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RCCO Edmonton Scholarship Program

The Royal Canadian College of Organists in Edmonton is pleased to provide up to ten scholarships as well as a bursary/discretionary scholarship that provides funds for working organists, students and those curious about the organ to study or take part in other educational opportunities.

  • The four to five Beginning Organist scholarships are open to any pianist at the Grade 8 level or beyond who is curious about the organ. Each scholarship provides organ lessons with a local organ teacher (privately or at an institution).
  • The Arnold Rumbold Bursary/Discretionary Scholarship is available to a student who had received a Beginning Organist Scholarship, completed the lessons and successfully demonstrates financial need. Study is to be undertaken within the Edmonton Centre.
  • The Eileen Gordon-Bishop Scholarship is aimed at working organists who wish to further their studies or take advantage of a workshop or other opportunity to improve their playing.
  • The Bert Mulder Scholarship for Church Organists enables organists, who are actively engaged as church organists, to further their studies of the instrument at any level.
  • The Harry Farmer Scholarship is aimed at more advanced organ students to assist them with continuing studies or other educational opportunities related to the organ.
  • The Arnold Rumbold Scholarship for Performance Excellence is to be used for advanced organ study within the Edmonton Centre.
  • The George Rumbold Scholarship for Performance Excellence is to be used for advanced organ study within the Edmonton Centre.

The process consists of a written application followed by an audition and brief interview with the Scholarship committee. Auditions generally take place in November each year, depending on the availability of the committee members and an appropriate venue.
The scholarship program is donor driven with endowments from the late Reg Jacka, the late Stewart Bishop, Bert Mulder, Arnold Rumbold and the Farmer family as well as funds from the RCCO National’s College Development Fund and individual donors. We welcome all donations to the scholarship program.

THE YEARLY DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS OCTOBER 31 WITH AUDITIONS IN LATE NOVEMBER
For more information, email us at:  EdmRCCO@gmail.com
For the current requirements for auditioning and the application form:

Up to ten scholarships and one bursary/discretionary scholarship are available each year:

  • Up to five Beginning Organists Scholarships
    • The Edmonton Centre Beginning Organists Scholarship ($400)
    • The Reg Jacka Beginning Organists Scholarship ($400)
    • Pamela Farmer Beginning Organists Scholarship ($550)
    • Up to two CDF (RCCO National’s College Development Fund) Scholarships for Beginning Organists ($600 each), the second being contingent on sufficient funding each year
  • The Arnold Rumbold Bursary/Discretionary Scholarship ($400), for a student who had received an RCCO Beginning Organists Scholarship, completed the lessons and successfully demonstrates financial need.
  • Five advanced organ scholarships
    • The Eileen Gordon-Bishop Scholarship ($500)
    • The Bert Mulder Scholarship ($500)
    • The Harry Farmer Scholarship $1250)
    • The Arnold Rumbold Scholarship for Performance Excellence ($1250)
    • The George Rumbold Scholarship for Performance Excellence ($1250)

Audition Requirements

Those candidates whose applications are chosen for consideration will be granted an interview and an audition. Candidates will be contacted concerning details and time of the audition.
The requirements of the auditions are as follows:

Beginning Organist
  1. The performance of a piano piece (fast movement) at the Grade 8 level or above.
  2. The performance of a piece of choice of contrapuntal nature at the Grade 8 level (e.g. Bach Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier)
  3. Performing an introduction and one stanza of a hymn (from any hymnbook), of the candidates choosing, on the piano.
  4. The sight-reading of one hymn (4-part chorale style) or one hymn (melody & chords) at the piano.
The Arnold Rumbold Bursary/Discretionary Scholarship
  1. The performance of two organ pieces at an elementary level (e.g. a Prelude from Bach’s Eight Little Preludes and Fugues, a slow movement from a Mendelssohn Organ Sonata)
  2. Playing a hymn using hands and pedals
Eileen Gordon-Bishop Scholarship
  1. The performance of two pieces of the candidate’s choice on organ (at least one to be a fast movement).
  2. The performance, on organ of one hymn with an introduction and at least two verses showing a change in manual.
  3. The sight-reading of one hymn (4 -part chorale style) or one hymn (melody & chords) at the organ.
The Bert Mulder Scholarship for Church Organists
  1. The performance of 2 organ works suitable for a service, e.g. hymn arrangements (chorale preludes) and/or other organ preludes, and postludes
  2. Playing of 2 hymns (candidate’s choice), with introduction and varying the stops according to the character of the stanzas
  3. Sight reading of a hymn
Harry Farmer Organ Scholarship
  1. The performance of two pieces of the candidate’s choice on organ. One of the pieces must be appropriate as a prelude or postlude for a wedding, funeral or a public worship service and of an intermediate level of difficulty.
  2. The performance, on organ of one hymn with an introduction and at least two verses showing a change in manual and with pedal.
  3. The sight-reading of one hymn (4- part chorale style) or one hymn (melody & chords) at the organ. Pedal is optional.
Arnold Rumbold Organ Scholarship for Performance Excellence, as well as the George Rumbold Organ Scholarship for Performance Excellence
  1. Three pieces at a level comparable to a Performers Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music or Toronto Conservatory, consisting of a 20th Century piece, a fast movement from a Romantic work and a fast movement of a Bach Trio Sonata

