The Centre publishes for its members an excellent monthly-ish newsletter, Pro Organo, containing news items, articles, an event calendar and member ads.
Non-members may subscribe to Pro Organo for $20 per year. To subscribe, send a cheque payable to "RCCO Victoria Centre" to:
Treasurer, RCCO Victoria
1001 Ridgeway St.
Victoria, BC V8X 3C2
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.
David Stratkauskas has returned from England to take on the post of Director of Music at Church of St. John the Divine.
Gordon R.F. McKay died on August 29 following a long illness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Reul-Zastre Ensemble welcomed a fourth member, boy soprano Stephen Joseph Paul Zastre.
Installation of the new 4-manual tracker organ for Christ Church has begun. See the Cathedral's Music Endowment Fund site for pictures.
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.
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.
Susanne Reul-Zastre has been appointed organist of St. Luke's Anglican Church.