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Sunday, July 7

Registration Open

July 7 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Summer Organ Academy Recital

July 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3Y8 Canada
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Concert – In Memory of David MacDonald

July 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Ln
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Z1 Canada
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Featuring:  Peter Togni, Shimon Walt, and Guests

Changing Tides pays tribute to the late organist and choir director, David MacDonald, in this musical tribute by his friend Shimon Walt (cello), his sister, Lorna MacDonald (soprano) and Peter-Anthony Togni (organ) who has composed a new piece, Elegy for David, that will premiere at RCCO 2019 (with support from Arts Nova Scotia). Originally from Cape Breton, David MacDonald attended Dalhousie University and McGill, where he obtained his Master of Music degree in organ performance. He later studied in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain and Daniel Roth, returning to Nova Scotia where he was Director of Music at both Rockingham United and First Baptist Church. He commissioned and premiered new works for organ, and performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, winning the 1999 East Coast Music Award for his recording, David MacDonald Plays the Casavant Organ. Two scholarships bear his name - the RCCO (Halifax) David MacDonald Organ Scholarship and the David MacDonald Bach Scholarship at the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts. The Marvin Duchow Music Library at McGill University is the home of his Organ Music Collection. Diverse Canadian organs are recorded for posterity through the release of eight acclaimed CBC-issued recordings. David MacDonald was just age 51 at the time of his death. Joining in the performance will be Jennifer Jones (violin).

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National Organ Competition Finals

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Ln
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Z1 Canada
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  • RCCO National Organ Competition, open to public, free admission.
  • Semi-finals: 4 competitors 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 St. George’s Round Church, 2222 Brunswick Street. Doors open at 12:30. Schedule: 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Competitor 1, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Competitor 2; Break; 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Competitor 3; 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Competitor 4
  • Finals: 3 competitors, 7-9:45 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Lane. Doors open to public 6:30 p.m. Free admission. 7 - 7:45 p.m. Competitor 1; 7:55-8:40 Competitor 2; 8:50-9:35 Competitor 3. Juror deliberations and announcement following.
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Monday, July 8
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Historic-organ & winery tour in the beautiful Annapolis Valley

July 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Take the bus to Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore, where we’ll make stops at three historic organs for demonstrations and recitals. Included in the day is a stop at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards for a tour, tasting session and delicious meal. Recitalists Maureen MacLean  @ St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Auburn Ken Hassell @ First Cornwallis United Baptist Church, Upper Canard John Scott @ Manning Chapel, Acadia University, Wolfville Winery Tour/Lunch Lightfoot and Wolfville Vineyards, Wolfville

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Registration Open

July 8 @ 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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(Ambassatour buses leave for Annapolis Valley tour)

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Exhibits Open (Admiral Room)

July 8 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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RCCO National Council Meeting (The Great Hall)

July 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Ln
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Z1 Canada
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Denis Bédard – In Concert

July 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z2 Canada
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7:30 p.m.: Buses leave from The Lord Nelson Hotel destined for St. Matthew’s United Church Reception following at St. Matthew’s. 10:30 p.m.: Buses leave from St. Matthew's destined for The Lord Nelson Hotel. Buy Tickets Now

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Exhibits Open (Admiral Room)

July 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Tuesday, July 9

Registration Open (Admiral Room)

July 9 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Workshop – Fred Graham – “Musical Intersections With the Revised Common Lectionary”

July 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3Y8 Canada
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"Musical Intersections With the Revised Common Lectionary"

  • How the 3-year scheme of readings invites a rich musical response.
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Exhibits Open (Admiral Room)

July 9 @ 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Recital – Stephen Candow and Alan Klaus (trumpet)

July 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3Y8 Canada
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Buses leave for the Lord Nelson Hotel shortly after the recital has completed. Buy Tickets Now

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Festival Buffet Luncheon (Regency Ballroom)

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Registration Open (Admiral Room)

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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RCCO Annual General Meeting

July 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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In the Regency Ballroom

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Recital / Workshop – Stillman Matheson

July 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
St. Georges’ Anglican Church, 2222 Brunswick St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 2Z3 Canada
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From Student To Teacher and Back Again

  • an exploration of the personal and professional matters as they relate to organ teaching
  • how excellent teachers can help shape careershow can we fulfill the educational mandate of the RCCO in order to ensure a bright future for the pipe organ
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Choral Evensong – Garth MacPhee and the Choir of St. Georges

July 9 @ 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
St. Georges’ Anglican Church, 2222 Brunswick St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 2Z3 Canada
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Buses leave for the Lord Nelson Hotel shortly after the session is completed.

