Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Tickets Are Ready!!!

Can you believe that May is almost over and the start of June is less than a week away?!  Yikes!  Time is just flying by.  This means that the Summerside Highland Gathering is now four weeks away.  Which also means that the Cap Caval concert is only four weeks away!  Are you ready?!

Tickets are now on sale for the Highland Gathering, Cap Caval and Highland Storm.  Tickets for all these fabulous events can be purchased from the College of Piping Box Office.  Check out these following links for pricing to attend these amazing experiences:

Highland Gathering:

Cap Caval Concert: 

Highland Storm:

Do not miss out on your opportunity to see and hear some fantastic performances by island and international talents.  These are not to be missed events!  Do not snooze and lose!  Order your tickets NOW!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy May Long Weekend!

It finally feels like summer is approaching!  The weather has finally improved and bare legs in shorts have even been spotted at the College!  The ampitheatre roof has been put on, the stage is being prepared for Highland Storm and the Grade 4 band had their first outdoor practice of the year.  Summer is coming!  Are you ready?!

Did you know that the Highland and Step Dancing programs now have a Dance Parents Committee?!  The parent's committee was re-formed to support and enhance the Step and Highland programs.  This past Tuesday an executive for the committee was elected.  Those who are on the executive are:

Co-Chairs:  Merryman Porter and Cheri Mackenzie
Secretary:  Heather Ross
Treasurer:  Tracy MacDonald
Instructors:  Kearsney Smith and Samantha MacKinnon

The formation of this committee bodes very well for both of our dancing programs. 

Come support the Grade 4 and 5 College Pipe Bands at Sobeys tomorrow!  The two bands are holding a barbecue to raise funds for their trip to the North American Championships in July.  Stop by between the hours of 9am and 12pm for a hotdog or hamburger or just to hear some great music performed by our talented students!

Congratulations are in order for Sarah Simpson.  Sarah and her partner won bronze at the National Science Fair in Toronto!  The College is super proud of this outstanding achievement!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

More Congratulations!

Well, it has been a busy couple of weeks at the College!  Our students have been performing their hearts out!  Not only have our students prevailed in the Celtic Performing Arts but at school as well!  Much success has been had in the month of May!

This past weekend saw the College Highland Dancers in Riverview, New Brunswick at a Highland Dance competition.  The College Highland Dancers have had much success lately and their winning ways continued with an impressive showing there.  Congratulations to all that competed!  Here are the results from the weekend:

Emma Mackenzie:  3 golds and 1 silver and the overall trophy for the Beginner class
Carly Mackenzie:  2 silvers and 1 fourth for the Intermediate class
Sarah MacDonald:  2 silvers, 1 bronze and a fourth for the Novice class
Kate Ross:  4 silvers and the runner-up trophy for the Premier class

More results from the BATDs!  Jordan Chowen is not only a talented piper at the College but he is also a successful step dancer!  Jordan earned a gold medal in his solo step dance competition.  He was then selected to dance at the Rose-Bowl Awards.  Congratulations Jordan on a successful BATDs!

Congratulations are also in order for Sarah Simpson.  Sarah is in Toronto this week taking part in the national science fair.  Not only is she successful in piping but school as well!  Good luck and have fun this week!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Friendly Note...

...from your favourite Highland Dance teacher!  All Highland dancers and parents, please read carefully the schedule that Kearsney has planned out for the May 14th Highland Dance workshop:

Registration:  8:30-9am

Beginner & Novice:  9am-11am

Lunch:  11am-11:30am

Intermediate & Premier:  11:30am-1pm

PLEASE bring dancing shoes and water bottles.  Hair MUST be tied up and out of your face and please wear dancing shorts (no long pants).  Please plan on working hard and having a blast as well!  See you Saturday!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Results, Results and More Results!!!

It is that time of year again!!!  The competition season is upon us and the College dancers had a very successful weekend in Halifax!  The BATD (The British Association of Teachers of Dance) dance competition proved to be a great weekend of dancing for the College!  The College Step and Highland dancers took the contest by storm and came away with a haul of medals!  A big congratulations to everyone who took part in this fantastic event.  The most important element of competition is not the prize but the hard work and fun that is had along the way!

Highland results were plentiful!  Lots of medals and scholarships were won this weekend by our Highland program!  Here are the results:

Sarah MacDonald:  2 silvers, 1 bronze and the Scholarship for Novice
Emma MacKenzie:  4 gold and the Highest Aggregate trophy for Beginner
Carly MacKenzie:  1 gold, 3 silver, a fourth and the Scholarship for Intermediate
Kate Ross:  3 fourths for Premier (it was her first contest ever in Premier!)
Hayley Porter:  1 silver in Premier
Pre-Premier Choreography for small groups:  gold

Check out the Pre-Premier Highland Dance Choreography winners in the picture below (L-R: Sarah MacDonald, Briana Pineau, Sherra Rogers, Emma MacKenzie, Carly MacKenzie and Highland Dance Instructor, Kearsney Smith):

Our Step Dancers were not to be outdone!  They had an awesome showing as well!  Results for Step Dance are as follows:

Advanced Step Group:  1 Silver
Maria Doyle and Emma MacKenzie:  bronze in their duo
Mikaila Murray:  1 bronze in her solo reel

A big congratulations to all our dancers!  The College is super proud of all our dancers!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Annual General Meeting Date Change

The Annual General Meeting of The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm in the Main Hall at The College. 

All are welcome to attend and participate in the life and work of The College.  Your input is important and encouraged at this meeting.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's that time of year again...

This is the time of year where life gets a little bit busier.  Life seems to suddenly speed up and before you know it, school is out and the summer season has begun.  For some of the College students it means that the competition season has started but for other students, it means the start of their summer holidays.  Whether you compete or not, the College is proud of each and every one of its students.

Speaking of proud...Congratulations to Kate Ross for qualifying for the Interprovincial team to represent Prince Edward Island (and the College, of course!) at this year's Canadian Interprovincial Championship.  Kate will be dancing in the 9 and Under Championship and the College is very proud of her wonderful achievement!  Check out the PEI representatives below (Kate is on the far right)!

Are you ready?!  Mother's Day is on Sunday and if you do not have the perfect gift yet, the College Pipe Bands can help you out!  For only $40 you can get your mom a rose and a tune played by a bagpiper.  Imagine how delighted she will be to have such a unique gift!  Call the College at 1-877-224-7473 to make sure your mom gets a Mother's Day she will never forget!

A unique competing opportunity is available for all bagpipers! is running an online contest.  This contest is run by Jori Chisholm who is not only a top soloist but also plays with the six time world pipe band champions, Simon Fraser University.  Jori has a stellar list of judges lined up which also includes our very own Director of Education, James MacHattie!  For more information please follow this link: