RCCO Ottawa Centre
CRCO Section d'Ottawa

PO Box 2270 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5W4
CENTRE EVENTS
2023-2024 SEASON

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



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PREPARATION FOR THE CHOIR-TRAINING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION

Frances Macdonnell

A series of six workshops - September 2023 to May 2024
First session: See below

The RCCO Ottawa Centre announces a series of Saturday-morning workshops to prepare RCCO members for the RCCO’s Certificate in Choir-Training examination, which is offered by the College each May. These workshops will be given by Frances Macdonnell, Organist Emerita, Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa.

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This is a simple examination to prepare for and take, and it hones the skills of a musician in conducting a small choir, a skill we all need. It involves preparing to conduct a small choir in a simple rehearsal in front of an examiner: rehearsing a hymn, an anthem, and Psalm 67. These are all planned and prepared in advance, so that there will be no rehearsal surprises. The Cranmer Singers of Ottawa will be the test choir, and Francs Macdonnell will be the accompanist.

There is also a written examination, in which candidates answer three questions: (a) Add chord symbols to a given melodic line, using Roman numerals; (b) Analyze the harmony of a passage from a short anthem, and answer a few easy questions in point-form about the anthem; (c) Write a short paragraph (100 words) on four out of ten questions on basic subjects such as sight-singing; vocal training; conducting techniques; congregational singing; the organization, recruitment, and training of choirs; and so on. There will also be two ear test questions on the day of the written examination, and there will be preparation for those as well.

To prepare members who may be interested in taking this Certificate examination in the spring of 2024, Frances Macdonnell will provide a series of six workshops on Saturday mornings through the coming fall and winter. In the course of these workshops, all these skills will be practised, and there will be some written homework, so that candidates are fully prepared for the requirements of this examination, which results in an RCCO certificate.

The first of these six workshops will be held on Saturday September 23 from 10 am until noon in Frances Macdonnell’s condo where there is easy parking. The following workshops will be planned to suit the convenience of the participants.

If you would like to sign up for these workshops, or for further information about its location, please contact Frances Macdonnel at fbmacdonnell (at) sympatico (dot) ca, or at 613-726-7984.

Planning ahead:

First workshop:
Saturday September 23, 2023
10 am till noon
Contact Frances Macdonnell or 613-726-7984 for location information.

Final date to apply for RCCO examinations:
March 15, 2024

Written examination and ear tests:
Tuesday May 14, 2024

Conducting examination:
One evening to be determined in late May or early June, 2024



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PREPARATION FOR THE CHOIR-TRAINING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION

Frances Macdonnell

A series of six workshops - September 2023 to May 2024
Second session:

Saturday October 14, 2023
10:00 AM

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 simple ear tests. The outcome of this examination is a Certificate of Proficiency in Choir Training.

The second of these workshops will be held on Saturday October 14 at my 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.

It’s not too late to join in! If you would like to start coming, please contact me at fbmacdonnell (at) sympatico (dot) ca, or call 613-726-7984, in advance of the coming workshop.



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SOCIAL BRUNCH

Chances R Restaurant
College Square
1365 Woodroffe Ave

Saturday Oct 21, 2023
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 breakfast and lunch menu are both available at 10:30 am.

There is ample parking. RSVP by Wednesday, October 18th 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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PREPARATION FOR THE CHOIR-TRAINING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION

Frances Macdonnell

A series of six workshops - September 2023 to May 2024
Third session:

Saturday November 10, 2023
10:00 AM

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 simple ear tests. The outcome of this examination is a Certificate of Proficiency in Choir Training.

The third of these workshops will be held on Saturday November 4 at my 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.

It’s not too late to join in! If you would like to start coming, please contact me at fbmacdonnell (at) sympatico (dot) ca, or call 613-726-7984, in advance of the coming workshop.



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St. Paul's Seminary

225 Main Street

Saturday December 2, 2023
2:00 PM

You’re invited to join us for a joint, cosponsored event with School of Anglican Studies at at St. Paul’s Seminary and RCCO-Ottawa Centre. Did you know that Joshua Zentner-Barrett is the Director of Music for Anglican Studies? This will be an excellent opportunity to share what each of us is planning for Advent and Christmas and to learn more about the program at St. Paul’s. We will have an opportunity to play our special music on the pipe organ in the beautiful St. Paul Seminary Chapel.

