances by Chelsea Chen, Isabelle Demers, Aaron Tan, Aaron James, Jonathan Oldengarm, John Paul Farahat, David Simon, and Sarah Svendsen.  There may even be a little surprise at the end!

  • 23 June 2023 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    Earl Clark has been the organist and musical director at Stratford's St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for the last 63 years. On Sunday June 25, he will retire. Watch the CBC news report at here . Earl will be presented with the RCCO Distinguished Service Award at the College Convocation on July 5, 2023.

  • 23 June 2023 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Summer Organ Academy All-Star Concert is just a weekend away!  It's on Monday, June 26, 2023, at 7:00 pm at Rosedale United Church, Toronto. Come watch our faculty perform pieces from a variety of genres (and there may be little surprise at the end)! 

  • 22 June 2023 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In our final Spotlight we are featuring National Organ Competition Semi-Finalist Isaac Howie

    Vancouverite Isaac Howie has always loved making music. A student of piano and composition since early childhood, his musical career has included founding a jazz trio; composing and performing for concert bands; publishing electronic music; and winning awards for solo piano. He entered the University of British Columbia at 15, where he currently studies organ under the mentorship of Professor Michael Dirk. Alongside his pursuit of a BMus, Isaac is Organist at Holy Family Parish in Vancouver; he holds an ARCT in piano and studies harpsichord with Alex Weimann. In 2021, Isaac was division winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choir's Young Composers' Competition. In his spare time, Isaac enjoys building computers and translating Ancient Greek texts.

    The Semi-finals will be held on Saturday July 1st at Rosedale Presbyterian Church, Toronto from 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. Admission is free (donations to the RCCO accepted at the door).

  • 21 June 2023 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Summer Organ Academy All-Star Concert is less than a week away on Monday, June 26, 2023 at 7:00 pm at Rosedale United Church in Toronto! Today’s spotlight falls on Aaron James, Jonathan Oldengarm, and John Paul Farahat.

    On top of performing in this concert, they will each be giving an hour-long lecture on topics ranging from an introduction to the Wolff Organ to French Symphonic Organs to the secret code of registering early 20th-century Casavants! Register to audit Summer Organ Academy Masterclasses and Lectures at

  • 19 June 2023 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just one more week until the Summer Organ Academy begins! It's not too late to sign up for Masterclasses and Lectures.  One of these masterclasses takes place at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto with Aaron Tan on June 30, 2023 at 7 pm.  Register to audit Summer Organ Academy Masterclasses and Lectures at . 


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The Royal Canadian College of Organists

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Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9

Téléphone : 416.929.6400
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