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  • 23 March 2023 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Semi-Finalists are:

    Joshua Ehlebracht

    Isaac Howie

    Martin Jones

    Owen Spicer

    Alexander Straus-Fausto

    Our thanks to the Preliminary Round Judges:

    Wendy Markosky

    Michelle Martin-Atwood

    David Palmer

    The Semi-final round will take place on  Saturday, July 1, 2023 at Rosedale Presbyterian Church, Toronto at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm, with the Final round being held on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at Lawrence Park Community Church at 2:00 pm
  • 24 February 2023 1:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are very saddened to share the news that Thomas Fitches, long-time member and Chair of the Historic Organ Committee, has passed away.

    The following is a message from The Rev. Andrew Federle, Rector of St. Clement's Church, Toronto, where Tom served as Music Director until 2015:

    It is with sadness that I share with you news of the death of Tom Fitches. 

    I received word late this morning and have spoken personally with Tom’s family. Tom died at home, having felt unwell the last few days. Tom’s expressed wish was to be buried in the courtyard of St. Clement’s, and details regarding his funeral service will be shared widely once finalized. 

    Tom served St. Clement’s as Director of Music for 42 years, retiring in 2015. The bell in our belltower is named, “Faithful Tom,” for this man who embodied this particular fruit of the Spirit so wholeheartedly. 

    Despite a cancer diagnosis, Tom continued to serve, play, and teach in churches throughout the city, most recently at Grace Church on-the-Hill. Tom remained Organist Emeritus of St. Clement’s, joining us as recently as last summer for a month of Sundays.  

    The news of Tom’s death arrived on Ash Wednesday - a day on which our bodies are marked and our souls claimed: “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 

    Yet even at the grave we make our song. We share with you Henry Purcell’s Hear my prayer, recorded live at our Ash Wednesday service yesterday evening. Dedicated to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Tom Fitches.  (Link to video here)

    Yours truly in Christ,

    The Rev. Andrew Federle


    St. Clement’s Church, Toronto

  • 09 February 2023 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Production of the RCCO's Organist Launchpad professional development video series is well underway, and we already have lots of great material! Here are some pics from the session with Cadence Brassard and Rashaan Allwood:

  • 02 February 2023 2:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Organ Competition Application

    Deadline Extended to February 15, 2023 Apply Now!

  • 25 January 2023 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cadence Brassard and Rashaan Rori Allwood (composer of the commissioned organ work for the 2023 National Organ Competition) were recently featured on the TVOKids show Backyard Beats. Check it out here:

  • 16 December 2022 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Position: Project Manager 

    Position Summary: 

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) is seeking an experienced short-term Project Manager to plan and coordinate the development of a series of professional development videos for organists. The successful candidate will work closely with the Executive Director and collaboratively with the technical production team as well as a wide variety of project participants. 

    Key Duties: 

    • coordinate the planning, logistics and execution of the video series
    • collaborate with the production team to ensure production needs are met  
    • communicate and coordinate with external parties including guest presenters and venue personnel 
    • create production schedule and monitor project progress  
    • create marketing plan and promotional materials and manage marketing activities 
    • identify and resolve issues that arise 
    • ensure that project is delivered on time within the stipulated budget
    • ensure that project outcomes meet expectations 
    • create and maintain project documentation and prepare status reports 
    • submit project evaluation at conclusion of project

    Skills and Qualifications: 

    • exceptional verbal and written communication skills 
    • highly proficient management skills 
    • self-motivated, effective in a team setting and individually 
    • superior time-management skills 
    • ability to monitor and control project budgets
    • relevant project management related experience 

    Organizational Profile: 

    Founded in 1909, the RCCO is the national voice of the organ and its music across Canada. Our vision is: Inspiring connections with organ music. We support, promote and celebrate Canada’s organ music community by providing learning opportunities, resources, outreach and professional development opportunities through our programs and services. We seek to enrich the lives of Canadians by engaging the wider public in Canada’s rich organ heritage and vibrant organ culture. The RCCO is committed to providing greater access to the organ and its music through technological innovations that can enhance its reach and actively engage Canadians of all genders, ethnicities, age, abilities, or geographic location, in the art of the organ.

    Additional Information: 

    Terms: 15 hours per week for 16 weeks 

    Wage: $35 per hour   

    Start Date: As soon as possible and not later than January 9, 2023  

    Location: The successful candidate will be working remotely 

    Application Deadline: December 30, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. 

    How to Apply: 

    Interested candidates are invited to submit a résumé and cover letter, (combined in a single PDF) to Elizabeth Shannon, Executive Director, at Please indicate “Project Manager” in the subject line of the email. Deadline to apply is December 30, 2022 at 5:00 pm. 

    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.

  • 25 November 2022 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's not too late!

    The RCCO Gala Organ Concert is tonight, 7:30pm, November 25, 2022 at St. Basil's Catholic Parish, 50 St. Joseph St., Toronto

    Tickets are still available at the door.

    We hope to see you there!

  • 18 November 2022 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Gala Organ concert is fast approaching - less than a week to go!

    This week, we are featuring our final Gala Organ Concert Artist - Manuel Piazza (First Place 2021 RCCO National Organ Competition, 2020 Godfrey Hewitt Scholarship).

    Hear him play a section of the Duruflé Suite pour orgue, Op. 5:

    Manuel Piazza_Duruflé_Promo_RCCO.mp4

    Manuel will be performing at our Gala Organ Concert, Friday November 25, 2022, 7:30pm

    St. Basil's Catholic Church, 50 St. Joseph St, Toronto

    Tickets are still available at the door.


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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