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Summer Organ Academy

July 2-7, 2019, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Registration Opens February 15, 2019

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


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