Posted: June 9, 2021

The AGM was held on Monday, June 7th, at which the Executive team for 2021-2022 was elected. The organization and members of the new team are listed here.

Posted: June 4, 2021

Mark your calendars! Saturday, August 21stPatrick Salah is to be ordained at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Halifax. Further details to be available soon.

Posted: May 29, 2021

OFC 2021 Logo CroppedThis year, the Canadian organ festival is taking place Sunday, August 8th to Friday, August 13th. It is based in Hamilton but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and given the success of the festival last year during the pandemic, it will be taking place virtually (online) again this year. Registration is now open. To see the details and to register, please visit the Organ Festival Canada 2021 website.


Posted: May 18, 2021

We are pleased to announce that the RCCO Halifax Centre’s first event of 2021-22 season is scheduled for Sat. Sept. 18th, 2021:

A daytrip to Varnus Hall in Brooklyn, N.S. – host: Xaver Varnus

Restrictions allowing, Halifax Centre members will meet in Bridgewater for 11:30 lunch, and arrive at Varnus Hall around 1:30 for tour at 2 pm.  Members are encouraged to bring music to play on this historic Casavant, at Xaver’s request.    More information on address and directions will follow in summer. Details in Upcoming Events.

Posted: April 24, 2021

Due to the restrictions recently imposed by the Nova Scotia Department of Health to control the spread of COVID-19, we cannot hold our second “Virtually Organ – Armchair Travel” event on May 2nd as planned. As many were looking forward to this event, we will try to have it later in the year when conditions are suitable. We will post plans here as they become available.

Posted: April 21, 2021

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been scheduled for Monday, June 7, 7:00pm via Zoom.

Posted: March 9, 2021

Three videos from the first workshop, Hymn Playing 101, of two workshops in our series, Virtually Organ – Armchair Travel, are now available on our YouTube channel.

The second workshop will be on Sunday, May 2nd, 7:30pm (Atlantic Time). See upcoming events for more detail.

Posted: January 5, 2021

Schedule Updates

  1. Our list of upcoming events has been updated.
  2. The meeting of the Halifax Centre executive has been changed from Jan 10 to Sunday, Jan 24.
Posted: November 28, 2020

Advent and Christmas series: ‘Sound the Note of Gladness’

Through Advent to Christmas, the RCCO Halifax Centre will present organ and choral music on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. In this time when we cannot be together as we normally would, we hope that these offerings bring you comfort and joy.

Facebook page   •   YouTube channel

Posted: November 28, 2020

We now have a YouTube channel!

The Halifax Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists is now on YouTube. Click the link below to visit the channel and don’t forget to subscribe! Over the next few weeks, we’ll upload videos from past events as well as ones that are forthcoming, including our Advent and Christmas series: Sound the Note of Gladness

YouTube Channel: RCCO Halifax Centre

Posted: October 26, 2020

Halloween and other Centre Events

🎃 On Saturday, October 31st, 2020, Centre President, Wayne Rogers, and Program Chair, Lynette Wahlstrom, will be hosting a fun Zoom-meeting for Centre members. Participating in costume is recommended! See Upcoming Events for more details.

🎄 Restrictions on social-gatherings being what they are at this time, it won’t be possible to have the traditional Centre carol service in the Cathedral as we have for so many years. As it is such an important occasion for our Centre, the Program Committee is working on a celebratory event we can hold within the limits of the pandemic for social gathering. Further details will be provided as they become available.

What other events we will be able have this fiscal year have yet to be determined.

Posted: August 27, 2020

Diaconal Ordination of Patrick Salah

On August 15th at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica in Halifax, Patrick Salah was ordained deacon of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth. Music for this milestone in Patrick’s journey to the priesthood was provided by organist, Shawn Whynot, and a quartet of singers. 

The event was live-streamed but can be seen again here.

Posted: June 28, 2020

Helen Skuggedal Memorial Scholarships Presentation
Margaret Machum reads message from primary sponsor of the Skuggedal Scholarships, June 28, 2020

On the rainy afternoon of Sunday, June 28th, Wayne Rogers (President), Margaret Machum (Past President), Shawn Whynot (Chair, Scholarships Committee) and the two scholarship winners, Gabriel O’Brien and Matthew Fraser, gathered in Flynn Park in Halifax for the scholarship-presentations to take place with appropriate physical-distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the absence of the primary prize-donor, Margaret read the donor’s statement to the group. Despite the light rain and unusual conditions for a presentation, it was a very happy gathering.

For more pictures and details, see our Facebook post.

Posted: June 5, 2020

“Sundays at 2”

At 2pm each Sunday in June, a short video of pieces played on the organ, piano and possibly other instruments will be posted on the Facebook page of the RCCO Halifax Centre. Further details are available here.

Posted: June 2, 2020

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The AGM for all members was held at 7pm on Monday, June 1st.  Because of the restrictions on meetings imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held via teleconference using ZOOM. 

Among other things, the new Executive committee for the 2020/2021 fiscal year was installed. Retiring members of the committee, including our President of the last few years, Margaret Machum, were thanked for their contributions. New members, including our new President, Wayne Rogers, were welcomed.

Posted: February 4, 2020

In Memoriam

The Royal Canadian College of Organists, Halifax Centre is devastated to learn about the unexpected loss of Jean-François Mailhot as the result of a multi-vehicle accident in Cape Breton on February 2, 2020. We thank Jean-Francois for his many, many contributions to the Halifax organ community. During this difficult and unexpected time, we know that his colleagues and friends in the Halifax Centre will keep his family and friends in their thoughts. 

Posted: January 7, 2020

In Memoriam
RCCO, Halifax Centre acknowledges, with regret, the recent passing of
A. Patricia Hannigan Gardnerose on December 14, 2019

Posted: October 1, 2019

In Memoriam

RCCO, Halifax Centre acknowledges, with regret, the recent passing of two Maritime organists.

Hugh Creighton
St Alban’s Church, Dartmouth, NS and longtime member of Halifax Centre died September 21, 2019.

David Drinkell
Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton, NB died September 29, 2019.