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
Shalom room (Enter in parking lot door)
930 Watson St, Ottawa (North of Queensway, off Pinecrest)
(lots of parking)
Sat, September 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

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.

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 Certificate 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.

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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
Salad: garden or caesar (chosen at the restaurant)
Dinner: (chosen at the restaurant)
several choices of entrees including chicken, salmon, vegeterian pasta and beef stir-fry
Tea/ Coffee/ Pop

Cost: $40:00 (incudes tip)

Please register by October 19 by sending a cheque payable to RCCO, Ottawa Centre and mailing it to:

Suzanne Marjerrison
476 Evered Avenue
Ottawa ON    K1Z 5K8

If you are sending a cheque for several people, please name each person in the group.

Guest speaker: James Bailey, RCCO National President.
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!

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St. Matthias Anglican Church
555 Parkdale Avenue (at the Queensway)
Sunday November 22, 2015
3:00 pm

Many of us will have heard the sad news that St. Matthias Anglican Church may shortly be closing and amalgamating with All Saints, Westboro. Before that happens, and in order to celebrate the lovely three-manual Casavant organ while it is still in use in St. Matthias Church, the Ottawa Centre plans to hold a Members' Recital at St. Matthias Anglican Church at 3 pm on Sunday November 22, the Feast of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

Some of the organists who will play are to include Rachel Laurin, Matthew Larkin, Heather Rice, Mervyn Games, and Gilles Leclerc. Also playing, of course, will be Deirdre Piper, the longtime Organist and Choir Director of St. Matthias Church, and in addition, the parish choir will sing an anthem as part of the programme.

A reception will follow the recital, and a free-will offering will be received at the door. Parking is available in the parking lot between the church and the Queensway, or on neighbouring streets.

For further information, please contact Frances Macdonnell at 613-726-7984 or email frances (dot) macdonnell (at) rcc0-ottawa (dot) ca .


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