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Sir Ernest MacMillan Prize Winner Announced
June 11, 2019
By: Lorne Swan
The RCCO is very pleased to announce that M. Jocelyn Lafond is the 2019 winner of the Sir Ernest...
We mourn the loss of Derek Holman and Patrick Wedd
May 22, 2019
By: Lorne Swan
We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Derek Holman and Patrick Wedd, two of Canada’s...


Rachel Joy Brownell was born and grew up in rural Manitoba, moving later to the village of Port McNicoll in the southern Georgian Bay area around the early 1920s. She remained there until her death in 1999. She died just two weeks short of her 103rd birthday. In spite of the isolation in which she lived, she had a positive outlook and was highly motivated to learn and she gladly passed along her skills and knowledge to others. This annual bursary of $300 is given by her son George Brownell and her granddaughter Kathryn Brownell.

Purpose of the Bursary: To expand the musical horizons of organists from isolated communities by allowing them to attend the annual RCCO National festival where no option to do so would otherwise be available.

Qualifying criteria:
-Current member of the College in good standing.
-Preference will be given to applicants who live over 500 km from site of the festival but those who live closer will be considered.
-May hold Service Playing Certificate or CRCCO, but not Associate, Fellow or other post-secondary diplomas or degrees.
-Preference will be given to applicants who have never before attended an RCCO festival.
-Preference will be given to females over the age of 45, but male and younger candidates will be considered.

Deadline for Applications: March 31st each year.

Interested members of the College who qualify should send a letter of application to:

Chair, Scholarships and Busaries, RCCO, 302 - 15 Case Goods Lane, Toronto ON M5A 3C4 or email

Previous recipients:

2003 - Ann Clark
2006 - Rozalija Lukas
2008 - Barbara Neve
2011 - Mirijam Spoelstra
2012 - Freeman Dryden
2015 - Verna Puhalski


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