Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

Organ Instruction

Private Lessons
Instruction on the MRU Conservatory's 3-manual Létourneau pipe organ for students of all levels and ages. There is no audition for credit-free instruction. If we have a suitable teacher-student match for your needs and goals, you will be invited to commence instruction. If we have no current teacher availability you can opt to be placed on a waiting list.

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Advanced Performance Program
Students of the pipe organ can participate in the Academy for Gifted Youth's Advanced Performance Program. The program offers advanced level musicians an opportunity to focus intensively on performance studies in a highly inspiring atmosphere.

Custom-designed intensive courses
Organists resident outside of the Calgary area may consider designing a short-term intensive program of organ instruction and practice in consultation with our Faculty members. This program is particularly suited to those who are preparing for an exam or other performance without regular access to a teacher. We can custom design a program suited to your availability and needs: e.g. one day, two days, a long weekend, or a week etc. Instruction is generally available from September through June, although please contact us well in advance for potential availability: conservatory@mtroyal.ca or call 403.440.5648.

Distance learning
We offer instruction at a distance (both for private pipe organ lessons, and training for the written requirements of organ exams) using internet technology. For further information please contact us: conservatory@mtroyal.ca or call 403.440.5648. 


Church Music Studies
We offer instruction during private lessons and classes in traditional church music idioms appropriate to the pipe organ: hymns, choral accompaniments, preludes and postludes, as well as training in related keyboard skills such as sight-reading and transposition.

Church musicians are often asked to provide alternatives to traditional music within services. As a result, we are able to arrange instruction on a case-by-case basis in contemporary styles; jazz piano, vocal jazz, and the art of arranging for instrumental groups. These areas are taught by other members of the Conservatory faculty. 


Examinations
According to the individual needs of each student, we prepare candidates for the examinations of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Exam entry is not a requirement for our students — we treat each student as an individual and set goals accordingly.

For examinations which require music history and theory components, we can arrange instruction in MRU Conservatory's Music Theory, History and Composition study area.


The Carthy Organ

Carthy Organ in Wyatt Hall


Mount Royal's Carthy Organ in Wyatt Hall is a three-manual, mechanical action teaching instrument with an electronic combination memory card system. Created by Orgues Létourneau, the organ reflects time-honoured traditions in its craftsmanship and exceptional voice and tone. Measuring 20 feet in height by 19 feet in width, the organ has three polished bone and rosewood manuals and a maple and rosewood pedal board. Hand-carved, solid-oak cabinetry houses 29 ranks of pipes – more than 1,600 polished alloy and wood pipes in total – and 27 stops.

Great (Unenclosed, 61 notes)Feet Pedal (Radiating and concave, 32 notes)Feet
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2.

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7.
 
Bourdon

Montre

Flûte à cheminée

Prestant

Doublette

Fourniture

Trompette
16

8

8

4

2

IV

8
22.

23.

24.

25.

26.

27.
Soubasse

Principal

Bourdon

Basse de Chorale

Bombarde

Trompette
16

8

8

4

16

8
Swell (Enclosed, 61 notes)Couplers
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16.
Bourdon

Viole de gambe

Voix celeste (TC)

Flûte Conique

Nazard

Flûte à bec

Tierce

Basson

Hautbois
8

8

8

4

2 2/3

2

1 3/5

16

8
 Great to Pedal

Positiv to Great

Swell to Pedal

Swell to Positiv

Positiv to Pedal

Swell to Great
Tremulant
 
 
Positiv (Unenclosed, 61 notes) 
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18.

19.

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21.
Bourdon

Flûte à fuseau

Principal

Larigot

Cromorne
8

4

2

1 1/3

8

 
Tremulant