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  • 19 June 2020 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    Looking for some new high-quality online performances this summer? Organ Festival Canada has taken to the clouds for its four-concert mini-festival this July, with events coming from Victoria and Vancouver.

    Each live-streamed concert will be professionally recorded and beautifully filmed to show this great instrument in its best light, from multiple angles. Presentations range from a short premiere by beloved west-coast composer, Denis Bédard (10 minutes), to an hour-long transcription of Holst’s “The Planets.”

    The concerts are centred around four universal themes -- Earth, Heavens, Creation, and Navigation -- and feature acclaimed organists Denis Bédard, Donald Hunt, Mark McDonald and David Stratkauskas.

    We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, BC, Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, BC and St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Victoria, BC for their assistance in the production of these performances.

    Full Program

    Monday, July 6, 7:30pm EDT
    "Earth": Widor's 5th Symphony
    Donald Hunt, organ

    Charles-Marie Widor is the grandfather of the Organ Symphony. From the evocative snapshots in this work’s opening theme and variations to the cavernous Toccata which concludes it, this 35-minute work has something for everyone on earth. Presented in partnership with Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria.

    Tuesday, July 7, 7:30pm EDT
    "Navigation": Kim Farris-Manning's MAP; gest
    David Stratkauskas, organ

    "The fundamental problem of maps is that the earth is a sphere and that paper is flat." A similar quandary exists with musical scores, as with anything that lies on the border of imagination and representation; the danger being that if you write down a lie, it might look like the truth. Kim Farris-Manning explores these questions in her improvisatory soundscape.

    Wednesday, July 8, 7:30pm EDT
    "Creation": Bédard plays Bédard
    Denis Bédard, organ

    Join Denis Bédard as he premieres his own composition, Fantasia alla marcia, commissioned by Organ Festival Canada to honour the composer in his 70th birthday year. 

    Thursday, July 9, 7:30pm EDT
    "Heavens": Holst's The Planets
    Mark McDonald, organ

    Originally composed for a full symphony orchestra between 1914 and 1916, this English composer’s magnum opus has been transcribed for one musician and thousands of pipes by Peter Sykes. Prize-winning organist Mark McDonald gives a performance that is out of this world! Presented in partnership with Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria.

    Admission is free or by donation.

    Click here to access the streams.

    Please click here if you would like to make a donation.

  • 15 June 2020 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    Are you fascinated by organs and contemporary organ music?

    Are you personable and well-spoken?

    Want to host a podcast?

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists is seeking a charismatic, informed, musically open-minded and highly professional host for its new Future Stops Podcast, which will explore the 21st century organ experience in all of its dimensions.

    The Future Stops Podcast will focus on innovation, collaboration and experimentation in relation to the organ and will aim to reach both existing and new audiences for contemporary organ music.

    If you’d like to be considered for this paid part-time position, and can commit a highly focused 10 - 12 hours per month to it, then please send us the following:

    • a brief (no more than 10 minutes) sample audio interview of someone (music-related but not necessarily organ-related) that gives us a taste of the style and substance you would bring to the role of host
    • links to your personal and/or professional social media profiles (if available) and a brief description of your familiarity with social media marketing and online community management (optional)
    • a CV and brief bio
    • a text of up to 500 words that briefly describes:
    • your interpretation of the phrase The 21st Century Organ Experience
    • your range of experience with contemporary music
    • your knowledge of organs, organ music and the organ community
    • any professional technical or journalistic experience you have that would equip you to produce the podcast (optional)
    • why you would like to host this podcast

    The successful candidate:

    • will have a spirit of partnership and will genuinely want to work with Future Stops to deliver an amazing, world-class, audience-first show
    • understands the craft of storytelling and the role of the interviewer
    • knows how to listen, is curious, fast on their feet and comfortable going off-script, improvising and challenging guests if needed

    * Demonstrated ability or experience working in audio is an asset.

    Please email your application to Elizabeth Shannon at execdirector@rcco.ca no later than July 3, 2020.

    We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    The Royal Canadian College of Organists is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.

  • 12 June 2020 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    Citations of the 2020 Honorary Awards recipients are now available for viewing on the Honorary Awards page, or by clicking here. Congratulations to all of our recipients!

  • 11 June 2020 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    The troubling events of the last several weeks have highlighted the issues of inequality for Indigenous, Black and other minority groups in Canada.  We, at the Royal Canadian College of Organists, stand against systemic racism and all forms of discrimination and are immediately looking at our own organization and its operations to determine what concrete steps we can take to support a just and equal Canadian society.

