RCCO Edmonton Scholarship Program

(Revised Document, approved by the Edmonton RCCO Board September 2022)

The Royal Canadian College of Organists in Edmonton is pleased to provide a number of 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. All study will be taken in Edmonton with qualified organ instructors who are members of the RCCO Edmonton – either privately or at one of the Edmonton universities.

  • The 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 in Edmonton by a qualified RCCO Edmonton organ teacher (privately or at an Edmonton university.
  • The Arnold Rumbold Bursary/Discretionary Scholarship is an intermediate scholarship available to a student who had received a Beginning Organist Scholarship and completed the lessons. Study is to be undertaken in Edmonton with a qualified RCCO Edmonton instructor.
  • The Edmonton Centre Intermediate Scholarship is aimed at working organists who wish to further their studies with a qualified RCCO Edmonton instructor (privately or at one of the Edmonton universities).
  • The Harry Farmer Scholarship is aimed at more advanced organ students to assist them with continuing studies or other educational opportunities in Edmonton 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 a brief interview with the Scholarship committee. Auditions take place on November 19, 2022, at St. John’s Anglican Church, 11111 57 Ave, from 1 pm on. The scholarship program is donor-driven with endowments from Arnold Rumbold-, 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 NEW DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS OCTOBER 31, 2022 WITH AUDITIONS ON  NOVEMBER 19, 2022

Please send your scanned and signed application form before October 31 to the RCCO Edmonton Scholarship Coordinator, Jacobus Kloppers at: jacobus.kloppers@telus.net

The following scholarships and one bursary/discretionary scholarship are available each year:

  • Five Beginning Organists Scholarships ranging from $600 to $750
    • Two Edmonton Centre Beginning Organists Scholarships
    • Pamela Farmer Beginning Organists Scholarship
    • Up to two CDF (RCCO National’s College Development Fund) Scholarships for Beginning Organists, 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. If no application for the bursary is received, the amount may be awarded as an Arnold Rumbold Discretionary Scholarship.
  • The Edmonton Centre Intermediate 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
Edmonton Centre Intermediate 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.
Harry Farmer Advanced 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 or 21st Century piece, a fast movement from a Romantic work and a fast movement of a Bach Trio Sonata

The following conditions apply to scholarships:

  • Condition of each scholarship:
    • Edmonton Centre Beginning Organists Scholarship:
      To be used for organ lessons, privately or towards organ tuition costs at an Edmonton University. Recipients of these scholarships also become de facto Scholarship Members of the Edmonton Centre.
    • Pamela Farmer Beginning Organists Scholarship:
      To be used for organ lessons, privately or towards organ tuition costs at an Edmonton University. The recipient of this scholarship also become a de facto Scholarship Member of the Edmonton Centre.
    • CDF Beginning Organist Scholarships:
      To be used for organ lessons, privately or towards organ tuition costs at an Edmonton University.
      Recipients of these scholarships also become de facto Scholarship Members of the Edmonton Centre.
    • The Arnold Rumbold Organ Bursary/Discretionary Scholarship:
      to be used towards organ lessons within the Edmonton Centre or towards organ tuition costs at an Edmonton University.. 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 Scholarshipfor which membership of the RCCO is required.
    • Edmonton Centre Intermediate Scholarship:
      To be used for organ lessons, privately or towards organ tuition costs at an Edmonton University. Candidates auditioning for the scholarship must be RCCO members.
    • Harry Farmer Organ Scholarship:
      For private organ lessons within the Edmonton Centre or organ tuition at an Edmonton University. Candidates auditioning for the scholarship must be RCCO members.
    • The Arnold Rumbold Scholarship for Performance Excellence:
      For private organ lessons within the Edmonton Centre or organ tuition at an Edmonton University. Candidates auditioning for the scholarship must be RCCO members.
    • The George Rumbold Scholarship for Performance Excellence:
      For private organ lessons within the Edmonton Centre or organ tuition at an Edmonton University.
      Candidates auditioning for the scholarship must be RCCO members.
  • All scholarship lessons MUST BE STARTED within one year of the award or the scholarship is forfeited.
  • All scholarship recipients are required to perform at the following Spring Scholarship Winner concert in Edmonton. 
  • CDF Beginning Organists Scholarship lessons MUST BE COMPLETED within one year of award or the scholarship or the scholarship is forfeited and recipients are required to perform an organ piece at the following Spring Scholarship Winner concert in Edmonton
  • Scholarship students must have a place to practice for which the Edmonton Centre can provide assistance.
  • Scholarships are not intended to cover sheet music, other materials or transportation costs.
  • 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.
  • Students may receive the same scholarship only once (including one Beginning Organists Scholarship).

DISBURSEMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP MONEY

All Scholarship money will be paid in advance to an approved RCCO Edmonton organ teacher towards the lessons or will be paid in advance to the student to defray organ tuition costs at an approved Edmonton university.

If the organs lessons taken privately cannot be completed due to some emergency, the Edmonton RCCO President and Treasurer will handle the issue in consultation with the organ instructor and student.

ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP RECITAL

All scholarship recipients are required to take part in the annual Scholarship Recipients Recital in February or March following the November auditions. This is a festive celebration of the various talents we have in Edmonton attended by the Scholarship donors as well. The exact venue and date for the February/March 2023 recital will be announced on this website early in the new year.

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