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PRESS RELEASE

June 5, 2020

GODFREY HEWITT ANNUAL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION, 2020

Two Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarships, amounting to $5,000 each, have been awarded for 2020 by the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Fund to:

SAMUEL LEE

Samuel Lee

Samuel Lee began studying organ in Ottawa in 2011 with Karen Holmes. In 2018, still studying with Karen Holmes, he completed the FRCCO diploma, as well as a B.Mus. in Piano Performance at the University of Ottawa with David Jalbert. In 2020, Samuel obtained an M.Mus. in Organ Performance and Church Music at McGill University with Hans-Ola Ericsson. Samuel will begin a Doctoral degree in organ at McGill in September 2020. Stemming from his love for all sorts of instrumental music, he will be studying Edwin Lemare’s transcriptions, his technique, as well as the art of transcription in general. Samuel looks to someday perform orchestral repertoire and chamber music on the organ, as well as creating transcriptions of his own.


MANUEL PIAZZA

Manuel Piazza

Manuel Giovanni Piazza grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he graduated from the University of Toronto with a BMus in Organ Performance and studied with Dr. John Tuttle. As an undergraduate student, he played in masterclasses led by organists such as Olivier Latry, Dr. William Porter, Stefan Engels, and David Briggs. While in Toronto, he served as 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 April 2020, he was organ scholar at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall (UK), where he worked with Christopher Gray and Michael Butterfield. In August 2020, he will begin graduate studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, Connecticut.



Godfrey Hewitt, C.D., D.Mus. (Cantuar), FRCO, Hon. ARSCM, 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), and Stefani Bedin (2019).

The next annual competition for the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship in organ will close on April 30, 2021. 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 as the Grand Prize bi-annually at the National Organ-Playing Competition at the RCCO National Organ Festival; the next Prize will be awarded in July 2021 in Hamilton.

Further details may be obtained from:

Frances Macdonnell
613-726-7984

E-Mail:Frances Macdonnell


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