Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scholarship Deadline is Tomorrow!

Sherra with her overall aggregate trophy

Congratulations to Sherra Rogers!  Sherra competed this past weekend at the Halifax Highland Dance Association's Spring Competition.  She placed first in all of her dances in the Beginner 11 Years and Older category.  She also came home as the overall winner in her category!  Sherra is not only a talented highland dancer but she is also very accomplished in step dance, piping and plays with the College's grade four pipe band.  Well done, Sherra!     


This is no April Fools' joke!  Tomorrow is the deadline for The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada Post Secondary Scholarship.  If you are graduating this year, do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity!  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

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 delivered by April 1, 2015 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

-Short essay (no more than 500 words) in which the applicant introduces themselves to the committee (their background in their College of Piping discipline, personal accomplishments, future goals, extra-curricular involvement, volunteerism, etc.) and identifies how the funding will benefit.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday News


Congratulations are in order to Kearsney and Ryan…now Mr. and Mrs. MacNeil!  Ryan and Kearsney got married in Kearsney’s home country of South Africa on Friday, March 27, 2015.  We all wish you the very best as you start your married life together! 


A huge congratulations is also in order to the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band!  The band has raised over $32,000 for BC Cancer Foundation at their Pipe Up for Cancer and Balding for Boney concert this past Saturday night.  The concert was in support of band member Andrew Bonar who has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer this past fall. Almost all of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band shaved their heads in solidarity and to raise money for the foundation.  Andrew has been a band mate to both of our piping instructors, Kylie and James MacHattie.  Andrew was also one of Kylie's piping instructors when she lived in BC.  The concert is still available to view.  While it is a free streaming event, the band is asking everyone who watches to make a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation.  To watch this amazing concert and head shaving event, please follow this link: http://new.livestream.com/sfupb/PipeUpForCancer. Well done, SFUPB!     

Friday, March 27, 2015

Happy, Happy Day!


A huge congratulations to our highland dance instructor, Kearsney Smith and our Highland Storm director, Ryan MacNeil! Ryan and Kearsney were married today in sunny South Africa.  Best wishes to the happy couple from all of us here at The College!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hump Day News!


It may be another day off from school but The College is open and classes and band practice are on for this afternoon and this evening.  We do not always follow school closures!  As always, if it isn't safe for you to make the trip to your class, we understand, safety first, please let your instructor know.  

Attention all graduating high school students from The College!  The deadline is fast approaching (April 1st)!  A $1000.00 goes a long way in helping with your post-secondary schooling.  Do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity.  Good luck to all of those who apply!


The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada Post-Secondary Scholarship

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

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 delivered by April 1, 2015 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

-Short essay (no more than 500 words) in which the applicant introduces themselves to the committee (their background in their College of Piping discipline, personal accomplishments, future goals, extra-curricular involvement, volunteerism, etc.) and identifies how the funding will benefit.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We Are Open!


The College is open today (March 25th) and all classes and grade 5 band practice are on!  Please remember that we do not always close when the schools are.  If you feel comfortable driving to the College, we will see you at lesson.  If you are not comfortable, please call or email your instructor to let them know that you will not be at lesson.

Monday, March 23, 2015

All Classes Cancelled for March 23rd


The season may have technically changed this past Friday but it certainly doesn't feel or look like spring out there!  Due to RCMP advisories about road conditions, blowing snow and zero visibility, ALL classes have been cancelled at The College in Summerside AND Charlottetown for this afternoon and evening.  The developmental band practice has also been cancelled.  The College will remain closed today and will reopen tomorrow, March 24th, for regular business hours. Please stay home and stay safe!  A great way to limber up before heading out to shovel is by practicing!

Delayed opening

Due to the wintry conditions and police warnings, The College has delayed opening until noon today.  Stay tuned for further developments.  Happy shovelling!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

50/50 Goldrush Draw Postponed to Friday, March 20, 2015

Due to the weather conditions the 50/50 Goldrush Draw will be taking place on Friday, March 20th. Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!








It's a great day to be practicing!!!!  Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Old Man Winter Strikes AGAIN!!!

Old man winter doesn't seem to want to give us a break.  The College of Piping will be closed today.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Important Dates


Well, with the threat of yet another storm, it doesn't feel like spring is going to er, spring, any time soon.  The snowbanks have shrunk in size in the recent days from warmer temperatures and the recent rain was a great sight to see and hopefully we can retire our snow boots and shovels soon!


A reminder that next week (March 16th-20th) is March break at The College.  No classes will be held and there no band or dance company practices.  The College will be open for regular business hours (9am-5pm) during that week.  Don't forget to practice during the break!  




