Our Featured Organist – Maria Gajraj!

CIOC Newsletter (June 29, 2021)

An Interview with Maria Gajraj

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]

Big News from the CIOC!

CIOC Newsletter (June 22, 2021)

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]

To the Bach-Mobile!

CIOC Newsletter (June 15, 2021)

“Le Carnaval des animaux” at Granby Zoo

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 makes its way to Trois-Rivières

CIOC Newsletter (June 8, 2021)

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]

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month with Shin-Young Lee

CIOC Newsletter (May 25, 2021)

An Interview with Shin-Young Lee

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]