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Annual General Meeting reconvenes November 22
October 28, 2019
By: Lorne Swan
NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Canadian College of Organists...
Job Opportunity - RCCO Office Administrator
October 28, 2019
By: Lorne Swan
The Royal Canadian College of Organists seeks an experienced Office Administrator to provide...

Summer Organ Academy - July 2-7, 2019, Halifax, Nova Scotia



Performance and Church Organist Programs: ARCCO Theory, FRCCO Theory
Youth, Performance and Church Organist Programs:  Improvisation Lessons

One of Canada's most accomplished liturgical musicians, Matthew Larkin is well-known as concert organist, choral and orchestral conductor, composer and arranger, and educator. He has held a number of distinguished posts in Canada, appearing as recitalist and guest artist throughout North America, the United Kingdom, western Europe, and China. Currently, he is the Artistic Director of Ottawa's Caelis Academy Ensemble, and maintains a busy schedule of recital and concert work. Matthew is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and is a member of the College's Examinations Committee.




Performance Program: Organ Lessons, Masterclass
Seminars: Church Music Liturgical Playing, Organ Music Topic (TBD)

Rachel laurin leads a dual international career as a concert organist and a very prolific composer. She devotes herself to composition, recitals, master-classes and lectures.  She has performed organ recitals in major cities in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has made more than twelve recordings, including two CDs devoted to her own compositions. Rachel Laurin has served as “house composer” at Wayne Leupold Editions since 2006. She is also an “Associate Composer” of the Canadian Music Centre since 1989.  She has composed more than a hundred works for various solo instruments and ensembles. Her published compositions are recognized internationally and have been performed and recorded on the five continents.  Rachel Laurin has been a member of the “Comité d’Honneur de la Fédération Francophone des Amis de l’Orgue” (FFAO) since 2016.



Youth Program: Organ Lessons, Playing Classes, Masterclass
Church Organist Program: Organ Lessons
Seminar: Church Music Liturgical Playing

Rachel Mahon is Assistant Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral in the UK, where she works with the Cathedral Choir and curates the organ recital series. Prior to this she was Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral (UK) and Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral in London, England, where she gave recitals and regularly played and conducted for services, working with the world-famous Cathedral Choir in the daily cycle of worship as well as services of national significance.  Past and upcoming recital engagements include an opening concert for the Montreal Symphony; RCCO National Convention 2016; Orgelsommer Festivals 2016 & 2017, St Michaelis Church, Lϋneburg, Germany; St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City; The Toronto Bach Festival 2018; Haderslev Cathedral, Denmark; Trinity College, Cambridge, UK; and the John Hill Organ Series 2019, St Lawrence Jewry, London.  Rachel has won numerous awards and competitions in Canada, including a coveted graduating scholarship from the University of Toronto and the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship from the RCCO. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with John Tuttle. In 2014, she was named one of the top 30 musicians under 30 in Canada by the CBC.



Performance Program: Organ Lessons

Gayle Martin is University Organist at Mount Allison University and teaches organ performance, aural skills, choral conducting, introduction to conducting, and music history. She also directs the Elliott Chorale and Choral Society, and coaches the early music group Opella Nova.  Dr. Martin holds a B.Mus. (Crane School of Music, SUNY, Potsdam), M.Mus. (McGill University) and D.Mus. (University of Alberta). Further studies followed with a three-year stay in France, where she was organist at the American Cathedral in Paris and lived in the cathedral tower. She received a premier prix à unanimité from the Conservatoire de Rueil Malmaison, studying under the tutelage of renowned organists Jean Langlais and Susan Landale.  Martin has recorded six CD's, has accompanied numerous choral groups and serves regularly as an adjudicator for festivals and competitions. She plays continuo for Sacabuche; most recently with the Houston Chamber Choir. Other performances with Sacabuche have included Macau, Hong Kong, British Colombia and Minnesota.



Church Organist: Organ Lessons
Seminar: Church Music Liturgical Playing

Wayne Rogers is Organ Instructor at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. and an examiner (piano and voice) with Conservatory Canada and Mount Allison University Local Centre Examinations. He is also the Minister of Music at St. Matthew’s United Church, Halifax, where he conducts the Church Choir, AcabellA [Handbell Choir] and The Lunch Bunch.  Mr. Rogers’ early music training began in St. John’s NL and continued at Mount Allison University in organ performance and music education. Graduate studies in organ and voice at Boston University and the University of Western Ontario earned him a Master of Music degree in music literature and performance.  Mr. Rogers was part-time lecturer in the Department of Music at Mount Allison University and until 2011 was an active examiner for Royal Conservatory of Music. Mr. Rogers conducted EnChor East from 2008-2018 and Seton Cantata Choir from 2008-2013, including a performance at Festival 500, St. John's, NL in July 2013. He has taught music at elementary school level and was Director of Music, Memorial University of Newfoundland Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, NL. Former church music positions include Organist and Choirmaster at First United Church, Corner Brook and Minister of Music at Trinity United Church, New Glasgow.



Youth Program: Organ Lessons, Playing Classes, Masterclass
Church Organist Program: Organ Lessons
Seminar: Organist Injury Prevention Seminar

Past laureate of the Royal Canadian College of Organist’s (RCCO) National Organ Playing Competition, organist Sarah Svendsen is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and co-founder of/performer in Organized Crime Duo. Sarah is a Nova Scotia native, and has performed in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. In September of 2016, Sarah made her symphonic debut as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), for which her playing was reviewed to be "greatly virtuosic" by Chronicler musical, La Liberté. Svendsen has recorded for the CBC’s Youtube and Radio platforms.  Sarah is an avid supporter of organ education. She serves on the RCCO National Strategic Planning Committee as well as the RCCO National Communications Committee, and is a 2018/2019 RCCO Traveling Clinician. She is an adjudicator and and an organ instructor, and she is also heavily involved in the organization of the RCCO's annual Summer Organ Academy. Sarah is a regular guest artist for Toronto DARE Arts, which is an inner-city arts education program. She is also well-known for giving child-friendly educational organ outreach concerts and workshops. Her primary research field focuses on organ pedagogy and the promotion of healthy musculoskeletal playing in organists.



Robert Hiller

Youth Program: Intro to the Organ Workshop
Performance and Church Organist Programs: Intro to Emergency Organ Maintenance Workshop

Joachim Segger

Church Organist Program: Liturgical Playing Seminar

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