Royal Canadian College of Organists

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The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), founded in 1909, is a national association of organists and church musicians in Canada, with 32 centres from Victoria, British Columbia to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The National Office is in Toronto.

The chief aim of the College is to promote a high standard of organ playing, choral directing, church music and composition. To this end, it holds examinations and grants diplomas, encourages musical events such as workshops and recitals, commissions new works, affords opportunities for discussion, and provides advice on being a professional musician. The College is registered as a charitable organization in Canada. [1]

History[edit]

On 27 October 1909, a resolution recognising "the importance of establishing a college of organists, similar to that of England, in Canada" was passed at the Conservatory of Music in Brantford, Ontario and in December of that year, the Canadian Guild of Organists was founded. In 1920 the Guild was renamed as the Canadian College of Organists, and in 1959 it was granted the prefix Royal. [2] [3]

Publications[edit]

From October, 1968, to June, 2009, The American Organist, published monthly by the American Guild of Organists (AGO), was the official journal of the RCCO as well as of the AGO. In September 2009, because of changes in United States Postal Service regulations, the RCCO began to publish its own official journal. Its quarterly newsletter Organ Canada/Orgue Canada was redesigned as a glossy bimonthly publication, with the purpose of "celebrating excellence in Canadian organ building, performance, composition, and education".[4]

The American Organist, no longer the official journal of the RCCO, was dropped as a membership benefit, but remains available to members by subscription, along with a selection of other choral and organ publications, at group rates.

Diplomas[edit]

The College grants several levels of accreditation, for which it holds examinations annually:

  • Colleague (CRCCO)
  • Associate (ARCCO)
  • Fellow (FRCCO)
  • Professional Diploma in Choir Training (Ch.RCCO)
  • Service Playing certificate
  • Choir Training certificate

The College offers printed materials and recordings on topics including organ study, choir training, preparation for examinations, commissioning of compositions, purchase of organs, employment and ethics. It holds composition competitions and organ playing competitions, and awards prizes and scholarships.

Some Notable Members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Royal Canadian College of Organists/Le Collège Royal Canadien des Organistes", Canada Revenue Agency, retrieved 2008-04-16 
  2. ^ Kemp, Walter H.; Moore, Christopher, "Royal Canadian College of Organists/Collège royal canadien des organistes", Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, retrieved 2008-04-15 
  3. ^ "The Royal Canadian College of Organists", Ontario's Historical Plaques, retrieved 2008-04-16 
  4. ^ Cross, Bruce. "RCCO Publications: A Brief History", The American Organist, June 2009, vol. 43 (no. 6), p. 11.

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