RCCO Ottawa Centre
CRCO Section d'Ottawa

PO Box 2270 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5W4


2015-2016 SEASON

Events will be posted as soon as I receive the information.


Again this year there will be educational workshops organized by the Education Committee. The main centre programme will also include a number of educational events. Workshops organized by the Education Committee are shown with a green title as above, and green bar down the side as in this text.

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St. Luke's Anglican Church
760 Somerset St. West, Ottawa
Sunday September 13, 2015
5:30 gathering
6:00 pm dinner
7:30 Hymn Sing

A Potluck Dinner and Hymn Sing will take place at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 760 Somerset Street West, on Sunday, September 13th at 5:30 pm. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Hall and will be followed by a Hymn Sing in the church at 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendars now for this first event of the new season. Please let Suzanne Marjerrison know what you can bring; i.e. appetizer, salad, entree or dessert . Email: Suzanne Marjerrison or Tel: 613-724-3793.

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Frances Macdonnell

St. Stephens Anglican Church
930 Watson St, Ottawa (North of Queensway, off Pinecrest)
(lots of parking)
Sat, September 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

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 would like to do the same thing for the RCCO's Choir Training Certificate Examination.

For some 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 Certificate of Proficiency in Choir Training.

The difficulty is that so far, no member of the College has as yet taken this exam! What is putting people off from attempting it? One possible answer is that the Examination Requirements say 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 next academic 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, 2015
St. Stephen's Anglican Church
from 10 am until noon

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.

Or, of course, if you have ideas for other Educational programmes which you would like the Centre to provide, please get in touch with me as well!

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KS on the Keys
1029 Dazé St, Ottawa
(Near NW corner of Bank and Hunt Club - across from the South Keys Theatre)
Monday October 26, 2015
6:00 pm gathering
for 6:30 pm dinner

Cost: $40:00 (incudes tip)

Guest speaker: James Bailey, RCCO National President

Our next Clergy-Organists Dinner for the Ottawa Centre will be held on Monday October 26, gathering at 6.00 pm, dinner at 6.30 pm. As everyone very much enjoyed the restaurant where we went last year, we are using it again - KS on the Keys, 1029 Dazé Street (in the South Keys area). The price will be $40, and the menu will be announced in the September Pipelines.

Our guest speaker will be the National Chair of the RCCO, James Bailey, from Toronto. James is a distinguished architect as well as a distinguished musician, and he will be giving us an illustrated talk about the relationship between church music and its specialized architecture, which should be extremely fascinating!

Please reserve the date now, and let your clergy know about it too! See you there!

Registration information and menu to follow.


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