RCCO Ottawa Centre
CRCO Section d'Ottawa

PO Box 2270 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5W4
2022-2023 SEASON

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

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.

Greetings for the New Year!

As our lives have changed over the past few years, we are looking forward to gathering for in-person sessions on subjects that are important to all of us as musicians and active listeners. We will be learning and relearning how to support the organ technician and his work, hearing a wonderful mini-recital and re-engaging with some of our colleagues, hearing a stunning recital of César Franck, and participating in the Great Bach Marathon. Let's keep learning!

Joyous music making to all for this coming months!

Ian Guenette and Sondra Goldsmith Proctor

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Chances R Restaurant
College Square
1365 Woodroffe Ave

Saturday Oct 22, 2022
10:30 AM

Join us for the first in-person event of the season. This is an opportunity to meet friends and colleagues of the RCCO we have not seen since Covid began. The patio is enclosed and has overhead heating. The breakfast and lunch menu are both available at 10:30 am.

There is ample parking. RSVP by Monday, October 17th if you plan to come. You can reach me at email: donald (dot) marjerrison (at) sympatico (dot) ca or tel: 613.724.3793

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Trinity Anglican Church
1230 Bank Street

Saturday November 5, 2022
3:30 pm
Host Musician: Fabien Tousignant

You are invited to prepare an organ work useful for a prelude or a postlude for the Season of Advent and Christmas to play for the gathered members of the RCCO Ottawa Centre at Trinity Anglican Church. This is not a performance but a sharing of literature. We all have repertoire to share with each other. Please plan to attend to talk with your colleagues, share the rich repertoire of the season and take a deep breath as we begin the busy season.

Our host, Fabien Tousignant, will perform a piece of the repertoire that he uses at Trinity Anglican Church. I have heard of several pieces that people are considering playing. Whatever you choose will be the correct piece. What would you play at the church you serve or the church that you used to serve? I promise to come prepared to play one of my favorite pieces to play at Christmastide.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at this event. At the conclusion of our musical sharing, we will have a few munchies and liquid refreshment to see us on the way home. There is plenty of street parking.

Trinity Church Organ Specifications

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Meet our host Fabien Tousignant who was born in Cochrane, Ontario and is a very busy member of the nation's capital musical scene since he received his university degree in music. He has studied piano with Jean Desmarais, Luc Léonard, Jean-Paul Sévilla, Andrew Tunis and Renelle Belisle. In addition, he studied organ with Rachel Laurin, Raymond Daveluy and Karen Holmes. From 2011-2014 he was the Assisting Organist at Christ Church Cathedral under the direction of Matthew Larkin. He is active giving informative sessions on musical themes with Opera Lyra and Retraite en Action plus collaborating with singer-songwriter Sandrae Savard with whom he forms the Duo d'Hull. In September 2014, Fabien Tousignant became the Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Anglican Church in Ottawa.

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Woodroffe United CHurch
207 Woodroffe Ave
(North of Carling)

January 28, 2023
11:00 AM

Café RCCO with Organ Technician Sylvain Brisson to be held at the Woodroffe United Church. What have you always wondered about tuning an organ? Bring your questions to this event. How should we prepare for the organ technician’s visit? Sylvain will answer your questions and offer us insights into maintaining our instruments and communicating with our technician.

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St Bartholomew's Anglican Church
"The Guards' Chapel"
125 MacKay St, Ottawa

Saturday February 4, 2023
2:00 pm

Timothy Piper, Organist of St Bartholomew's Anglican Church, will play a short recital to demonstrate the Létourneau Pipe Organ installed in 2013. The new organ contains some reused pipework from the previous 1894 Warren instrument, which was in the Chapel on the grounds of the Governor General's residence, Rideau Hall, before being moved to St. Bartholomew's in 1914.

After the recital there will share light refreshments. Please wear masks in the Sanctuary and before the Reception.