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RCCO Board of Directors’ Dinner Meeting

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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(The Arms Public House @ The Lord Nelson Hotel) 7:30 p.m.: Buses leave for First Baptist Church

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Registration Open (Admiral Room)

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Hymn Festival – Fred Graham – Changing Tides, Changing Hymns – 1919-2019

July 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3Y8 Canada
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9:30 p.m.: Buses leave for Lord Nelson Hotel

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Exhibits Open (Admiral Room)

July 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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RCCO President’s Reception

July 9 @ 9:45 pm - 11:15 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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In the Georgian Lounge

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Wednesday, July 10

Registration Open

July 10 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Workshop – Rachel Laurin

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z2 Canada
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An Improvisation Master-Class- Talk&Play

  • "If you play the organ, you are an improviser. This workshop will get you discovering your inner gift for improvisation!"
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Exhibits Open

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Organ Masterclass – Denis Bedard

July 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z2 Canada
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Performing the Works of Denis Bédard. Open to registrants of the RCCO 2019 National Convention, Halifax, NS. Participants are invited to perform works of Denis Bédard and receive informed feedback on their playing, interpretation, use of registration, etc., from M. Bédard. This class is limited to five participants and the choice of performers will be confirmed by the Convention Committee. Each participant will have the opportunity to practice on the master class instrument prior to the session. Denis Bédard Master…

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Convocation Rehearsal (Lunch provided)

July 10 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z2 Canada
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Lunch Break (registrants not involved in Convocation rehearsal)

July 10 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z2 Canada
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Registration Open

July 10 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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RCCO Convocation

July 10 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z2 Canada
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Choral Workshop – Stephen Candow

July 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z2 Canada
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Upon completion, buses leave for the Lord Nelson Hotel

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Registration Open

July 10 @ 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Festival Banquet

July 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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In the Regency Ballroom. 7:30 p.m.: Buses leave for St. Matthew’s United Church

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Concert – Organized Crime Duo – Sarah Svendsen and Rachel Mahon

July 10 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z2 Canada
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Exhibits Open

July 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Cash Bar Reception

July 10 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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In the Georgian Room

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Thursday, July 11

Registration Open

July 11 @ 8:00 am - 8:30 am
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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RCCO College Service

July 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Ln
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Z1 Canada
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8:30 a.m.: Buses leave for the Cathedral

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Exhibits Open

July 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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Workshop – Ow, it Hurts! – Sarah Svendsen

July 11 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am
Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Ln
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Z1 Canada
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The reduction and preventions of instrument-related musculoskeletal injuries  for organists and keyboardists.

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Lunch Break

July 11 @ 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
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Registration Open

July 11 @ 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2 Canada
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President’s Advisory Council Meeting

July 11 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Ln
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Z1 Canada
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In the Great Hall. (Catered luncheon for the Council meeting)

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Recital – Donald Hunt

July 11 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Ln
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Z1 Canada
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2:30 p.m. - Busses leave for St. James Anglican Church

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Workshop – Good Vibrations: An Audio Exploration of Organ Sound

July 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, 2668 Joseph Howe Drive
Halifax, Nova scotia B3L 4E4 Canada
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Presenter: Andrew Forrest (Artistic Director for Orques Letourneau Limite) 4:15 p.m.: Buses leave for St. James’ Anglican Church

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Recital – Craig Humber

July 11 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
St. James’ Anglican Church, 2668 Joseph Howe Drive
Halifax, Nova scotia B3L 4E4 Canada
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Recital supported by a grant from the Godfrey Hewitt Scholarship Fund.
5:30 p.m.: Buses leave for the Lord Nelson Hotel

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RCCO Centre Presidents’ Dinner

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Festival Concert – Rachel Laurin

July 11 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Ln
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Z1 Canada
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7:30 p.m.: Buses leave for the Cathedral Guest performer: Karen Rokos, harp   ( Concert presented In Memory of Mervin Mowry Costigan ) Buy Tickets Now

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Festival Closing Reception

July 11 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Ln
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Z1 Canada
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In the Great Hall. 10:30 p.m.: Buses leave for the Lord Nelson Hotel

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