The Organ in Canada: Visioning 2020



The Organ in Canada: Visioning 2020

Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010

Call for symposium presentations

Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium, hosted by Mount Royal University, invites proposals for presentations at the upcoming symposium. The symposium seeks to provide a meeting place for the discussion of all topics relating to the role of the organ and the professional activities of organists in the next decade, with particular emphasis on Canada.

A variety of presentation formats and lengths are encouraged, including paper presentations, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations.

Sessions will be broadly grouped into three areas, each considering questions such as the following:


How many organ students will there be in Canada in 2020 and what will we need to teach them?

Liturgical Music

What is the future role of the organ, and organist, in liturgical music?

The Organ as a Solo Concert Instrument

How can we use new technologies to grow, rather than erode concert audiences?

Retrospective studies, such as histories of organ concert series, or studies of instrument rebuilds and renovations as they relate to the changing nature of the role of the organ, are also welcomed.

Keynote sessions on the role and nature of liturgical music will be led by the renowned theologian and workshop presenter, Dr. Marva Dawn.


Proposals should be in the form of an abstract of up to 350 words outlining the content of the presentation, the proposed format and length, and any technical requirements.

Send all materials (preferably by email) to:

Neil Cockburn
Artistic Director, Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium
MRU Conservatory
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6

t. + 1.403.440.5648
f. + 1.403.440.6595

Deadline for receipt of proposals:
Tuesday June 15, 2010

Announcement of programme:
Wednesday June 30, 2010

Symposium keynote speaker

Dr. Marva Dawn