Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

The College of Piping Pipe Bands are in the final few weeks of their "Trip to Scotland" raffle.  It's not too late to purchase a ticket or six!  Please contact The College for your chance to win a trip of a lifetime. The draw takes place Saturday, March 15th at The Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. If you have purchased a ticket your entry is free but if you haven't bought one, the entry is twenty dollars or ten dollars once the draw is completed. The evening's entertainment will be provided by Ten Strings and a Goat Skin and members of the College of Piping pipe bands. Besides the grand prize there are twenty five additional prizes to be won. The fun starts at 7pm. Don't miss out on a great evening while supporting Summerside's pipe bands!  

For the next two weeks our piping instructors, Kylie and James MacHattie, will be away in New Zealand. They will be in Invercargill advising their instructors on the ins and outs of keeping a College of Performing Arts going and will do some teaching. They will then travel to the North island for to compete with the Invercargill Pipe Band at the New Zealand Championships. Check back often to the blog for all of their updates about their adventures. Their classes will resume as normal on Tuesday, March 11th but band practices will continue as normal in their absence. Happy practicing!

The bands will be piping (and drumming) in Heather Moyse on Friday shortly before 6:00 pm for her triumphant return home after her amazing repeat gold medal! The festivities take place at Credit Union Place in Summerside, so go out and show your Island pride!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

No Snow Day at The College!

The College of Piping in Summerside and classes in Cornwall will take place tonight.  Despite the school closures today, the College is still open.  The Grade 4 College of Piping Pipe Band practice will resume as normal tonight.  Happy Wednesday!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Band News!!!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to play in a pipe band? Does a trip to Scotland to see the World Pipe Band Championships interest you?  Hold on to your hat because we’ve got a deal for you!  The College of Piping Pipe Bands are selling tickets on a trip for two to Scotland to travel with them to the World Pipe Band Championships in August.  There are also 25 additional prizes to be won besides the grand prize!  Tickets are $20.00 each, 3 for $50.00 or 6 for $100.00. To purchase your tickets please contact any pipe band member or call or visit the College of Piping office for tickets. The draw will take place on March 15th at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.

Due dates for piping and drumming students and band members to get their tickets in to The College are February 18th, 19th and 20th.

Join the College of Piping Pipe Bands on March 15th at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside for the grand prize draw for the “Win a Trip for Two to Scotland”.  The fun will start at 7pm and if you have purchased a raffle ticket, your entry to the event is free.  If you haven’t purchased a raffle ticket but would still like to attend, the cost is $20.00 before the draw and $10.00 to attend once the draw has finished.  There is a first come, first entry to the event as there is a limited capacity.  Ten Strings and A Goat Skin will provide the night’s entertainment as well as performances from our College of Piping Pipe Bands.  Besides the super grand prize, there are an additional 25 prizes to be won.  You do not have to be in attendance to accept your prize but I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day weekend!     

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Happy Hump Day!

Happy Wednesday!  A storm is a brewing but hasn't hit the island yet.  Thumbs are held that the snow fall amount is minimal and the ground hog is right and spring will, er, spring a littler earlier this year.  As we wait to see what Old Man Winter has in store for us, I'll fill you in on the what's been going on lately at The College!

For all of you graduating high school students who are currently in the midst of filling out scholarship forms, we have some exciting news for you!  The College is pleased to announce that we are offering a post secondary scholarship for high school students currently enrolled at the The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.  Here is what you need to know:

The purpose of The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada Post Secondary Scholarship is to financially support the post secondary learning endeavors of a graduating high school student who is registered at The College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.   Awarding of this scholarship shall help to preserve the unique traditions and skills associated with performing the historic Scottish arts and to provide funding for continued study and development.  One $1,000.00 non-renewable scholarship is available to a graduate of any of the 11 high schools on Prince Edward Island.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  •       Applicant must be a registered student of The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada
  •       Applicants must have proof of acceptance at a recognized Canadian university or college
  •       Consideration will be given to extra-curricular involvement, leadership roles and education plans
  •       Consideration will be given for community volunteerism
  •       Short essay stating your educational plans and why you should be considered for The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada Scholarship
  •       Demonstrate a commitment to learning and show excellence, or the potential for excellence, in their chosen College of Piping discipline
  •       Be committed to using potential funding for further academic study

 Applicants must send the following, in addition to a submission letter
-          A letter of recommendation from their current instructor (should outline the applicant's skill level, frequency of instruction, progress made thus far, commitment, demonstrated proficiency, and anticipated development)

All awarded monies will be sent directly from The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada to the applicant’s accepted university or college.  No payments will be made directly to the applicant. 
Completed applications should be sent by April 1, 2014 to:
Karen Hatcher
Executive Director
The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada

Suggested requirements of submission letter:
-          Name, address, phone number and email address
-          Instructor’s name and contact information
-          Short essay (no more than 500 words) in which the applicant introduces themselves to the committee (indicating their background in their College of Piping discipline, personal accomplishments, future goals, extra-curricular involvement, volunteerism, etc.) and identifies how the funding will be used.

Calling all performers!  Spotlight Theatre will be hosting a series of coffee houses at Samuel’s beginning in February, and they have extended an invitation to some of our students to perform.  The space is limited, so larger dance groups (for example) will not fit, but solo dance would be fine.  These will be held on Friday evenings, and if anyone plans to participate please contact Reasha Walsh at spotlighttheatre.reasha@gmail.com to discuss.  If you are unsure whether you are ready to participate or not, your instructor would be happy to talk it through with you!