Attention all graduating high school students from The College!  The deadline for the 2015 College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada Post-Secondary Scholarship is almost upon us!  A $1,000.00 goes a long way in helping offset books, accommodation, tuition...whatever you want to put it towards!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity.  Good luck to all of those who apply!  

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada Post-Secondary Scholarship

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

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 delivered by April 1, 2015 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

-Short essay (no more than 500 words) in which the applicant introduces themselves to the committee (their background in their College of Piping discipline, personal accomplishments, future goals, extra-curricular involvement, volunteerism, etc.) and identifies how the funding will benefit.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happy Day!


Happy International Bagpipe Day!!!  What is International Bagpipe Day?!  This awesome day is celebrated on March 10th each year and was initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world's many bagpipes and bagpiping traditions.  To put you in the spirit of this fantastic day, why not check out this clip:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC_oh7qBBhs. The National Piping Centre (Glasgow, Scotland) will have an on-demand video of today's festivities which should be available soon on their website.  Have you hugged the piper in your life today?!


Happy 1st Anniversary to our fun-loving Special Events Co-ordinator, Sue McGiveron! We are extremely lucky to have you on our team. Here's to many more!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

And The Winners Are...




Congratulations to Carol McKay!  She is the grand prize winner of the $2500 travel voucher raffle! A huge thank you to everyone who supported the College of Piping Pipe Bands by purchasing a ticket (or tickets!).  We very much appreciate your support!  The raffle was a huge success and we couldn't have done it without you!  Please read below for all of the winners of the prizes. Congratulations! 

1. 2 Highland Storm tickets: 0434, Ken Walker
2. 2 Highland Storm tickets: 1338, Angie Nickerson
3. College of Piping Shop Gift Certificate: 1151, Rob Gamaff
4. Feast Dinner Theatre for 2: 0534, Elizabeth Trenholm
5. Dinner for 2 at FiveEleven West: 0689, James MacHattie
6. Dinner for 4 at the Island Preserve Company: 0353, Tricia Hashie
7. 1 night at Delta Charlottetown and dinner for 2 at Water's Edge: 1024, Meredith Lapp
8. 1 night at Slemon Park Hotel and dinner for 2 at Anson's: 1296, Carol McKay
9. 1 night at Four Points Halifax: 0160, Anne Brunet
10. 2 nights at Westin Nova Scotian and dinner from RCR Hospitality Group: 1372, Michelle Arsenault
And the grand prize winner of the $2500.00 travel voucher: 0371, Carol McKay!!!
Winners will be contacted by phone and/or email on Monday (March 9th). Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket! We really appreciate your support!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Travel Raffle Draw Tonight!!!


Tonight is the night!  It's draw night!  The College of Piping Pipe Bands are holding the draw for a $2,500 travel voucher TONIGHT at The Silver Fox Yacht and Curling Club.  If you have already purchased your ticket, please note that the draw will not be held at The College of Piping, as was noted on the back of the ticket stubs.  The draw will take place at 7:00pm, in conjunction with the Rotary Club Mardi Gras Curling Bonspiel.  To gain entrance to the event, simply present your ticket stub at the door.  If you wish to buy a ticket, they can be purchased from any member of the Pipe Band or at The College of Piping.  Tickets may be purchased at the event, based on availability.  For more information, please contact The College of Piping at (902) 436-5377.  Thank you for your continued support!  It is very much appreciated!  Good luck to everyone who purchased a ticket!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Congratulations!


Congratulations are in order for our Executive Director, Karen Hatcher! Last night, TIAPEI recognized Karen, during their 34th Annual Conference & Gala, for her contribution of professionalism and support in the tourism industry. Karen received the Hospitality Award for Prince County.   

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


There are tickets still available!  It's not too late!  The College of Piping Pipe Bands will be holding a draw for a $2,500 travel voucher on March 7th at The Silver Fox Yacht and Curling Club.  If you have already purchased your ticket, please note that the draw will not be held at The College of Piping, as was noted on the back of the ticket stubs.  The draw will take place at 7:00pm, in conjunction with the Rotary Club Mardi Gras Curling Bonspiel.  To gain entrance to the event, simply present your ticket stub at the door.  If you wish to buy a ticket, they can be purchased from any member of the Pipe Band or at The College of Piping.  Tickets may be purchased at the event, based on availability.  For more information, please contact The College of Piping at (902) 436-5377.



It’s hard to imagine Highland Storm taking place on the snowy stage but before you know it, Highland Storm season will be upon us!  Tickets are now on sale now for this year’s all new production of Highland Storm!  New songs, new choreography will be a part of this high energy production.  To book your tickets, drop by the office or call 1-902-436-5377.  For further information on show dates and prices, visit our website at http://www.collegeofpiping.com/highlandstorm.php.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Sue McGiveron at sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com.