The RCCO Kingston Centre is pleased to offer organ scholarships for working organists, students, and those curious about the organ, to study with a qualified instructor.
The Scholarship Application Form may be downloaded and printed. Scholarship applications must be submitted directly to the Scholarship Secretary.
For more information, telephone or email:
Ms. Beverly Koski,
RCCO Kingston Scholarship Secretary
St. John’s Anglican Church
41 Church Street
Kingston, ON K7M 1K8
(613) 546-9733 or
Download a printable application form here.
Deadline for Applications is March 31st.
Auditions will be in April. Candidates will be notified by e-mail.
The purpose of these scholarships is twofold: to encourage pianists to take up the organ, and to assist those who are already playing the organ in a church but without formal training, by offering them a series of free organ lessons.
Each scholarship is of the value of $450 - $500 (10-one hour lessons). Each award will be paid on the recipient’s behalf to an approved organ teacher of the student’s choice who has agreed to take the recipient as a student. Scholarships may be renewed twice at the discretion of the jury and subject to availability of funds.
The preferred candidate will be a pianist of at least Grade 8 standard who has not yet had any formal instruction on the organ, and who is either playing for a church or hoping to do so. If sufficient scholarships are available, consideration may be given to:
- students who are playing for a church but who do not meet the Grade 8 standard of proficiency in piano-playing;
- students who have had a few organ lessons.
Candidates will be selected by a Jury consisting of the Chair of the Kingston RCCO Centre and two professional organ teachers appointed by the Centre.
Selection will be by audition to be held after the submission deadline. Qualified applicants will be informed by e-mail of the time and place of their auditions.
Candidates will be required to play:
- one piece from List A (Baroque Repertoire) of the Royal Conservatory Syllabus for Grade 8 Piano, or another piece from the Baroque period of equivalent or higher standard;
- a second piece of Grade 8 standard or higher, and in contrasting style;
- a simple sight-reading test.
Candidates should be prepared to supply an original copy of each piece (NOT photocopied) to the Jury.
Applicants are asked to submit, along with their applications, a brief statement explaining why they are interested in the organ and how they hope to utilize their skill in the future. Applicants are also asked to include information about their musical training and experience. In making the awards, the Jury will take into account:
- the degree of interest in the organ and church music,
- present proficiency at the piano,
- the amount of time the applicant will be able to devote to organ practice, and
- the availability of an instrument to practice on.
The organ lessons must commence within six months of the award and completed within one year.
The following are the organ teachers in the area served by the Centre who have agreed to accept scholarship students:
- Michael Capon, MMus, ARCT, ARCCO, Organist at St. George’s Cathedral, tel: 613.548.4617, or contact him by
- Aurora Dokken, BMus, MMus, PhD (ABD), EdD, Director, Upper Canada School of Music, tel: 613.546.9868, or contact her by
- Jill Mingo, MMus, BSc, CRCCO, ARCT (Organ Performance), ARCT (Piano Performance), Director of Music at St. Andrew’s by-the-Lake United Church, tel: 613.549.4085, or contact her by
- Terry Head, MSM, BMus, ARCT (performance and teaching), Director of Music, Bridge Street United Church, tel: 613.962.9178 ext. 74, or contact him by
- Brad Mills, BMus, ARCT (performance), ARCCO (performance), Director of Music, St. Paul’s United Church, tel: 613.267.2973 or contact him by
Other professionally qualified organ teachers may be approved at the discretion of the Executive Committee of the Centre.
The following scholarships are usually available from the Kingston Centre:
- The Sister Emily Doherty CND Organ Scholarship is given by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston for a beginning organ student within the Archdiocese who would like to play in a Roman Catholic parish. (2015-16 — Rachel Hacault)
- The S. Alec Gordon Scholarship, given to a beginning organist by Bridge Street United Church, Belleville, in honour of their former organist, S. Alec Gordon, who served for 43 years, until 1980. (not awarded every year)
- The Margaret McKendry Scholarship, for beginning organists, is given by Glenburnie United Church to honour their organist and choir director, Margaret McKendry, who has been in the position at Glenburnie United Church for over sixty years! (2015-16 — Kathryn Jonker)
- The Four Winds Presbytery Scholarship is offered to a beginning organist by the Four Winds Presbytery of the United Church of Canada. (2015-16 — Melissa Goudeseune)
- The Four Rivers Presbytery Scholarship is offered to a beginning organist by the Four Rivers Presbytery of the United Church of Canada. (2015-16 — Tyanna Craig)
- The Ted Brown Memorial Scholarship is given by the local centre to a beginning organist. It is named for Edward Brown, former assistant organist at St. Mary’s Cathedral, accompanist and improviser and a loved member of the Kingston Centre.
- The Sisters of Providence Scholarship is given to honor all Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul who have served as liturgical musicians and organists and who have fostered others to do so in the Archdiocese of Kingston. It is intended for, but not limited to, a beginning organist who wishes to minister in a Roman Catholic setting. (2015-16 — Madison Compeau)
- The National RCCO Organ Scholarship is awarded to a beginning student of organ who shows promise as an organist and church musician. (2015-16 — Shanna Fong)