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.

NEWS BRIEFS - are found below Positions Available.


During the summer months, while Pipelines is not published, church positions will be listed here.

Interim Director of Music, Southminster United Church, Ottawa

Southminster United Church invites applications for the position of Interim Director of Music. The position involves an average of 8 to 10 hours of work per week from September 9, 2015 through March 31, 2016. If a suitable candidate is not available for September, the church is open to beginning the contract in October. Duties: Benefits: Ideal candidates will possess the following: Salary: commensurate with experience and the RCCO scale.

Applications: A cover letter and resumé/CV should be submitted by Sunday, August 1, 2015 by e-mail to: suc (at) rogers.com or by regular mail to:
Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave., Ottawa

Further information on Southminster may be obtained from our website: www.southminsterunitedchurch.com

St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Deep River, ON, seeks a Music Director.

We are searching for a part-time Music Director to play keyboard/organ (a very fine and well maintained Casavant Bros. two manual organ), plan worship music with our Rector, coordinate volunteer musicians, and lead singing for our worship services. Music at St. Barnabas is eclectic and reflects the diversity of the community and the gifted musicians who offer their skills. It ranges from traditional and contemporary hymns drawn from a variety of sources to Taizé and praise music. The goal of music at St. Barnabas is primarily to honour God, to help the community celebrate its relationship with God, and to offer each other support on our journey of faith. For further information about this position please contact our Rector at rector (at) dr-stbarnabas.ca Deadline for Applications September 4th, 2015.

Our Lady of Fatima, Renfrew

Our Lady of Fatima RC church in Renfrew is seeking an Organist/Choir Director for their 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning service. The ideal candidate will bring strong keyboard skills and a demonstrated ability to conduct church choirs. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and experience in the Catholic tradition, although training can be provided. The successful applicant will be privileged to play a beautiful, 3-manual Casavant pipe organ that is complemented by excellent acoustics. He/she will also be responsible for working with a volunteer choir of 10 voices for 1 hour before the Sunday service in preparation for the mass (rehearsing hymns, psalms, anthems etc.). It is important the Organist/Choir Director be sensitive to the musical gifts of the volunteers, while working to develop and expand upon their abilities.

The successful candidate will be compensated generously, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Travel expenses will be covered and an allowance will be offered annually for professional development activities.

Interested candidates are invited to contact the incumbent, Nicholas Walters, by phone (613-433-4729) or by email (nwalters346(at)gmail.com ).



The Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship for 2015, amounting to $5,000, has been awarded to RACHEL MAHON. Read it all in the Press Release.


Next season's Pro Organo concerts have been announced. Details and ticket info are available under the Pro Organo menu.

The new season starts on SATURDAY, September 26th, at Église Sainte-Anne (now St. Clement parish), 528 Old St. Patrick. Yes, it is on Saturday, because of the mass schedule at the church, but the starting time will be 7:30 p.m., as usual. The guest performer will be Claude Lemieux, the well-known organist from Quebec City, and he will play works by Scheidemann, Buxtehude, Bach, Mozart, Franck, Gilles Fortin and Denis Bédard. The complete programme is on the Centre website. Claude Lemieux performs frequently throughout the province of Québec, both as organ soloist and as choir director. He studied at Laval University, and also trained as an organ-builder in workshops of Guilbault-Thérien. He played at several churches in Quebec City, and is now the titular organist at Sainte-Anne Cathedral in La Pocatière and director of the Schola Cantorum at the Quebec City Music Conservatory. Please note that there will be no video presentation at this event.

If you wish to subscribe to the full series, you can download a flyer, or you may purchase your season tickets on line. Prices are the same as last year. Other organists featured will be Vita Kalnciems, from Latvia; Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, who works in Canton, NY, but is also a member of the Ottawa Centre; and Maurice Clerc, from Dijon, France.


Frances Macdonnell
You may recall that in the academic year 2013-14, I offered a series of six workshops to help students prepare for the Service-Playing and Colleague examinations. In 2015-16, I plan to do the same for the RCCO's Choir Training Certificate Examination. Read more » « less

For twelve years now, the RCCO has offered this examination, aimed at parish church musicians working in real-life situations in small churches, through which they can demonstrate their ability to plan a choir programme in a church, direct a short choir practice, briefly discuss rehearsal and performance techniques, answer some straightforward written questions on choir management and choral planning, and write some simple harmony. The outcome of this examination is a of Proficiency in Choir Training.

The difficulty is that so far, in twelve years, only one member of the College has as yet taken this exam! - (she passed with no difficulty.) What is putting people off from attempting it? One possible answer is that the Examination Requirements have said that both sections of the exam, practical and written, must be taken at once. Although this exam is in fact not difficult, that requirement may have made it look a little daunting. I have therefore obtained the agreement of the National Examinations Committee that this examination can in the future be tried one session at a time: that is, candidates can do either the written or the practical in one year, and the other half another year. This makes the whole project much more approachable.

Throughout this coming year, therefore, starting in September, I would like to offer a series of six educational workshops to help members look at this exam and to discover that it's not nearly as difficult as it looks on paper! It can very easily be prepared, and I will gladly help members to do that, for either one section or the other, or both.

The first of these workshops will be held on Saturday September 19 at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, from 10 am until noon. St. Stephen's Anglican Church is at 930 Watson Street, just west of Pinecrest Avenue, just north of the Queensway, and there's lots of parking. Please enter through the parking lot door, and turn left. We will be in the Shalom Room, at the bottom of the short ramp leading into the Church Basement.

In this opening workshop, we will look in detail at the examination requirements, both practical and written, and also the ear tests, so that you can get an idea of how simple it really all is!

I will schedule the other workshops as soon as we know how many members are interested in participating and what their schedules are like. For further information, please e-mail me at Frances Macdonnell, or call me at 613-726-7984. It would help to know approximately how many people are coming, so that I can make enough copies of the hand-outs.


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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