Newsletters

The Centre no longer publishes a print newsletter, but sends out weekly notices by e-mail.

The official journal of the College is its quarterly Organ Canada/Orgue Canada, ISSN 1486-2492. The former official journal, the monthly The American Organist, published by the American Guild of Organists, and a selection of other organ and choir journals, are available to members at group rates.


Articles From Past Issues


News Nuggets

September 2017

Michael Jarvis has been appointed Director of Music at St Barnabas' Church.

Victoria Beauchesne has been appointed Director of Music at St Matthias Church.

2016 Hart Scholarship recipient Esther-Ruth Teel begins organ studies at U of T.

July 2017

Brendon Johnson student member from Courtenay, BC, received the Colleague Diploma (CRCCO).

Donald Hunt has assumed the post of Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, following several years as Assistant Organist at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh.

April 2017

Canon Michael Gormley has retired as Dirctor of Music of Christ Church Cathedral, and has been appointed Director Emeritus.

September 2014

Dr. Adam Jonathan Con, choral music education professor at UVic, has been appointed Director of Music at St Barnabas' Church.

January 2014

Nicholas Fairbank has been appointed Director of Music at First Unitarian Church of Victoria.

August 2013

Jerry McDonald has retired from St Barnabas' Anglican Church after 20 years. Douglas Hodgkinson has retired from St Andrew's Presbyterian Church after 20 years.

May 2013

Centre Life Member Ian Galliford has died at the age of 96.

January 2010

David Stratkauskas has returned from England to take on the post of Director of Music at Church of St. John the Divine.

August 2009

Gordon R.F. McKay died on August 29 following a long illness.

April 2009

Robert H. Pletsch died on April 22 following a long illness. He was Director of Music for the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist since 1994, and of St. Barnabas for seven years before that.

September 2008

The organ of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist, rebuilt by Grant Smalley, was heard in a dedicatory recital by Brian Carson, a former pupil of the Cathedral's Director of Music, Robert Pletsch.

August 2008

Robert Kwan received his DMA from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester NY, and took a full time position with Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport CT.

January 2008

Sarah MacDonald, Director of Music in Chapel, Selwyn College, Cambridge for the past nine years, has added a twelve-month post as Acting Director of the Girl's Choir at Ely Cathedral.

July 2006

Kevin Dill has assumed the post of Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Meadville, Pennsylvania. This is a full-time position with a 900 member church, with two Sunday services, three choirs, three handbell choirs, a 46-rank, 3-manual Schlicker. Fortunately, the job comes with an Assistant.

Kevin received a BMus degree in organ performance from UVic in 2002 and an MMus from the University of Alberta in 2005.

October 2005

Christ Church Cathedral's new four-manual tracker organ from Wolff & Associés was dedicated at a festal evensong on Oct. 9, and inaugurated with a recital on Oct. 12.

Former member Kathleen Edge has been appointed organist of St. Andrew's RC Cathedral, leaving First Baptist Church after many years. She was active on the Centre's Executive Committee in the 1980s.

March 2005

The Centre paid a second visit to Hellmuth Wolff's work site at Christ Church Cathedral, where his 4m opus 47 is being erected. The main case is complete and the façade pipes are in. The Rückpositiv division is still in production at the shop.

January 2005

A second truckload of components for Christ Church Cathedral's new organ arrived on January 24, after transmission trouble in Calgary and a wait of five days with several hundred other trucks for the weather to clear through the Rocky Mountains.

October 2004

The Reul-Zastre Ensemble welcomed a fourth member, boy soprano Stephen Joseph Paul Zastre.

June 2004

Installation of the new 4-manual tracker organ for Christ Church has begun. See the Cathedral's Music Endowment Fund site for pictures.

April 2004

David Berry has been appointed honourary curator of the Pemberton Chapel organ, Royal Jubilee Hospital. The instrument is a Casavant house-organ donated by John and Muriel Shaw at the time of the chapel restoration.

January 2004

Garth MacPhee has left St. John the Divine to persue further studies at McGill University, and has been appointed Director of Music at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church across from Place des Arts.

Former member Fr. Charles Wallace is now Chaplain of St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York, following several years as Succentor of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

October 2003

Susanne Reul-Zastre has been appointed organist of St. Luke's Anglican Church.