RCCO Ottawa Centre
CRCO Section d'Ottawa

PO Box 2270 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5W4

Welcome to the Ottawa Centre of the
Royal Canadian College of Organists

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The 2019-2020 season of Pro Organo has just been announced. The concerts for next season are on the Pro Organo page and you can purchase your season ticket on line or by mail.

The first concert of the season is for organ and flute with Rachel laurin and Claire Marchand. The setails are on the Pro Organo page.


Sunday September 22, 3 pm: A recital event, sponsored by Carleton University at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, will feature the newly-rebuilt Casavant console and introduce the new concert facility.

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There will be a pre-concert talk at 3 pm by Frances Macdonnell, followed by a recital at 4 pm given by Thomas Annand, Ian Bevell, James Calkin, and Jennifer Loveless. Admission free, refreshments following the recital. The event will conclude with an opportunity to tour Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre at 5pm.

This event will also mark the establishment of the Friends of the Pipe Organ Fund as we welcome this beloved instrument back to the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre after a recent restoration made possible through donor support. Through the ongoing generosity of donors, Carleton is committed to preserving this instrument and ensuring that new generations enjoy its sounds filling the sanctuary for years to come.

Further details about repertoire will be announced shortly.

Screening of Pipe Dreams Documentary

Monday Sept 30, 7pm at South Keys Cinema
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Pipe Dreams follows five young organists as they compete in Canada’s prestigious International Organ Competition (CIOC). Who will master the king of instruments and come out victorious in Montreal? Pipe Dreams gives you an inside look into the wonderful world of competitive organ playing. From the quietest tinkling of a bell to the rumble of a locomotive… this is organ playing like you have never heard it before!

To obtain your ticket ($16.00) please visit https://ca.demand.film/pipe-dreams/

More details are in the pdf brochure.

Please note that this is NOT an RCCO event, but is of interest to our members. For this screening to happen, they must sell a minimum of 50 tickets by September 19. They will not charge your credit card until the event threshold of 50 is met.


You may register and pay on line, for the Clergy Organist dinner on October 28, 2019. Registration must be made before October 21, 2019. Details of the dinner are on the Events page

Instructions: Please list the names of all your guests on 1 line separated by a semi colon. The Names of guests line will hold 200 characters. The number of tickets will be selected on the next page.

Clergy-Organist Dinner

$41 per person

Clergy Organist Dinner
Your name and Guests names
Victoria Scott


David Simon picture

Halifax, Nova Scotia

The RCCO’s National Competition in Organ-Playing for 2019 was held in Halifax from July 5-7, 2019, as part of the Halifax Organ Festival.




The Godfrey Hewitt Prize, amounting to $5,000, has been awarded to DAVID SIMON. Read it all in the Prize Winners page.


Stefani Bedin The Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship for 2019, amounting to $5,000, has been awarded to STEFANI BEDIN. Read it all in the Press Release.

Members! Advertise your events

The RCCO Ottawa Centre has a Facebook page where members' events/activities can be posted. Something musical happening in your life? Send your events to: publicity (at) rcco-ottawa (dot) ca and we'll share them on Facebook!


Are you thinking of doing one of the RCCO exams? The Ottawa Centre has decided to offer support for centre members who wish to pursue certification from the RCCO. The Examination Bursary of $200 is intended to be used by the examination candidate to pay for a small number of lessons from a senior organist familiar with the examination requirements and standards. The lessons may be on the topics of the candidates choice (repertoire, practical tests, written tests or ear training) and the Centre can provide recommendations on appropriate teachers with experience of the standards of performance expected for successfully completing RCCO examinations.

To be awarded an Examination Bursary please contact in confidence the Membership Convenor: Donald (dot) Russell (at) rcco-ottawa (dot) ca for the Ottawa Centre. Applications are typically made in the fall. Payment will be made to the applicant after confirmation of registration for an examination has been received.

OrgelkidsCAN Educational Outreach Program

OrgelkidsCAN is an educational program to teach children of ALL ages the mechanics of a pipe organ. It includes a playable organ kit which will take the students approximately 45 minutes to assemble. Details are in this brochure. If you are an educator and would like to investigate using this for your class, please visit the OrgelkidsCAN website.


The Ottawa Centre is offering a complimentary membership to organ students. For full details see: http://rcco-ottawa.ca/schol.html#studentmember

Follow us on our new FACEBOOK page

The Ottawa Centre has a Facebook page. You can follow us at RCCO/CRCO-Ottawa We invite you to 'like' our page and share it with your friends, church etc. Events, concerts, videos etc. will be posted for public consumption. Thanks to Josh Zentner-Barrett (Publicity)for creating and maintaining this page.


Please note that this timeline can be found by selecting Centre Info | Web Archive pages | Ottawa Cente History Timeline on the menu above.

The Centre History kiosk made its debut at Orgelfest 2013. This is an interractive display which places significant events on a timeline. Bill Vineer supplied muich of the content and Rick St Germain put it all together. Click on the graphic below to access this display.

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