John Grew is the founding Artistic Director of the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOCM.org), and Professor Emeritus at McGill University where he taught for over forty years. He is the founding director of the McGill Summer Organ Academy from 1997 to 2015, and he established the university’s early music program. He has been in the forefront of the mechanical-action organ revival in North America having followed Kenneth Gilbert in 1967 to the position of titular organist of the Beckerath organ in Queen Mary Road Church. This is the instrument you are hearing today and it was the first modern mechanical-action organ in a Canadian church. Later he collaborated with organ builder Hellmuth Wolff in the planning of the French Classical organ for Redpath Hall which was inaugurated in 1981. From 1991 to 1996 he was Dean of Music at McGill.

John Grew has concertized extensively in North America and Europe, and he has been guest recitalist for major conventions and festivals. Recent concerts in Europe have taken him to Aberdeen, St. Andrew’s, Bordeaux, Erfurt, Dresden, Lausanne, and Stockholm. He has made numerous broadcast recordings for the CBC, as well as Radio-France, RTBF (Belgium), and German Radio.  He has recorded works of Buxtehude, Hambraeus, Bach and Daquin for McGill Records, and more recently the complete works of Nicolas de Grigny and symphonies of Widor for ATMA Classique. 

He holds several honorary doctorates, and in 2010 he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from McGill.  In 2011 the Royal Canadian College of Organists awarded him a FRCCO (honoris causa).  He is frequently invited to give master classes, most recently for the American Guild of Organists (New York City Chapter), the University of Kansas, the Boston Conservatory, Knoxville AGO Chapter, the Mount Royal Conservatory (Calgary), The University of Washington (Seattle), as well as European conservatories in Belgium, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. He has also served on numerous international organ competition juries in Europe.  He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his work in establishing the early music festival, Musique Royale, now entering its 35th season in his native Nova Scotia. In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada.



John Grew

Performing Tuesday, July 4, at 12:30 PM

Mountainside United Church

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1er au 7 juillet 2017

July 1 - 7, 2017



l'AGO région du Nord-Est, le CRCO et le CIOC


Northeast AGO,

RCCO, & CIOC














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