RCCO Ottawa Centre
CRCO Section d'Ottawa

PO Box 2270 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5W4

Welcome to the Ottawa Centre of the
Royal Canadian College of Organists

Welcome to the Ottawa Centre RCCO website. Please use the menu above to browse our site. If you are using an older browser and don't see the menu then you can use the text menu at the bottom of every page.

The Ottawa Centre of the RCCO sponsors a variety of programs throughout the year, such as organ crawls, workshops, masterclasses, discussions, and dinners. The Centre also runs an organ concert series Pro Organo.



You may register and pay for the Clergy Organist dinner on line. Details of the dinner are on the Events page

Clergy-Organist Dinner

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Video of TRIP to CANTON NEW YORK, MAY 15, 2015

Rick St Germain has put together a great slideshow of the trip to Canton New York.
Organ Crawl
Organ Crawl, Canton New York

Members' Recital at St Matthias

On November 22, 2015, the Ottawa Centre held a Members' Recital at St. Matthias Anglican Church to celebrate the casavant organ. St Matthias held its last service in February 2016. To mark the occasion, Dr. Dierdre Piper, organist at St Matthias, wrote "Rhapsodic Variations on Engelberg" which was played at the recital and as the final voluntary at St. Matthias. You can hear Dr. Piper play this wonderful piece here.

Composition Competition

The Toronto Centre is offering a $2,500 prize for an organ composition by a Canadian composer in celebration of Canada's Sesquicentennial in 2017. Details are found here.


The Lilian Forsyth Scholarship for Church Music, 2016


Applications are still being received for the 2016 Lilian Forsyth Scholarship. The award of up to $1500 is intended to assist a Canadian student to pursue a proposed program of study directly related to music in worship. Knox Church, Ottawa, administers the scholarship. Full details and application available at knoxottawa.ca/ministries/worship/pages/lilian-forsyth-scholarship Further information from The Registrar: forsythscholarship@gmail.com

Lilian Forsyth Lilian Forsyth was a brilliant musician who devoted herself to the music of worship. For nearly fifty years, her selfless enthusiasm was felt in many musical organizations both in Ottawa and across the country. Lilian was a longtime member of the RCCO and elected our Centre President 3 times.

2016 OSM Manulife Competition – now open to organists

The OSM Manulife Competition is now in its 76th year of existence. Until this year, the competition was open to piano, voice, strings, winds and percussion on a 3 year rotation cycle. For the very first time this year, the competition is open to organists.
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The international jury includes Douglas R. Sheldon, senior vice-president and director of Columbia Artists Management, Olivier Latry, titular organist of the Grand Orgue at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and organist emeritus of the OSM, John Grew, artistic director of the Canadian International Organ Competition and professor emeritus of the McGill University School of Music, and Matthias Naske, intendant of the Vienna Konzerthaus. For further information visit their website at"

Just click this link to know more: http://www.osm.ca/en/prizes-and-regulations/prizes-and-scholarships


Please note that this timeline can be found by selecting Centre Info | Web Archive pages | Ottawa Cente History Timeline on the menu above.

The Centre History kiosk made its debut at Orgelfest 2013. This is an interractive display which places significant events on a timeline. Bill Vineer supplied muich of the content and Rick St Germain put it all together. Click on the graphic below to access this display.

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