RCCO Ottawa Centre
CRCO Section d'Ottawa

PO Box 2270 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5W4
2017-2018 SEASON

Events will be posted as soon as I receive the information.


Again this year there will be educational workshops organized by Frances Macdonnell (Education Committee). The main centre programme will also include a number of educational events. Workshops organized by the Education Committee are shown with a green title as above, and green bar down the side as in this text.

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Frances Macdonnell

A series of six workshops - September 2017 to May 2018

First workshop
303-3099 Carling Ave
Sat, September 30, 2017
10 am - noon

In June 2017, Ottawa Centre member Elizabeth Brown passed the RCCO’s Choir Training Certificate Examination, as several other candidates have before. I will again offer another series of educational workshops this year to prepare interested members for next spring’s exams. It’s not a very difficult exam and is open to every member of the RCCO who has a little experience in working with choirs.

In this exam, candidates demonstrate their ability to plan a church choir programme, direct a short choir practice, answer some straightforward written questions on choir management and choral planning, write some simple harmony, and do some easy ear tests. The outcome of this examination is a Certificate of Proficiency in Choir Training.

The first of these workshops will be held on Saturday September 30 at Frances’s apartment, 303- 3099 Carling Avenue, from 10 am until noon. This location is on Carling Avenue just west of Bayshore Drive; there is a large visitors’ parking lot directly in front of the building.

Dates for future workshops through the year will be planned when it is established how many members are interested in participating. For further information, please e-mail Frances Macdonnell, or call 613-726-7984. It would be good to know approximately how many members are coming to the first workshop, so that there will be enough copies of the hand-outs.

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KS on the Keys
1029 Dazé St, Ottawa
(Near NW corner of Bank and Hunt Club - across from the South Keys Theatre)
Monday October 2, 2017
6:00 pm gathering
for 6:30 pm dinner

To be chosen at the restaurant, the main menu is a choice of:
  Chicken parmigiana
  Salmon with lemongrass
  Chicken breast filled with asperagus and cream cheese
  Vegitarian pasta Primavera
  Beef Souvlaki

Tea/ coffee

Cost: $39:00 (incudes tip)


Registration is now closed for this event.

Guest speaker: Peter Bishop: RCCO National President.

Please reserve the date now, and let your clergy know about it too! See you there!

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Dominion Chalmers United
355 Cooper St
(O'Connor at Lisgar)
Sunday Nov 5, 2017
3:00 pm
Freewill offering to support Pro Organo

Featured performers are:

(Click on performer's name for picture and brief biography)

View Program

The freewill offering at this concert is to aid Pro Organo which has lost its grant from the City of Ottawa and must make up the shortfall in order to continue.

Hear our wonderful artists performing on the Dominion-Chalmers Organ in a benefit for Pro Organo, our superb organ recital series. These accomplished organists are donating their time and talent to help the Ottawa Centre raise much needed funds for Pro Organo. Please join us as we celebrate the gifts of the performers. Please join us and give generously to support our internationally recognized series Pro Organo.

Please print this poster and post it at your church, workplace, and other public venues.

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Frances Macdonnell

A series of six workshops - September 2017 to May 2018

Second workshop
303-3099 Carling Ave
Sat, November 18, 2017
10 am - noon

For further information, please e-mail Frances Macdonnell, or call 613-726-7984.

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St Luke's Anglican
760 Somerset at Empress
Sunday Nov 19, 2017
Pot Luck: 5:30 pm for 6:00 pm in Hall
(Please enter by Somerset Street door)

Hymn Sing: 7:00 pm in Church
(Please use the Bell Street door)

Please join us for a social evening of great food and singing your favourite hymns.

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Wellington Gastro Pub
1325 Wellington Ave
(between Parkdale and Island Park Drive)
Monday January 22, 2018
5:30 pm

Join us on Monday January 22nd at the Wellington Gastropub in Hintonberg for a listening party of significant organ performances on vinyl. Please bring any vinly organ recordings that you would like to share.