    Rick Morgan and Peter Nikiforuk

  • 09 June 2020 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    The RCCO has partnered with Sarah Svendsen to assist her in her Doctoral research project to study the impact of organ playing on musculoskeletal health as well as the workplace characteristics experienced by organists through an occupational health lens. Please see below from a message from Sarah. 

    To the members of the Royal Canadian College of Organists

    My name is Sarah Svendsen and I am a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto. My dissertation will involve ground-breaking research examining musculoskeletal injuries experienced by organists of all levels.

    In partnership with the RCCO, a survey is being made available to you at this time. ALL organists are encouraged to complete this survey (including those who may not have experienced injury). In accordance with privacy laws, all information is confidential. The online survey program ensures that anonymity is provided at all steps and that I, as researcher, will never see from whom or where the information originates.

    The results of this survey have potentially wide-reaching implications, including informing occupational injury prevention practice for student organists, teachers, and places of employment. Along these lines, my immediate intentions for the use of the survey results are to inform organist training programs and to inform churches about organist workplace health and safety in context. Upon completion of my dissertation, the RCCO will provide me with an opportunity for to present my findings to the membership.

    Final date to take survey: July 1, 2020

    Thank you in advance for your participation! 

    Sarah Svendsen

    To take the survey, please check your inbox for an email from the RCCO sent on June 6 (subject: Pipe Organist Playing Injuries Survey), which contains a link. If you cannot find this email, please let us know by emailing info@rcco.ca and we will resend it.

  • 05 June 2020 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    To enable RCCO members who work with choirs to remain informed of current research on the impact of COVID-19, the Professional Development committee offers the following online resources which draw upon current scientific research and best practices.

    Please note that these external resources are offered for the information of members and are not endorsed by the RCCO.

    A Rapid Evidence Report prepared by the Alberta Health Services, COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group.
    Prepared by Dr Heather Nelson, an American church musician and expert in vocal health. The site provides regular updates and links to many additional studies and resources.

    Extensive resources prepared by the European Choral Association.

  • 05 May 2020 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    This is a challenging time for many professional organists and church musicians. Current restrictions on public gatherings due to the Covid-19 crisis have resulted in cancelled concerts and suspended church services, in turn causing significant financial hardship for many College members.  

    In response to this unprecedented situation the federal government is providing financial relief in the form of the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) program. To find out if you are eligible and to apply please visit the CERB website at www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html .

    A number of provinces currently provide additional financial assistance.  To find out more, please visit the websites below, or contact your provincial or territorial ministry of labour. 

    Wash hands. Stay safe, stay well. Keep fingers nimble! 

  • 07 April 2020 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Colleagues:

    I hope you are staying home and remaining healthy and finding many things to do at home which would never get done otherwise! We continue in unprecedented and unsettling times and we realize some members are facing very real professional and financial challenges. Even our ability to do some extra practising has, in many cases, come to an end, as churches lock down completely. I have unfortunately recently heard of the death of one member in Victoria as a result of COVID-19. It brings this crisis very close to home.

    The RCCO office is still operating with Elizabeth Shannon and Hayley Raymond working from home and enabling the organization to carry on as much as possible. Peter Nikiforuk is going to offer some resources that support on-line teaching, as many of you are now doing that. We are looking for other resources which we may be able to provide. Our RCCO examinations have been postponed until later in the year. 

    It is important for the organization to find ways to be supportive of the membership. In response to member’s concerns, and in consultation with our Vice-presidents, Secretary and Executive Director, we are temporarily suspending the membership renewal deadline. If you are able to renew your membership by May 31, that is great and appreciated, but be assured that no current member will be removed from RCCO membership for non-payment of annual dues, until further notice. The one caveat is that if you are renewing a subscription to a publication, that subscription renewal must be received by May 31. Renewing a “subscription only” cannot be done on-line. To renew a subscription please call or email the national office by May 31 for uninterrupted delivery.

    We will proceed with our election process as planned. We are obligated to comply with our bylaws and it is important for the organization to fill vacant board positions in order to carry on its operations.

    We are all looking forward to our lives returning to normal as soon as possible. In the meantime, make the most of your changed reality and know that the RCCO is concerned for your safety and well-being. Why not call another member this week to check on how they are doing and have a chat? This kind of contact means a lot.

    Take care.

    Rick Morgan

    National President
    Royal Canadian College of Organists

  • 01 April 2020 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    Due to the present COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Examiners has decided to suspend the current session of RCCO examinations. They will be rescheduled after the pandemic's resolution, hopefully in the fall.

  • 22 March 2020 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    The application form for the 2020 John Goss Scholarship is now available.  Please note that the deadline for receiving applications has been extended to April 30, 2020.  New this year is the provision for study under the scholarship may take place either within or outside of Canada.  For full details and the application form, click here.

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