David MacDonald Scholarship

David MacDonald Scholarship Fund

David MacDonald was a long-time member of the Halifax Centre, taught organ at Dalhousie University, was a member of faculty at the Atlantic School of Theology and was a highly-regarded organist and teacher in general. During 1985, David performed the entire organ works of J. S. Bach. Sadly, he passed away in the summer of 2003.

In 2014 as a tribute to David, the Halifax Centre of the RCCO renamed its scholarship fund to the “David MacDonald Organ Scholarship Fund.”

This scholarship-fund was established to help pianists and organists improve their playing of hymns and organ repertoire, their accompanying of anthems and their general organ-playing technique.

The scholarships are awarded annually, usually in the fall, and provide for 8 private organ lessons during the academic year (September to May) with one of the approved teachers in Halifax .  Applicants do not have to be members of the RCCO but are certainly encouraged be members.  The funding is paid directly to the teachers after the lessons have been given. 

Teachers: Wayne Rogers, Shawn Whynot

To apply, complete the Scholarship Application (PDF opens in a new tab).

Scholarship Winners

2019-2020
Ria Kim and Mark MacKenzie

2018-2019
Mi Hee Kong, Rebecca Mader, Emanuel Serra, Emmanuel Solomon, and Daniel Sutherland

2017-2018
Diemo Landgraf and Marianne Rissesco

2016-2017
Natalie Berry, Emma Cameron, and Isabelle Riche

2015-2016
Matthew Fraser, John Lindsay-Botten, and Kim Tan-MacNeil

2014-2015
Leah Collins-Lipsett, Martha Healy, Andrea Mathis, and Nalani Perry
Please note: Nalani Perry declined the scholarship, so it was transferred to Willem Blois

2013-2014
Faith Daley, Freeman Dryden, George Robertson, and Eva Troje