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

Welcome to the Ottawa Centre RCCO website. Please use the menu above to browse our site.

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COVID-19 virus and the RCCO - Otawa Centre

The Ottawa Centre takes the COVID-19 virus seriously and is closely monitoring the situation. We will adhere to the advice of Ottawa's Medical Officer. Event cancellations will be posted here.




Two Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarships, amounting to $5,000 each, have been awarded for 2020 by the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Fund to:

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Samuel Lee began studying organ in Ottawa in 2011 with Karen Holmes. In 2018, still studying with Karen Holmes, he completed the FRCCO diploma, as well as a B.Mus. in Piano Performance at the University of Ottawa with David Jalbert. In 2020, Samuel obtained an M.Mus. in Organ Performance and Church Music at McGill University with Hans-Ola Ericsson. Samuel will begin a Doctoral degree in organ at McGill in September 2020. Stemming from his love for all sorts of instrumental music, he will be studying Edwin Lemare’s transcriptions, his technique, as well as the art of transcription in general. Samuel looks to someday perform orchestral repertoire and chamber music on the organ, as well as creating transcriptions of his own.

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Manuel Giovanni Piazza grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he graduated from the University of Toronto with a BMus in Organ Performance and studied with Dr. John Tuttle. As an undergraduate student, he played in masterclasses led by organists such as Olivier Latry, Dr. William Porter, Stefan Engels, and David Briggs. While in Toronto, he served as choir director and organist at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, organ scholar at Trinity College (University of Toronto), organ scholar at St. James' Anglican Cathedral, and one of the five organists of St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica. From September 2019 to April 2020, he was organ scholar at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall (UK), where he worked with Christopher Gray and Michael Butterfield. In August 2020, he will begin graduate studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, Connecticut.

Messiaen: L'Ascension

Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria

Messiaen: L'Ascension - organist Donald Hunt (Program starts at 5:15)

This meditation of music and words marks both the Feast of the Ascension as well as the one-year anniversary of Patrick Wedd's death. Hunt is a former student of Wedd and the short reflections will be offered by clergy who knew him well throughout his impressive career.

This is a recording of a live stream to hear Messiaen's own organ transcription (1933-1934) of his orchestral masterpiece "l'Ascension," played by Donald Hunt, Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Patrick Wedd (January 4, 1948 - May 19, 2019), pre-eminent Canadian church musician.

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This meditation of music and words marks both the Feast of the Ascension as well as the one-year anniversary of Patrick Wedd's death. Hunt is a former student of Wedd and the short reflections will be offered by clergy who knew him well throughout his impressive career.

Suggested donation to the Patrick Wedd Music Fund at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/5518

Ask an Organ Teacher Live: Repertoire Guide

Join David Enlow For a Workshop on Repertory.

Sat June 13, 2PM on Facebook Live

David will take you through performance issues with particular pieces of repertoire, pointing out common issues and problems, and discussing possible solutions. Then he'll play the full piece incorporating these suggestions.

If you missed previous workshops, you're in luck!

Watch Four Archived Videos!
Topics Discussed:
  • Improvisation
  • Console techniques
  • Hymns Playing I
  • Hymns Playing II

These workshops are sponsored by the AGO.


Geat news! The acclaimed documentary 'Pipe Dreams' is streaming free of charge on CBC Gem. Now's your chance to relive the excitement of the 2017 CIOC!

Unlimited Access to the iRCO Virtual Campus

The Royal College of Organists has announced a number of initiatives to support organists through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recognising that many organists are now looking for ways to use their lockdown time for learning and practice, the College has now opened the full iRCO virtual campus to all organists.

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This means that until 30 June 2020, guest users as well as College members can now access for free more than 300 videos, audio files, papers, articles and other content covering everything from technique to repertoire, performance to professional skills.

Anyone wishing to access iRCO for the first time should visit i.rco.org.uk and register for a guest or member account as appropriate (existing iRCO users should continue to sign in as normal).


We are pleased to announce that the Ottawa Centre can now accept donations of appreciated stock. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for the full value of the stock on the day the donation is received, and you won't pay capital gains on the appreciated value. To donate stocks, please download this form. For further information, contact Frances Macdonnell.


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.

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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.

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. For members who have an event coming up, we can advertise it on our page. Send your information to Publicity. Thanks to Josh Zentner-Barrett 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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