The following conditions apply to scholarships:

  1. The scholarship money will be used as follows:
    • Edmonton Centre- and Reg Jacka Beginning Organists Scholarship:  $500 and $400 respectively towards organ lessons.o Edmonton Centre- and Reg Jacka Beginning Organists Scholarship:  $500 and $400 respectively towards organ lessons.
      Recipients of these scholarships also become de facto Scholarship Members of the Edmonton Centre.
    • Pamela Farmer Beginning Organists Scholarship: $550 towards organ lessons.
      The recipient of this scholarship also become a de facto Scholarship Member of the Edmonton Centre.
    • CDF Beginning Organist Scholarship: $600 towards organ lessons.
      Recipients of these scholarships also become de facto Scholarship Members of the Edmonton Centre.
    • The Arnold Rumbold Organ Bursary/Discretionary Scholarship: $400 towards organ lessons within the Edmonton Centre. The recipient of this scholarship continues to be de facto Scholarship Members of the Edmonton Centre. If there is no candidate for the Bursary, the amount can be used as a Discretionary Scholarship of $400, for which membership of the RCCO is required.
    • Eileen Gordon-Bishop Memorial Scholarship:$500 for private organ lessons, organ tuition at an institution, or toward expenses for attendance at organ workshops or -conventions, including workshop fees, convention fees, etc.
      Candidates auditioning for the scholarship must be RCCO members.
    • The Bert Mulder Scholarship for Church Organists:$500 to enable organists actively engaged as church organists to further their studies of the instrument at any level. Candidates will be 1) actively engaged as church organists, full- or part-time, 2) have achieved a minimum of Grade 8 piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music or similar conservatory.
      Candidates auditioning for the scholarship must be RCCO members.
    • Harry Farmer Organ Scholarship:$1250 for organ lessons, organ tuition at an approved institution, or for attendance at organ workshops or -conventions, including workshop fees, convention fees, etc.
      Candidates auditioning for the scholarship must be RCCO members.
    • The Arnold Rumbold Scholarship for Performance Excellence: $1250 for organ lessons within the Edmonton Centre
      Candidates auditioning for the scholarship must be RCCO members.
    • The George Rumbold Scholarship for Performance Excellence: $1250 for organ lessons within the Edmonton Centre
      Candidates auditioning for the scholarship must be RCCO members.
  2. CDF Beginning Organists Scholarship lessons MUST BE COMPLETED within one year of award or the scholarship is forfeited. CDF winners are also required to perform an organ piece at the next Spring Scholarship Winner concert in Edmonton. All other scholarship lessons MUST BE STARTED within one year of award or the scholarship is forfeited.
  3. The scholarship will be paid to a teacher designated or approved by the committee after completion of the lessons, or will be paid to the student to defray organ tuition costs at an approved educational institution.
  4. Scholarship students must have a place to practice. (The Centre can provide assistance with this.)
  5. Scholarships are not intended to cover sheet music, other materials or transportation costs.
  6. Should the student fail to fulfil the conditions of this scholarship, the RCCO reserves the right to cancel the scholarship and require repayment of the portion of the scholarship used by the student.
  7. Students may receive the same scholarship only once (including one Beginning Organists Scholarship).

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