This is being co-presented by Tetra Speakers (a locally based but internationally respected speaker company) which will bring in its audiophile-quality equipment. There is a fee of $25 which covers appetizers and a beverage with proceeds going to the Parkdale Food Bank and our Kiwanis Music Festival Organ scholarships. You may also order a dinner if you wish.

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St. Luke's Anglican
760 Somerset at Empress
Saturday March 10, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm

Come and hear our students in recital on Saturday March 10 at 1:30pm at St Luke's Anglican Church!

The purpose of this recital is to give students some valuable playing experience, so even beginning students are encouraged to play.

Free-will donations will be collected and will go towards the Scholarship for Beginning Organ Students. Come out and support our young organists!

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St. Luke's Anglican
760 Somerset at Empress
Saturday April 7, 2018
Time 1:00 pm

Although this is not one of our programmes, it does involve many of our student members and we are providing $500 in scholarship money to the participants. The adjudicator is our member Wesley Warren. Come and support our students in recital. Further informationn can be found on the Kiwanis Music Festival website.

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Woodroffe United Church
207 Woodroffe Ave
Saturday April 14, 2018
Time: 1:30 - 6:00 pm

The first Great Bach Marathon held last season was very successful and brought members of the centre and the public together in a celebration of the music of Bach and the pipe organ.

Young and old, players, singers and lovers of music of all kinds: You're all invited to join us for the Ottawa Centre's Second Great Music Marathon in honour of Johann Sebastian Bach. This special event will be held from 1:30 – 6:00 pm, graciously hosted by Woodroffe's Music Director, Katarina Jovic. This celebration of the music of J.S. Bach will not only feature performances of his works on the pipe organ by our own Centre members, but also by many young students who sing, play piano and other instruments.

A freewill offering will be directed towards the support the scholarship funds for young organists. For any additional information or to volunteer to assist in the afternoon, please contact Sondraproctorgoldsmith (at) gmail (dot) com or mobile: 202.841.8712. Mark your calendars now and join all of us in this musical celebration of this great composer.

Come when you can; leave when you must.

A poster for this event is available here.

The full program schedule with list of music, performers and time can be downloaded here.

You can help us publicize this event by having this announcement put in your church bulletin.

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ORGAN CRAWL - Cornwall area

Saturday May 26, 2018

The Ottawa Centre is planning an Organ Crawl on Saturday, May 26th. If you would like a ride or can drive and take one or two people, please register with Blake Hargreaves, 613.255.1394, email: Blake HargreavesFrances Macdonnell. We will work out the schedule closer to May 26th and publicize it.

Teachers: please let your students know about this event.

Here are the organs we will be visiting:

St. Finnan's Cathedral, Alexandria

The Casavant Organ, 2-manual Opus 284, 1907 received a RCCO Class A Historic Organ designation in 2007.

La Nativité Co-Cathédrale, 220 Montreal Road, Cornwall

The Casavant Organ, Opus 557, 1923/1965, (F. Caron 1984) is a 3-manual instrument with a Trumpet En Chamade added recently. The organ has more than 3000 pipes and 41 stops. The console was entirely rebuilt with 8 independent memories allowing 160 combinations.

St. John's Presbyterian Church, 28 Second Street East, Cornwall

S. R. Warren & Son, 1889 / F. Legge Opus 44, 1927 / Caron 1992
2-manual with 29 stops

Trinity Anglican Church, 105 Second Street West, Cornwall

Casavant Opus 848, 1920 / Hill, Norman & Beard 1968 / 1983-86 Caron for repairs
3-manual, 28 stops, 29 ranks

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St Paul's Presbyterian Church
971 Woodroffe (just North of the Queesnway)
Monday June 4, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm refreshments
7:30 meeting

This is your centre. The executive values the feedback received from members. Come out and voice your opinions on what you would like to have your Centre do.

The Annual General Meeting of the Ottawa Centre is our opportunity to conduct the necessary business of the College but also to celebrate the year past and look forward to the coming year. All members are encouraged to attend and participate in decision making and to hear reports of the various convenors and national council representatives.

There is plenty of parking and the room is air-conditioned.


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