We are excited to announce OrgelkidsCAN, a project that will introduce a new generation to the wonders and music of the pipe organ!
The Orgelkids program was started in 2009 by Dutch organist Lydia Vroegindeweij to give children an opportunity to learn about, build, and play, a miniature two-rank pipe organ. This program has since spread to Belgium, the United States and now the RCCO is bringing it to Canada. We’re calling our Canadian version of this program OrgelkidsCAN.
The Orgelkids organ is a complete, craftsman-built organ. It arrives in a box that contains all the required parts along with assembly instructions and a complete set of educational materials. During the building phase, which takes about an hour, children learn about the technical aspects of the mechanics of a pipe organ and discover how the sound is created. And, of course, when the organ is built, they play it! When they are done, the kit is disassembled and put back in the box for the next group of children. (Watch how it’s done here https://vimeo.com/166271700)
Our vision is to work with Canadian organ builders to produce 8 travelling kits for use by children in schools, music festivals, science fairs, and museums across the country. To make this vision a reality we need your help. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the RCCO is launching a matching gift fundraising campaign as part of Giving Tuesday. Our goal is to raise $25,000 over the next 30 days. Every donation will help us reach our goal and every donation be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $25,000! We are deeply grateful to the late Kenneth Inkster whose generous bequest is providing the matching funds. As an organist, choir director, and lifelong educator, we know that Dr. Inkster would be pleased that his gift would help to make this project possible.
OrgelKidsCAN is a projection of our new vision statement – inspiring connections with organ music – and reflects our mission to engage more people in the transforming power of the organ and its music. With budget cuts to school music programmes and declining access to music, children need our help more than ever to discover the joy of music. We hope that you will be inspired to help us create this extraordinary opportunity for children to learn about and appreciate the organ and its music.
Donations may be made:
· online by clicking here
· by Visa or Mastercard by calling our
office at 416-929-6400
(toll free 1-800-259-3621)
· by mailing a cheque to:
Royal Canadian College of Organists
202-204 St. George St.,
Toronto, ON M5R 2N5
Charitable tax receipts will be issued for all donations.