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Ottawa ON K1P 5W4
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COVID-19 virus and the RCCO - Ottawa Centre

Please check each event listing to see the COVID protocols in place for that event. We will follow the advice of Ottawa's Medical Officer and follow the procedures required by the various venues. We will try to have any protocols posted a week in advance.


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The Pro Organo Fundraising Gala was a huge success in spite of the Queensway closure.

Now that the Gala Fund-Raising Recital to raise funds for the Pro Organo Recital Series is over, here is the final financial outcome. This was the concert held on October 2, 2022, in the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, after it had been postponed from the original date of March 22, 2020 because of the pandemic. Here is a breakdown of the amounts raised since January 2020 when the RCCO, Ottaws Centre, first announced this fund-raising project.

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$8,071 donated from January 2020 to the postponement of the original concert ten weeks later in March 2020
$550 donated between March 23, 2020 and December 31, 2020 - a pandemic year
$4,400 donated in 2021 - still a pandemic year
$4,100 donated in 2022 up to September 30
$3,490 donated on the day of the concert, October 2, 2022, some in person, some through the website for a total of $20,611!

The additional cash received at the door on the day of the concert brings the total up to $21,300! Had the Queensway not been closed on the day of the concert, the cash at the door would have been even higher! - but we really want to thank all of you who braved your way downtown in spite of the closed roads to attend and support the concert!

During this same period, an additional amount of $7,000 was also received for Pro Organo though without a direct connection to the fund-raising - most of that was a single bequest - and so Pro Organo is farther ahead by $28,300 than it was before the pandemic! Since Pro Organo sometimes loses several thousand dollars a year in operational terms, this should keep it going for a number of years! Knowing that the Recital Series is financially back in good shape again is a great comfort to us all - thank you, everyone!

We particularly want to thank the artists, Matthew Larkin and Shawn Potter, who played so beautifully on the day, and of course Rachel Laurin who was to have been one of the featured artists in 2020 but who was not available this October. We also want to thank Carleton University who most helpfully co-sponsored the event. And we also want to reiterate our thanks to all of you, people who love organ music, who have so faithfully supported Pro Organo and its work for thirty-five years! Thank you again for all your constant support.

Many thanks to those who came to help at the door on the day - Bob Jones, Heather Rice, Gilles Leclerc, Mai-yu Chan, Ross Jewell, Don and Suzanne Marjerrison, and several others. And of course our thanks go always to Karen Holmes who has so successfully managed Pro Organo for so many years.

All this money the Centre has now raised will keep Pro Organo on a stable financial footing for the next few years; thank you all again for your support. See you at the upcoming Pro Organo concert, when Aaron Tan will be playing at Paroisse St-Clement (Église Ste-Anne) on Monday November 14 at 7.30 pm.
Frances Macdonnell


Did you miss the 2022 Student Recital? You can view it here until the end of January.


The 2022 Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship of $6,000 has been awarded to Maria Gajraj. For details, see this Press Release.


St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, PICTON ON

St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in Picton, ON, is searching for a MUSIC DIRECTOR.

The position is about 10 hours per week with compensation following RCCO guidelines, and the start date is flexible. We are blessed with a beautiful Casavant pipe organ and a wonderful Yamaha grand piano. Both instruments are in excellent condition.

The Music Director is responsible for providing organ or piano accompaniment for services on Sunday mornings and other special occasions, as well as directing our church choir and leading one midweek choir rehearsal. Flexibility in musical style (traditional and more modern) is desirable.

For more information and to apply for this position, please contact Kathy Condie at kjcondie2@gmail.com


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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