When & Where

Announcing the 2022 Summer Organ Academy! Featuring an innovative new curriculum, the 2022 Academy offers a wide range of learning opportunities for beginning to advanced organists across four programs of study. Each program provides an excellent opportunity to practice and learn new skills in a welcoming environment with fellow organists and esteemed instructors.

All programs will take place from July 10 - July 15, 2022 in Montréal, Québec.

Registration for all programs is open until May 15, 2022. Spaces are limited, enrol today to ensure your spot. More exciting faculty announcements will be coming soon!

Summer Organ Academy Curriculum Designer & Program Coordinator: Sarah Svendsen

Participant Feedback (2021)

  • "The 2021 [ARCCO Examination Preparation program], taught by Dr. Aaron James, was a fascinating dive into the wide variety of topics and skills that the exam touches on."
  • "[The Church Organist program, led by Valerie Hall] was a welcome professional development opportunity for those of us providing music for weekly church services."
  • "[The Youth Organist program], led by Sarah Svendsen, was an amazing experience. It was highly inspiring and very helpful... It was overall a new and very positive experience, and I’d look forward to doing it again!"

Paul Grimwood Scholarship

Awarded annually, the Paul Grimwood Scholarship was established to honour and perpetuate the legacy of Paul Grimwood’s thirty-nine years as Organist and Choirmaster of Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, by nurturing the development of a student organist. An award of up to $500.00 will be granted annually for ten years, beginning in 2018, to a student enrolled in the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Summer Organ Academy. The intention of the award is to offset costs incurred by the student to attend the Summer Organ Academy.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student organist who demonstrates proficiency in organ playing and a keen interest in further development as an organist. To qualify, the student must:

    • be a Canadian citizen
    • be aged 24 years or less on July 1 in the year of the award
    • be a member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists
    • attend the Summer Organ Academy in the year of the award

The application form is available here.

We are deeply grateful to our generous supporters of the Summer Organ Academy: