RCCO Ottawa Centre
CRCO Section d'Ottawa

PO Box 2270 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5W4
May 26, 2021


The annual Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship, amounting to $5,000, has been awarded for 2021 by the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Fund to


Martin Jones

Martin Jones graduated in 2021 from Rice University with a BMus in organ, studying with Professor Ken Cowan; he also studied harpsichord with Mario Aschauer. Martin won the 2018 AGO Southwest Regional Competition for Young Organists in Denver, having won the Houston chapter competition that year. He won third prize, the hymn prize, and the audience prize in the High School Division of the 2016 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition. He has also played in masterclasses with notable performers including Alan Morrison, Nathan Laube, Daniel Roth, Paul Jacobs, Peter Richard Conte, and David Higgs. A Canadian citizen, Martin is also a former American Boychoir chorister and Interlochen Arts Academy graduate; he was formerly organ scholar at St Thomas' Episcopal Church and School and organist at First Lutheran in Houston, TX. In the fall of 2021, he is enrolling in the Leipzig Hochschule für Musik und Theater for a Masters of organ performance where he will study with Martin Schmeding.

The Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship was established to honour the late Godfrey Hewitt, CD, DMus (Cantuar), FRCO, HonARSCM, and is administered by the RCCO Ottawa Centre. Awarded annually, the scholarship provides to an advanced organ student holding Canadian citizenship (or having permanent residency status in Canada) $5,000 towards further courses of study either at a university or with a particular organ teacher, within Canada or outside it. It is hoped that candidates will plan to use their skills in the future as organ teachers—not necessarily in an institution, and not necessarily as a primary source of income. Complete requirements and application details may be found at .

Godfrey Hewitt, CD, DMus. (Cantuar), FRCO, HonARSCM, died in 2002 at the age of ninety-three. For over seventy years a prominent figure in sacred music in Canada, Dr. Hewitt left a very significant legacy to Canadian music. Born in England in 1909, he came to Canada in 1931 after serving as Organist for the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, London, in 1930. He became Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, in 1931, and remained there for half a century, until his retirement in 1980. In 1973, Dr. Hewitt was awarded the Lambeth Doctorate of Music by the Archbishop of Canterbury; he was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1976. He was famed as performer, teacher, composer, and organ designer. This scholarship was established after his death both to honour his memory and to increase the number of highly-trained professional Canadian organists, not only to serve as organists in universities, concert halls, and churches, but also to teach future generations of performers and church musicians.

Previous winners of this scholarship were Craig Humber (2005), Isabelle Demers (2006), Michael Unger (2007), Ryan Jackson (2008), Matthieu Latreille (2009), Shawn Potter (2010), Wendy Nieuwenhuis (2011), Stephen Boda (2012), Sarah Svendsen (2013), Julie Pinsonneault (2014), Rachel Mahon (2015), Shane Murphy (2016), David Simon and Nicholas Walters (both in 2018), Stefani Bedin (2019), Samuel Lee and Manuel Piazza (both in 2020).

The next annual competition for the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship in organ will close on April 30, 2022. Details may be found on the web site of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Ottawa Centre: www.rcco-ottawa.ca

There is also a Godfrey Hewitt Prize of $5,000, awarded bi-annually as the Grand Prize at the National Organ-Playing Competition at the RCCO National Organ Festival; the next Prize will be awarded in 2023.

Further details may be obtained from:

Frances Macdonnell

E-Mail:Frances Macdonnell


August 12, 2021


The annual Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Prize Scholarship, amounting to $5,000, is awarded bi-annually as the Grand Prize at the National Organ-Playing Competition at the RCCO National Organ Festival. This year the Prize has been awarded to


Manuel Piazza

Manuel Giovanni Piazza is a graduate organ student at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, Connecticut, where he studies with Martin Jean and serves as junior organ scholar at Trinity Church on the Green. He grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he attended St. Michael's Choir School and the University of Toronto, graduating with a BMus in Organ Performance and studying with John Tuttle. While in Toronto, he served as a 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 July 2020, he was organ scholar at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall (UK). Manuel won the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship in 2020.

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