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Summer Organ Academy

July 2-7, 2019, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Registration Now Open

The Royal Canadian College of Organists is proud to announce the launch of a new, comprehensive training program for beginner to advanced organists!

Open to organists of all abilities, the Summer Organ Academy offers three registration streams:

    • Youth (14-19 years old)
    • Performance
    • Church Organist

The 2019 Academy will include five intensive days of lessons, masterclasses, and seminars with some of Canada’s outstanding organists including Matthew Larkin, Rachel Laurin, Rachel Mahon, Gayle Martin, Sarah Svendsen, Wayne Rogers, and guest lecturers, Robert Hiller and Joachim Segger.  Click here for faculty details.

Offering a wide range of learning opportunities, the Academy includes classes in theory and ear-training, improvisation, organ repertoire, basic organ maintenance, examination preparation, and of course daily practice, in a supportive and inspiring environment! Participants will stay on the beautiful campus of Dalhousie University and experience some of Halifax’s finest organs. Enrollment includes complimentary registration for the Halifax Organ Festival which follows the Academy from July 7-11, 2019.

Youth (14-19 years old) Program   See proposed schedule here.

     • Semi-private lessons with Rachel Mahon or Sarah Svendsen
     • Small group masterclasses, improvisation, seminars
     • Daily theory classes
     • Performance opportunities
     • Organ maintenance workshop
     • Daily practice
     • All meals and accommodation (double occupancy room)
     • Fee: $650.00. Includes complimentary Halifax Organ Festival registration ($200 value)

Performance and Church Organist Programs

 Performance Stream  See proposed schedule here.
      • private lessons with Rachel Laurin and Gayle Martin
 Church Organist Stream   See proposed schedule here.
     •  private lessons with Wayne Rogers, Sarah Svendsen, and Rachel Mahon
 Both Streams
     • Semi-private improvisation lessons
     • Daily classes in ARCCO/FRCCO examination preparation
     • Seminars in organ literature and repertoire, performance classes and masterclasses
     • Organ maintenance workshop
     • A minimum of three hours daily practice
     • Daily church music seminars (Church Organist Program only)
     • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, Welcome Dinner, and accommodation (double occupancy room)
     • Fee: $810.00. Includes complimentary Halifax Organ Festival registration (minimum
             $350 value)

The registration form is available here for download.  Registration is limited - Register NOW!

For more information, please contact Executive Director, Elizabeth Shannon at


Paul Grimwood Scholarship

Purpose of the Award

Awarded annually, the Paul Grimwood Scholarship was established to honour and perpetuate the legacy of Paul Grimwood’s thirty-nine years as Organist and Choirmaster of Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, by nurturing the development of a student organist. An award of up to $500.00 will be granted annually for ten years, beginning in 2018, to a student enrolled in the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Summer Organ Academy.  The intention of the award is to offset costs incurred by the student to attend the Summer Organ Academy.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student organist who demonstrates proficiency in organ playing and a keen interest in further development as an organist.  To qualify, the student must:
     ·   be a Canadian citizen;
     ·   be aged 24 years or less on July 1 in the year of the award;
     ·   be a member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists; and
     ·   attend the Summer Organ Academy in the year of the award.

Application procedure:

 To be considered, applications must include:
     ·   a completed application form available here;
     ·   an essay of no more than 500 words stating why the applicant would like to attend the Summer Organ Academy; and
     ·   two letters of reference, one of which must be from the applicant’s music instructor which will include a statement about the student's level of proficiency in organ playing.

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of the references and the required essay.

Applications must be received by May 31. Send by email to or by mail to:
     Royal Canadian College of Organists,
     414 – 15 Case Goods Lane,
     Toronto, ON M5A 3C4.

Scholarship Funding:

The funds will be disbursed by the RCCO national office upon selection of the successful candidate(s) and not later than the Annual Convocation.


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