The Canadian International Organ Competition

Our Mission

The Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) is a world-renowned International Cultural Organization whose objective is to promote the beautiful art of organ music through competitions, festivals, concerts, educational activities, and monetary and professional support to emerging artists. 

Every three years, the CIOC organizes an international competition in which a prestigious jury representing various countries awards more than $100,000 in prizes to a selection of the best young organists in the world. Every year in October, the CIOC presents a major festival featuring performances by world-class concert organists and previous competition prizewinners.

Seeking to actively participate in cultural life, the CIOC presents a program of year-round activities in collaboration with various arts organisations, including the Canada-wide concert series The Organ Takes its Place (l’Orgue et son lieu). These musical and educational activities are designed to highlight the cultural importance of pipe organs – treasures of our heritage – to a wide and diverse audience.

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