Rachel Mahon
Rachel Mahon

Rachel Mahon began playing organ in 2005, and was the Organ Scholar of St. James Cathedral in Toronto from 2007 -2010. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Organ from the University of Toronto School of Music, studying with Dr. John Tuttle. Teaching Rachel was “both thrilling and a bit daunting,” said Tuttle, who predicts Ms. Mahon will have “a significant influence on music, both in Canada and abroad.”

During her time as an undergraduate, Rachel was the Principal Organist at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church as well as the Bevan Organ Scholar at Trinity College, University of Toronto. She won first place in the Toronto Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Competition for Young Organists 2012, first place in the 2013 Howard Fairclough Organ Competition for the Hamilton Centre RCCO, and at the 2013 Kiwanis Music Festival she won the Paul Westermeyer Service and Hymn Playing Award and the Gerald Bales Award.

Rachel Mahon at St. Paul’sRachel Mahon at St. Paul’s

After completing a year as organ scholar at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, England, Rachel was appointed to the position of William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London for the 2014/2015 academic year — thus becoming the first woman to hold any organist post at St. Paul’s.

Sarah Svendsen and Rachel MahonSarah and Rachel as the “Organized Crime” duo

In 2012, Rachel founded the organ duo Organized Crime with friend Sarah Svendsen, and the two aim to entertain audiences with their unique performances. Adding tongue-in-cheek theatrics inspired by the late Victor Borge, they incorporate antics such as texting, drinking coffee and playing musical chairs while on stage.