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.
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.
Local Church Services
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 the Student Registration rate for the RCCO 2018 Calgary Organ Festival.
Please consider sponsoring an Academy Student. A sponsorship of $150 covers the cost of tuition. A sponsorship of $375 covers the costs of tuition and Festival Registration. A sponsorship of $700+ covers tuition, Festival Registration, 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?
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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.
Marnie Giesbrecht, organ soloist and collaborative musician (organ, piano, harpsichord), is Adjunct Professor of Music at The King’s University in Edmonton and University Organist/Professor Emerita at the University of Alberta. In 2014, Dr. Giesbrecht was inducted [as a Fellow] into the Royal Society of Canada. With Joachim Segger, Dr. Giesbrecht performs as Duo Majoya (see the Recital on July 5, Calgary Organ Festival). They also direct the music at First Presbyterian Church in Edmonton.
Wendy Markosky is Professor of Music and music department chair at Burman University in Lacombe, AB, and organist of the university church. She holds undergraduate degrees in biology and music, and master’s and doctoral degrees in organ from Indiana University - Bloomington. In addition to solo organ/harpsichord performing, she enjoys ongoing collaborations as organist/harpsichordist with a number of early music groups in Alberta.
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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