The RCCO Calgary Student Organ Academy takes place three days prior to the start of the Calgary Organ Festival.

June 29 and 30; July 1 and 2

The Academy is for students aged 14-30 who are currently playing at an intermediate level or above.

Academy Schedule


Learning sessions:

Individual private lessons, small group lessons and masterclasses

Location: Grace Presbyterian Church
Dates: June 29 and 30

Students will have access to two pipe organs on site (4-manual Casavant and a 2-manual Walcker tracker) as well as daily practice time on other instruments at nearby churches.

Performance Opportunities

Local Church Services

Locations: Various
Date: July 1

RCCO Student Academy Recital

Location: Central United Church
Date: July 2 – Opening Day of the RCCO 2018 Calgary Organ Festival

All participants in the Student Academy are eligible for FREE Registration for the RCCO 2018 Calgary Organ Festival.

Please consider sponsoring an Academy Student. A sponsorship of $150 covers the cost of tuition, and includes the cost of Festival Registration. A sponsorship ranging from $375-$700+ covers tuition and underwrites accommodation & transportation costs, depending on the student’s place of residence

Do you have questions about the Academy? Would you like to ask about other learning opportunities for organ performance?

Use the buttons below to register, contact us, or to sponsor a student!

Academy Faculty

The Calgary Organ Festival is proud to present two dynamic organists from Alberta:
Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht – Adjunct Professor of Music at The King’s University in Edmonton and University Organist/Professor Emerita at the University of Alberta and Dr. Wendy Markosky – Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Burman University, Lacombe, Alberta.
Many students of Drs. Giesbrecht and Markosky have completed advanced studies in organ performance, competed in national and international competitions, and work as professional musicians around the world. Jason Biel, first prize winner of the Montréal 2017 RCCO National Organ Playing Competition, was a student of both professors!

Depending on the number of students who register for the Academy, additional faculty may be added.

The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) is the professional organization for organists in Canada. It provides support to its members in the development and practice of fine organ and choral performance and sound musicianship, and works to promote these interests in the wider Canadian public.

Our vision: Inspiring connections with organ music.
Our mission: To promote a vibrant and inclusive community that engages more people in the transforming power of the organ and its music.

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