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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). We are thrilled to announce that we are working with internationally acclaimed Canadian organ builders, Orgues Létourneau, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, where 8 orgelkits are currently in production.
Our vision is 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.
Our fundraising efforts began with a Giving Tuesday campaign and we are deeply grateful to all the donors who responded so generously to that campaign. Although we did not reach our target, their support has helped us to officially launch the OrgelkidsCAN project while fundraising continues.
If you are already among our supporters, we thank you! If not, please consider joining our growing circle of supporters. We are grateful for donations of all sizes – every donation will help us reach our goal and every donation up to $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to the generosity of a bequest from the late Kenneth Inkster. 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.