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About Us

The Royal Canadian College of Organists is Canada's oldest association of musicians and was founded in 1909 as an education and service organization. Today, the RCCO is a nationwide community of professional and amateur organists, church musicians, choral conductors, and others sharing an interest in the organ.

RCCO programs and conventions offer opportunities to hear and meet world class recitalists and clinicians from Canada and abroad, to participate in workshops on a wide variety of topics, and to discuss subjects of mutual interest with friends and colleagues.  


Our members including from professional musicians holding various positions in education institutions/parishes to students, providing important services in the local music community. 

Please see the national RCCO site for general College information.

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Remembering Douglas

The Centre's friend and colleague, Douglas Adams, passed away Friday, September 1st, 2023. Douglas was a long-time executive member and served as our webmaster for many years. He will be missed.

See Douglas's Obituary Below.

Obituary: Douglas H. Adams

Douglas Henry Adams, age 67, of Victoria, British Columbia passed away peacefully on Friday, September 1, 2023 after dealing bravely with cancer. A memorial service will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on Saturday September 23, 2023 @ 4PM, this will be followed by a light reception in the hall. We are grateful for the care given by RJH staff, and the friendship of his RCCO friends and members of the St. Barnabas community who were present for his last few days.

In lieu of flowers please consider a financial contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society to help find cures for this nasty killer.

Our Members

Updated October 2023

Douglas Adams*, Dipl. Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Dr. Steven Benson, D.C., B.Sc

Curt Bergen, B.Mus, ARCT, MCM

Music Director, St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church

David Berry, B.A.


James Burchill, M.A, M.Mus, Ph.D, FRCO(CHM), FRCCO, FRHCM

Organist Emeritus: Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax NS

Neil Cardew-Fanning, M.Mus

Peter Cartwright, MechEng M&Qb

Thomas J. Chase, Ph.D., B.A.Hons, LTCL, FRCCO(hon)

Vice-President Academic and Principal, BC Campus, Yorkville University

John Coenraads, M.Sc, B.Ed

David Cox, B.A. 

Music Director, Trinity Anglican Lutheran Church (Port Alberni B.C.)

Dryden, Freeman, B.A., B.Ed., Dipl.ME

Organist, St. Paul's Anglican Church (Nanaimo B.C.)

Robert Dukarm, AVCM, B.Mus

Director of Music, Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist 

Corinne Dutton, M.Mus., B.Mus.

Kathleen Edge, B.A., B.Ed.(Sec), B.Mus., M.Mus., ARCT

(Retired)Assistant Director of Music, St. Andrew's Cathedral

Amiel Elfert

Organ Scholar, Christ Church Cathedral

John Evans, ARCT

Sandra Fletcher, ARCT, FRCCO(Ch)

Interim Director of Music, Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels

(Kelowna, B.C.) 

Andrew Fraser, B.Sc., B.Ed, CRCCO

Dorothy Froese, B.Mus.

Music Director, Centennial United Church

Irwin Henderson, B.A.

Nell Howard, B.Ed, ARCT (piano)

Music Director, Church of the Advent

Donald G. Hunt, B.Mus, M.Mus., ARCCO, FRCO

Director of Music, Christ Church Cathedral


Brendon Johnson, M.A., B.Mus., CRCCO

Norma Kobald, B.Mus.

Rosemary Laing, B.MusEd, ARCCO

Instructor, University of Victoria

Provincial Carilloneur

Corinne MacDonald, B.Mus., A.Mus., M.Ed.

Sarah MacDonald, M.A., FRCO, ARSCM

Director of Music, Selwyn College, Cambridge UK

Director of Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir

Jean McClennan, B.A., B.Com.

Dr. Mark McDonald, D.Mus, Art. Dip.

Assistant Director of Music, Christ Church Cathedral

Instructor of Organ, University of Victoria

David Palmer, M.Mus, FRCCO(hon)

Music Director, St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church

The Rev. Peter Parker, B.A., M.Div.

Centre Chaplain

Angelique Po, B.Mus.

Assistant Organist, St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church

(Vancouver, B.C.)

Christine Purvis, B.Mus., M.LS

Director of Music, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Ryan Qu, B.Mus., B.Ed., CRCCO

Interim Assistant Director of Choir, St. Andrew's Cathedral

Choral Clinician, Peace Lutheran Church

Susanne Reul-Zastre, B.Mus., M.Mus., ARCCO

Director of Music, St. Luke's Anglican Church

Neala St. Hilaire, B.Mus.

Organ Steward, Pemberton Memorial Chapel

David Stratkauskas, B.Mus, M.A., ARCO

Director of Music, Church of St. John the Divine

Artistic Director, Vox Humana Chamber Choir

Lawrence Surges, B.Mus.

Music Director, St. Peter & St. Paul Anglican Church

Jenny Vincent, B.Mus., B.Ed.

Music Director, St. Andrew's United Church (Nanaimo B.C.)

Natalya Wautier

Zachary Windus, B.A., M.Mus.

Stephen Wittman

The Organ Guy – Organ Repair and Maintenance

*Deceased member

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