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WELCOME…

Welcome to the Royal Canadian College of Organists, (RCCO), Edmonton Centre!

We are an Edmonton and area group of organist performers and appreciative listeners who love organs, organ music and organists.

As part of a nation-wide community ranging from inquisitive young minds to experienced professional organists with a passion for the organ and its music we seek to enrich the lives of others with our music, skills, and knowledge by promoting the instrument, its music, composers and performers.

Founded in 1959, RCCO Edmonton Centre is one of 28 RCCO centres based in cities coast to coast and offers a network of resources as well as educational and scholarship opportunities to local organists, students and organ enthusiasts through a variety of programs, events and concerts.

Scholarships – RCCO Edmonton provides scholarships for several levels of students, including pianists interested in beginning to play the organ. The scholarships provide funds for private or institutional studies.

Organic – The Organ in Concert, (formerly Sundays at Three) is RCCO Edmonton’s annual concert series. Premiered in 1980, it is the longest continuously running concert series in the RCCO. International, national and local artists have performed on the series which feature the city’s finest instruments.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday February 12, 2017
CARI ASTLEFORD IN CONCERT

ORGANiC SERIES

Season Opener – One Concert – Two Premieres

Our season November 4 season opener for Organic – Organ in Concert, premiered the works of two Canadian composers – John Burge and Denis Bédard.

The program opened with Burge’s Cathedral Architecture, arranged for organ and piano for Duo Majoya from an organ and orchestra arrangement.  The work was introduced by the composer and the audience was treated to the sonorous building of a vast cathedral replete with movements representing spires, gargoyles, windows and flying buttresses. In the fifth and final movement, the foundations, as a passacaglia, support all that builds upward from them in reverse order of the previous movements.

The second half of the program premiered Denis Bédard’s Grand Suite for Organ and Piano. Commissioned for Duo Majoya in recognition of their 2015 receipt of the Diploma of Fellowship (honoris causa) FRCCO from the National Council of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. The work was commissioned by long time RCCO Edmonton members Arnold and Grace Rumbold and our centre. 

Bédard’s always approachable and tuneful dances in 7 movements – including a nod to the Canadian prairies – made a joyful end to a joyful evening.  

The Organic season continues with on February 12, 2017 with Cari Astleford at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Avenue, in Old Strathcona.

For information about the newly rebuilt organ at Holy Trinity, see the article on the Organs in Edmonton page.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Donate to Student Scholarships

Interest in the organ is on the rise. Over the past few years, applications to our Beginning Organist Scholarship Program have been increasing and the quality of musicianship of these pianists interested in the organ is extraordinary.

However, we don’t have enough scholarships to meet the demand.

To help launch the next generation of organists in our city, consider donating to our Scholarship Program.

RCCO Edmonton is a registered charity. A tax receipt will be issued.

For more information on our Scholarship Program, click here.

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