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John Goss Scholarship
March 22, 2020
By: Lorne Swan
The application form for the 2020 John Goss Scholarship is now available.  Please note that the...
Victoria 2020 Festival and Organ Academy CANCELLED
March 21, 2020
By: Lorne Swan
We regret that due to the ongoing global health crisis Organ Festival Canada - Victoria 2020, as...

Summer Organ Academy

We regret that due to the ongoing global health crisis, the 2020 Summer Organ Academy has been cancelled. Every day we learn more about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and there is much uncertainty about what the next weeks and months will bring. Recent developments suggest that it will be several months before we are out the other side of this. We were very excited about the Academy and are deeply disappointed to have to take this action, but after much thoughtful discussion and consultation, we have concluded that it is not viable to proceed.

 

For those who have already registered for the Academy and paid any fees, you can expect to receive a refund in the coming days. Please contact Executive Director, Elizabeth Shannon at execdirector@rcco.ca.

 

Our next Academy will be held in Hamilton in July, 2021. We hope you will join us then.

 

These are challenging times but we will get through it together. Stay well, be kind, and take care of each other.

 

 

July 1-6, 2020   Victoria, British Columbia - CANCELLED

 

 The Royal Canadian College of Organists is proud to announce the 2020 Summer Organ Academy.

Offering a wide range of learning opportunities, the Summer Organ Academy is a comprehensive training program for beginner to advanced organists. Participants study with acclaimed organists while developing advanced musicianship skills in an intensive program of organ lessons, improvisation lessons, masterclasses, seminars, theory and ear-training, and scheduled daily practice.

We are thrilled to welcome Jean-Willy Kunz, Patricia Wright, Christian Lane, Jonathan Oldengarm, Mark McDonald and David Stratkauskas as this year’s organ instructors and Nicholas Fairbank, Michael Jarvis and Timothy Pyper as guest clinicians.

New This Year! Introduction to the Harpsichord, Alexander Technique Workshop and tickets to Air and Hammers: Maxine Thévenot and Edmund Connolly, and Holst’s “The Planets”: Mark McDonald.

Participants will stay on the beautiful campus of the University of Victoria and experience some of Victoria’s finest organs.

The Summer Organ Academy offers three registration streams in an inspiring and supportive environment:

Youth (14-18 years old) Program   See proposed schedule here.

·         Semi-private lessons with Christian Lane
·         Semi-private improvisation lessons with Jonathan Oldengarm
·         Daily theory classes (instructor TBA)
·         Performance opportunities
·         Introduction to the Harpsichord with Michael Jarvis
·         Alexander Technique workshop with Tim Pyper
·         Choral Conducting (instructor TBA)
·         Scheduled daily practice
·         All meals and accommodation (double occupancy room)
Fee: $650.00

 Performance Program   See proposed schedule here.

·         Private lessons with Jean-Willy Kunz
·         Semi-private improvisation lessons with Jonathan Oldengarm
·         Daily classes in ARCCO/FRCCO examination preparation with Nicholas Fairbank
·         Performance opportunities
·         Introduction to the Harpsichord with Michael Jarvis
·         Alexander Technique workshop with Tim Pyper
·         Scheduled daily practice
·         Welcome dinner, all breakfasts and accommodation (double occupancy room)
Fee: $810.00

Church Organist Program    See proposed schedule here.

·         Private lessons with Patricia Wright, Mark McDonald or David Stratkauskas.
·         Semi-private improvisation lessons with Jonathan Oldengarm
·         Daily classes in ARCCO/FRCCO examination preparation
·         Organ maintenance workshop
·         Church music seminars
·         Performance opportunities
·         Introduction to the Harpsichord with Michael Jarvis
·         Alexander Technique workshop with Tim Pyper
·         Choral Conducting (instructor TBA)
·         Scheduled daily practice
·         Welcome dinner, all breakfasts and accommodation (double occupancy room)
Fee: $860.00

The registration form is available here for download.  Registration is limited – early registration is recommended!

For more information, please contact Executive Director, Elizabeth Shannon at execdirector@rcco.ca.

 

ORGAN FESTIVAL CANADA REGISTRATION (JULY 6-9, 2020)

All Academy participants are invited to attend Organ Festival Canada which directly follows the Academy. Participants enrolled in full-time secondary or post-secondary education programs are eligible for complimentary registration. Other Academy participants are eligible for the special reduced rate of $200 using the “Student – valid ID” rate (no ID required for Academy students). For more details, visit https://www.rccovictoria2020.ca/registration.

 

 

Paul Grimwood Scholarship

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 form available here.

 

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