Saint Paul University is made up of two buildings: De Mazenod Chapel is located in the more southern, brown brick building called Laframboise Pavilion. There is plenty of street parking (3 hours) available along Maiin Street, including in front of Laframboise. There are also two paid parking lots: one on Hazel Street and one on Main Street, next to Singing Pebble Books. The University is also reachable via public transit: you can take the #1 train to Lees station and either catch a connecting bus(#16 or #55) or walk about 15 minutes. In addition, buses #5 and 55 stop right in front of the school, while #16 ends its route on Saint Paul's north side. #56 also has a stop at Main and Lees; the University is only a 5-7 minute walk from there. And, of course, there's lots of bicycle parking in front of the university and along Main Street.



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PREPARATION FOR THE CHOIR-TRAINING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION

Frances Macdonnell

A series of six workshops - September 2023 to May 2024
Fourth session:

Saturday December 9, 2023
10:00 AM till noon

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 simple ear tests. The outcome of this examination is a Certificate of Proficiency in Choir Training.

The fourth of these workshops will be held on Saturday December 9 at my 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.

It’s not too late to join in! If you would like to start coming, please contact me at fbmacdonnell (at) sympatico (dot) ca, or call 613-726-7984, in advance of the coming workshop.



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CAFÊ RCCO

Principles for Making Informed Decisions about our Musical Techniques
ZOOM

Saturday January 27, 2024
10:00 AM

Plan now to reserve a seat at the Cafe RCCO Zoom session on Principles for Making Informed Decisions about our Musical Techniques led by Donald Russell. Please register via email at events (at) rcco-ottawa (dot) ca. ca. You'll receive a registration notice. Close to the event, you will receive a Zoom invitation and link. Register early before the Advent and Christmas season overtakes us with busyness.

Zoom link will be posted before the event.



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MUSIC FOR LENT AND EASTER

February 2024
Location and time TBA


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KIWANIS FESTIVAL - ORGAN CLASS

Saturday April 13, 2024
Location and time TBA

Come and encourage two of our young organists who will be participating! Further informationn can be found on the Kiwanis Music Festival website.

For many years, Ottawa’s Kiwanis Music Festival has included classes for organ. The Festival wants a sufficient number of organ students to enter or they won’t offer the organ classes. That would be a great pity: the students gain valuable performance and adjudication experience. Additionally, we would lose the big Arnt Loa Scholarship of $600, and the Ottawa Centre scholarship of $500 which they usually divide between several Junior students. If we don’t have sufficient numbers, and they cancel the organ classes, the chances of the Festival reviving the organ classes might be highly unlikely. This year's organ classes are currently scheduled for Saturday, April 13th. If you have any students or know of someone who might consider applying, please contact Student Concerns. The deadline to submit applications is December 22nd.

Here is the repertoire:
Bach Junior
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ,
BWV 639 (3 minutes)

Bach Intermediate
Prelude and Fugue in Bb major,
BWV 560 (4 minutes)

Bach Senior
Allein Gott in der
Höh sei Ehr,
BWV 664 (6 minutes)

General Junior
Brahms: Es ist ein
Ros' entsprungen
Op. 122 No. 8 (4 minutes)
General Intermediate
Mendelssohn: Sonata No 5: Andante
and Andante con moto (4 minutes)

General Senior
Alain: Le jardin suspendu (6 minutes)
The Open classes, General and Bach, are Own Choice.



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THE GREAT BACH MARATHON

St. Andrew's Presbyterian
82 Kent Street, at Wellinton

Saturday May 11, 2024
Time TBA

This year there will be three tracks. Many grown-ups have expressed interest in the organ but have not had the opportunity to learn about how all the parts function. So we are providing an opportunity for adults who wish to explore and learn about the organ to do so. Of course, we will invite children to learn about the King of Instruments as well. We’ll conclude with many offerings of Bach’s organ repertoire.


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