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with Thomas Annand

Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame
Sussex/St. Patrick
Please enter at the front door close to St. Patrick

Tuesday February 7, 2023
7:30 pm

We have the pleasure of hearing Thomas Annand at Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. Thomas is now the Interim Organist at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal. His hour long recital will feature the works of César Franck (1822-1890). Here is a link to a video of Donald Russell discussing with Thomas Annand the characteristics of Franck’s works, some of the registration complexities, the beautiful melodic lines, and answering the questions that some of you, the membership, have when working on Franck’s compositions. As we complete the seasons of honoring César Franck’s 200th anniversary and begin the third century of learning and performing his works, please plan to join us for a delightful hour of César Franck’s creations.

We thank Jennifer Loveless for hosting this event.

This event is free to members, $10 for non-members.

Here is a poster for the event.


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Woodroffe United Church
207 Woodroffe Ave

Saturday, March 25, 2023
Note change of date
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

1:30 - 3:30 pm Young People's Special Programming

Download the schedule of The Great Bach Marathon.

Think about not only compositions by J.S. Bach to play, but also, compositions by other composers who use the theme B-A-C-H. We will use these themes throughout the hours of the Marathon to demonstrate the wide respect that other composers have and had for Johann Sebastian Bach. As soon as you find one that you would like to play, please be in touch with Sondra Goldsmith Proctor to register your selection. If you play in an ensemble or with a soloist - instrumental or vocal - who would enjoy sharing Bach with our attendees, please invite the performers to join us and perform with you.

There will be two program tracks during this year's Marathon. Young people will have a separate session on construction of the OrgelKidsCan organ from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. The young people will be in a separate section of the church building experiencing the joy of discovering the organ. Each young person will have the opportunity to play the small organ by playing the piece that they have prepared on it. At the conclusion of this portion of the young people's program, they will be invited to the sanctuary to hear an organist perform on the Woodroffe United Church organ. The young people will then perform for the assembled attendees on the piano.

While the young people are learning and playing, adults will be in the sanctuary of the church listening to wonderful presentations stsrting at 1:30. The young people will join the adults at approximately 3:00pm to listen and perform. The young artists will be invited to listen to the remainder of the Marathon or go on with their very busy schedules.

We will again be joined by piano performers from the Ottawa Piano Festival. This event continues to be a Benefit for the Scholarship Fund for Beginning Organists. Come when you can; leave when you must.

Masks are not required at Woodroffe United Church. Everyone, please use your good judgment!

Here is a prliminary schedule of the Great Bach Marathon.
Here is a poster of the concert. Please print and display it to promote this event.

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WORKSHOP - Position at the Keyboard

Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame
(Sussex / St. Patrick)

Saturday, April 22, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM

Sarah will give a presentation about organist and musician health and safety, emphasizing how organists can best protect their health by, for instance, managing how they sit at the console.

Admission: Free to RCCO members, $10 for non-members.

Sarah will be giving a recital for Pro Organo on the previous evening.

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First Church of Christ, Scientist
288 Metcalfe St (at Gilmour)

Saturday, April 29, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM

Come and encourage two of our young organists who will be participating! The Ottawa Centre provides scholarships for this organ classes.

Further informationn can be found on the Kiwanis Music Festival website.

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St-François d'Assis
20 Fairmont at Wellington St. W

Sunday, May 7, 2023
3:00 pm
Note change of date

Come and hear our students in recital! The purpose of this recital is to give students some valuable playing experience. There is no admission charge, but donations are invited with proceeds going to our Beginning Organ Student Scholarship Fund.

Please contact Bob Jones, convenor for Student Affairs if you plan to play in this recital.

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St Paul's Presbyterian Church
971 Woodroffe (just North of the Queensway)
Monday June 5, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm refreshments
7:30 meeting

Please park in the lot behind the church and enter the hall from the back parking lot.

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.

The RCCO Ottawa Centre is delighted to announce that this year’s Member of the Year is Sue Sparks. Read full article on our home page. The award will be presented at the AGM.

All members are encouraged to attend and participate in decision-making of your Centre 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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