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How does the organ work, and how does the organ use its many stops to create the classic ‘organ sounds’ that imitate the sound of various instruments of the orchestra ?


Loreto Aramendi will present a practical approach to organ registration on the 1938 Casavant Frères at St James' Anglican Church.  The 75-minute session will focus on
  • Fundamentals of organ registration
  • How to approach the instrument
  • Registering effectively for different uses of the instrument
  • How to discover sounds you never thought your organ was capable of
  • How to best use registration aids : pistons & crescendo pedals

This is a great opportunity to get a closer look at the King of Instruments and how the stops work on the organ.  There are, of course, the standard organ sounds, but things get interesting when using 'mutations' -- and even more interesting with stops that imitate orchestral instruments, including the flute, oboe and even the 15th-century Crumhorn.  And then, there are also buttons, or pistons, positioned below the manual keyboards, which can be used by organists to change registrations.

This workshop is sponsored by the Vancouver Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO).  To learn more about the RCCO, visit

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Artist's Bio

Loreto Aramendi began her musical studies at the Conservatory of San Sebastian, where she obtained advanced degrees in piano, harpsichord, organ, and chamber music. She studied organ at the Conservatoire National Regional de Bayonne, winning a Gold Medal and First Prize. Entering into the National Higher Conservatoire of Lyon (CNSMD), she worked with Jean Boyer, Louis Robilliard, J. Von Oortmersen and Liesbeth Schlumberger, obtaining her National Diploma of Advanced Studies with specialisation in the organ.  

She was awarded scholarships from the local government of Guipuzkoa for two years, as well as from the Lartundo Foundation, and furthered her studies over a period of five years at the National Regional Superior Conservatoire in Paris with Noelle Spieth, receiving the First Prize upon finalising her Advanced Degree in the harpsichord and her General Music Studies Diploma.

Loreto has given recitals at in Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Belgium, UK, and USA, and she has collaborated with the Basque Symphony Orchestra for many years, with which she has recorded two discs. In 2015 she published a double CD recorded on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Basilica of Santa María del Coro with works by César Franck, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and Charles Tournemire, which received the 4 stars award from Choir & Organ magazine and was acclaimed by The Sydney Organ Journal. In 2017 she published another double CD recorded on the Cavaillé-Coll of the Saint Ouen of Rouen Abbey with Louis Robilliard transcriptions acclaimed by the critics ( Choir & Organ, Resmusica, Journal für die Orgel ).  For more information, please visit

About the Royal Canadian College of Organists

The Royal Canadian College of Organists ( RCCO ) is a charitable arts service organisation and the national voice for the organ and its music in Canada.

The RCCO supports, promotes, and celebrates Canada’s organ music community by providing professional development opportunities, youth training programs, promotion of emerging artists, examinations leading to certification, publication of Canadian organ and choral music, scholarships and bursaries, and honorary awards.

The College also provides essential services such as educational resources, communications, and support for church organists and choir directors.

With the National Office in Toronto, the RCCO has 28 local centres in all provinces, with two centres in British Columbia. The Vancouver Centre supports events such as this concert, fine church music and organ playing, and will be able to recommend substitute organists for a church service, a wedding, funeral or other function.

If you care about these arts, whatever your background, skill level or religious affiliation, the College has a place for you. For more information, visit