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 Season!

So much of our life has changed. We will be joining together by Zoom to learn new skills, polish skills and to share with each other the trials of change. As we join virtually in our music making, let us revel in the new skills we are gaining and polish the techniques of music making. We will hear in new ways. Our senses will be challenged to interact with choristers and colleagues in new ways. Let's keep learning!

Joyous music making to all for this coming season!

Ian Guenette, Donald Russell 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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Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame
Sussex/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). About one week before the event, each member of the Ottawa Centre will receive 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.

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

Saturday, March 4, 2023
1:30 pm

Come and hear our students in recital! The purpose of this recital is to give students some valuable playing experience, so even beginning students are encouraged to play.

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Woodroffe United Church
207 Woodroffe Ave

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

After you place the date in your calendar, begin thinking about compositions by other composers that use the B-A-C-H theme. 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. In addition, please choose a chorale prelude or trio sonata or prelude and fugue or other works of Bach that you would enjoy sharing with our assembled guests. Do you work with an instrumentalist who loves to play Bach? Would you enjoy playing Bach in ensemble? Please ask questions and keep the coordinators informed of your decisions. This event continues to be a Benefit for the Scholarship Fund for Beginning Organists. The RCCO-Ottawa Centre Prizewinners of the Ottawa Piano Festival will again be performing at the Marathon. It is not too early to select what you will prepare to perform!

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First Church of Christ, Scientist
288 Metcalfe St

Saturday, April 29, 2023
Time: TBA

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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