Do you know where the world’s largest fully-operational organ is? Philadelphia! And it calls the Grand Court at Macy’s home for the last 110 years.
The Wanamaker Organ, designed by architect George Ashdown Audsley, first made its appearance at the St. Louis World Fair in 1904. After this appearance the organ sat in storage until 1909 when … [more]
On July 4th, La Société des orgues de Maisonneuve presented their first concert of the 2020-2021 season at Très-Saint-Nom-de-Jésus Church in partnership with the Canadian International Organ Competition, “Place aux Jeunes”. Spectators were … [more]
The CIOC and our Bach-Mobile recently made a stop at the Externat Sacré-Cœur in Rosemère! Joined by Jean-Willy Kunz, Mária Budáčová and Nicholas Capozzoli, the trio performed on the organ of the school and on the Bach-Mobile. This unique event, as part … [more]
Read our interview with Maria Gajraj below & scroll down to see how you can be our next featured organist!
What is your first memory of the organ? When I was a small child, I was a close friend of our church organist’s daughter. After the services, we would explore all the secret nooks and crannies of the organ loft, and I was always so fascinated by the … [more]
The Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) and La Fabrique de l’Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste are proud to announce a new partnership. Beginning this summer, the CIOC will be gradually assuming responsibility for the cultural activities taking place at the historic church as well as the adjoining Saint-Louis Chapel. Such activities include … [more]
The Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC), in collaboration with the Granby Zoo and the RCCO Organ Festival Canada Hamilton 2021, is proud to announce the filming at Granby Zoo of an organ performance by Jean-Willy Kunz. Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Le Carnaval des animaux” … [more]
The CIOC presents Le Dialogue des Casavants the 21st of June
The concert features two previous CIOC finalists, including Mária Budáčová (finalist, 2014 and 2017) and Nicholas Capozzoli (3rd-Prize winner, 2017), performing repertoire on both organs by John Williams, Alfred Hollins, J.S. Bach, and Eugène Gigout’s Grand chœur dialogué.
The concert highlights the two organs in the … [more]
Read our interview with Shin-Young Lee below & scroll down to see how you can be our next featured organist!
What is your first memory of the organ? My first memory of the organ was in Korea at Torch Center. It was a surprising and mystical experience discovering that a mammoth instrument as large as a building was controlled by a woman (who herself was quite small) and filled the whole concert hall with the sound of the organ. Not only that, but I was once again amazed at the colorful … [more]