RCCO Ottawa Centre
CRCO Section d'Ottawa

PO Box 2270 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5W4
2020-2021 SEASON

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

COVID-19 virus and the RCCO - Ottawa Centre

The Ottawa Centre takes the COVID-19 virus seriously and is closely monitoring the situation. We will adhere to the advice of Ottawa's Medical Officer. Watch these pages for event changes.

Please note that for any live concert or event, you must present proof of full vaccination with photo ID and be masked.

Greetings for the 2021-2022 Season!

Your committee of Donald Russell, Ian Guenette and Sondra Goldsmith Proctor look forward to greeting you in person. It has been a long, arduous span of time where some have felt isolated and others have been able and expected to keep working through the unexpected, constantly changing requirements. Let us look forward to remembering the collegiality and friendships in person.

Ian Guenette, Donald Russell and Sondra Goldsmith Proctor

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Learn from the Master Teacher Thomas Annand

Sunday September 19, 2021
2:00 PM
On Line - Zoom
Register at events (@) rcco-ottawa (dot) ca

When was the last time that you had the opportunity to sit in a master class with an artist teacher helping you to approach music with fresh thinking? With new approaches, we are able to learn music thoughtfully and with an uplifted spirit.

Join us at the Cafe RCCO. We have an opportunity to be guided by the Master Teacher Thomas Annand. He will be demonstrating his approach to learning by using “Wenn wir in höchstein Nöten sein”, BWV 641 from the Orgelbüchlein. Tom says that BWV 641 is an augmented chorale prelude in the French style with a simple accompaniment. This is the perfect point of entry for learning about making beautiful ornamentation not only in Bach but also in Couperin and Clerambault.

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In addition, we will also be encouraged how to learn and perfect a piece of music in an efficient and thorough way.

Thomas Annand studied with Graham Steed and Marie-Claire Alain. He has also attended Masterclasses with Harald Vogel, Lionel Rogg, Guy Bovet, Jean Ferrard, Louis Robilliard and Bernard Lagacé.

This session is for students, teachers, players, and all who are interested in the process of approaching music. If you have difficulty finding the chorale prelude, please contact Sondra Goldsmith Proctor. We hope that every person attending will take time to play the chorale prelude in advance of the session.

Please register for this session. Register at events (@) rcco-ottawa (dot) ca. You will receive a link for the session on Saturday, September 18.

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Sunday October 24, 2021
2:00 pm
On Line - Zoom
Register at events (@) rcco-ottawa (dot) ca

Have you thought about your early organ instructors recently? How did they lead you into the study of the organ? What were the words that helped you have confidence in practicing with both hands and feet? Do you remember the first time that you could enjoy the coordination of your hands and feet - or, one hand and two feet?

In your music schooling did you study with a special teacher who was encouraging even when you were discouraged? How did the teacher gain your trust so you would keep returning for lessons? Were their favorite phrases that you remember to this day that support you as you are learning new music or re-learning beloved music?

Have you taken the opportunity to attend master classes with teachers/artists who enjoy opening the door to the mysteries of interpretation or registration? What was their method of encouraging students? Is it the panache of the teacher or the quiet security of their approach that they can be helpful in finding different approaches to a difficult passage. Did the most simple passage open doors for articulation improvement?

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Do you have a couple of stories to 'tell on your teachers' that are charming or funny or enlightening in how they engage with students and the music?

Have you had the opportunity to study with some of the honored members of our profession? Who are they? What were they like? Do you have stories to share?

On Sunday, October 24, at 2:00 pm gather with us as we share our stories and as we check in on each other. How are you doing in this time of Covid-19? What is most concerning to you in October of 2021 about your playing, your choir, or anything else that is troubling? We all will listen carefully and try to share helpful solutions.

Personally, I have found this period of the pandemic more difficult than before. The emotional ups and downs as we prepare for an in-person event only to be told twenty-four hours before that it must become virtual or seven days before to be told to combine three separate events into one virtual event. We are working to engage our parishes, our choirs, the students that are stumbling and ourselves as we work to stay positive.

Come to listen and learn, perhaps, share in the teaching, and share in working together to recreate the fellowship and support of the Ottawa Centre. Each of us is important in this endeavor!


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Craig Humber


Unfortunately, due to a covid testing mixup, Craig will not be in Ottawa until Saturday evening so regretfully, the masterclass has to be cancelled.

Craig will be playing in our Pro Organo series on November 8.

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In Person Event



Sunday January 9, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm
ZOOM event
Register at events (@) rcco-ottawa (dot) ca

We had hoped that we could meet in person in January, but Covid had other ideas. Our January meeting will again be hosted on ZOOM. Zoom is our friend. We will continue to use this forum until it is safe to gather.

Let us gather to share thoughts, photos and music of our musical lives. How are you participating? Do you have a photo or a poem or a short piece of music that would support your colleagues during this time? This Café RCCO is a time of sharing and support for all of us. Please submit your contribution to events@rcco-ottawa.ca this week to participate in the first Café RCCO of 2022.

Please register for this session. Register at events (@) rcco-ottawa (dot) ca. You will receive a link for the session within 24 hours of the event.

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Sunday February 13, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm
ZOOM event
Register at events (@) rcco-ottawa (dot) ca

In this Centre we are fortunate to have wonderful colleagues to guide us. On February 13 our Café RCCO will be led by Gordon Johnston speaking about the RCCO examinations. Gordon has been involved in the examination process for 30+ years and is currently the Chief Examiner of the College. Bring your questions. Gordon suggests that 'to get a taste of what I'll talk about, people could check out a video which I made as a part of the Toronto Centre's Examination Masterclass series: https://youtu.be/WFcCsf4gl7E '.

Please register for this session. Register at events (@) rcco-ottawa (dot) ca. You will receive a link for the session within 24 hours of the event.

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Sunday March 6, 2022
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: First Baptist Church
(tentative depending on COVID)

We are invited to a special service at First Baptist Church led by Rev. John Perkin with Aella providing the choral music in anthems by Susan Labarr, Joan Szymko and Kim Andre Arnessan. Shawn Potter will provide the organ service music. During the season of Lent and the changing of seasons at that time of the spring equinox, the theme will focus on darkness to light, struggle to hope.

We will not know the restrictions of gathering until we are closer to the event. Please keep checking in to find out the latest news.

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Sunday April 24, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm
ZOOM event

This session will be led by Tom Annand who will focus on Johann Sebastian Bach and how we need to be thinking about the music we are preparing for the Great Bach Marathon. Additional details will follow in the February Pipelines. This will be a Zoom event.

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Saturday May 7, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 6:00 pm

Save the date and stay tuned for the next installment of the Great Bach Marathon.

Our hope is that we will be able to gather at Woodroffe United Church to participate and hear the Great Bach Marathon. Let's each select a favorite piece of Bach to play or something that you learned during the worst of the pandemic. We will provide more information in February. We have reserved two days of rehearsal time on the Woodroffe pipe organ. (One of the important skills I have gained during the pandemic is how to thoroughly clean the keys of the organ. I will provide that service during the Marathon. sgp)

The theme of this year's Great Bach Marathon is Joy. Choose 5-7 minutes of music that helps you celebrate our profession and the joy of making music. Please contact Sondra Goldsmith Proctor to discuss your selection(s). We will work to have only one presentation of each title on the program… however, if you are passionate about an already selected composition of Bach's repertoire, we will work to make certain that you have the time to perform at a different time.


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