Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Happy International Dance Day!

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion."
Martha Graham

International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council and is celebrated on April 29 of each year. The date is not linked to a particular person or a particular form of dance, although it is also the day when the French dancer and ballet master Jean Georges Noverre was born. The main purpose of International Dance Day is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance.   Happy International Dance Day!  Have you hugged the dancer in your life today?!


The College has a group of dedicated, talented and determined dancers heading to London, Ontario for the ScotDance Canada Championship Series events.  Unlike the pipe bands that can draw on the fundraising efforts of many people, the highland dancers are a small group with a big fundraising goal. Please come out and support them in their fundraising efforts.   Please see below for all of their fundraisers in the next couple of months.  Thank you for your support!  


The College’s Highland Dancers will be holding a Yard Sale on Saturday May 30th starting at 8:00am in the amphitheater.  If you are doing a purge while spring cleaning, or have a box in the basement you haven’t opened since you bought your house, please set items aside that you think could sell and help the dancers meet their fundraising goals.  The dancers will be accepting items after May 10th and only during the College business hours (9am– 5pm).  They are not accepting any baby items (cribs, car seats, baby gates and toys) or electronics (computer monitors, televisions, laptops and printers).  Come to the sale in search of new treasures!


Save these dates!!!  The Highland Dancers will be participating in many events trying to raise the funds needed for their trip to London, Ontario for the ScotDance Canada Championship Series events.  Keep your eyes open for them on the following dates:
Saturday, May 16th – BBQ at Sobeys, Summerside
Saturday, May 23rd – Grocery Bagging at Superstore, Summerside
Saturday, June 13th – BBQ at Sobeys, Summerside
Make sure you pop by and support our dancers by purchasing something from the grill or putting your extra change in the buckets when they are grocery bagging! 
 

Although The College of Piping won’t be hosting a step dancing competition this year, that doesn’t mean that you won’t have the opportunity to compete in Summerside.  During Lobster Festival, there will be a step dance competition, so keep practicing your choreography and wow an appreciative Lobster Festival audience!  For further information on this competition, keep an eye on the Lobster Festival’s website:  http://summersidelobsterfest.com.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We Are Open!


Clearly Old Man Winter doesn't want to take the hint and leave.  The calendar may say April 28th but the weather outside looks more like February.  The College is open today and instructors are here ready to teach lessons but if you are uncomfortable driving in the snow, please stay at home.  Please do not forget to let your instructor know if you will be unable to attend your class.  Grade 5 band practice is also still on for this evening.  Keep your fingers crossed that spring comes soon....!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Thank You!


A huge thank you to everyone who came and competed, supported, sponsored and volunteered at the 2015 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge this past weekend.  The competition was held at The College in the main hall and was very well attended.  This year there were nineteen competitors.  We were extremely honoured and privileged to have Roddy MacLeod MBE, principal of the National Piping Centre in Scotland, as our judge and workshop facilitator. Thank you to Shanae Rogers and Ryan Simpson for doing a great job stewarding and to Rick Crawford, ACPBA Chief Steward, who made sure that the event ran smoothly.  A huge thank you to the College's Executive Director, Karen Hatcher, for her guidance and support.  The workshop the day after the contest was also well attended and great fun was had by all.  Four new piobaireachds were learnt and people had their pipes put to the test by Roddy!  To see photos from the contest and workshop, please follow this link:  http://www.collegeofpiping.com/photogalleries.php?id=553cefeda5877 (all photos were taken by Susan Topping).  To check out the story on pipes|drums, please follow this link: https://www.pipesdrums.com/article/machattie-rises-to-summerside-challenge/.

A huge thank you to the contest's sponsors.  Without your support the contest wouldn't have been able to take place. The associations and businesses that generously contributed to our competition were:  The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, The Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association, MacIsaac Kiltmakers, MacLeod Highland Outfitters, L&M Highland Outfitters and Dr. Angus MacArthur.  Thank You! 

For a full list of the results, please see below for all of the prize winners:

Grade 5:  1st place: Dalton Faulkner
Grade 4:  1st place:  Carl Brydon, 2nd place:  Gillian Blaney, 3rd place:  Seamus Meagher
Grade 3:  1st place:  Brady Webb, 2nd place:  Calum Brydon, 3rd place:  Chris MacKnight
Grade 2:  1st place:  John McIntyre, 2nd place:  Mike Farnworth, 3rd place:  Heather Stone
Grade 1:  1st place:  James Dyson, 2nd place:  Sarah Simpson, 3rd place:  Brandon Gardner
Professional:  1st place:  James MacHattie, 2nd place:  Alex Gandy

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Wednesday!


It's almost time for the 2015 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge and workshop!  Get your fingers nimble, your vocal chords warmed up for some canntaireachd and your ears ready for a great day of tunes!  This Saturday, April 25th, is going to be a stellar day of playing.  We have the privilege of Roddy MacLeod MBE, Principal of the National Piping Centre in Scotland, judging this prestigious event. After a full day of judging, Roddy will host a workshop the next day (April 26th). It's not too late to sign up for the workshop and you do not have to have competed to attend it. Everyone is welcome!    


If you haven't been running all winter, it's time to lace up your shoes and get ready for The College of Piping Brave of Heart Run on Sunday, May 31st at 5pm.  There will be door prizes, finishers awards and prizes for the top finishers in both the 5k and 10k races!  This is a fundraising run in support of our Highland Dancers who are going to represent The College, Summerside and PEI at the Championships in London, Ontario.  If you don't want to run, we are looking for volunteers!  Please contact Sue with questions or to let her know you'd like to volunteer! You can call her at 902-436-5377 or email sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com.


As the weather finally begins to warm up and the snow slowly melts away, thoughts start drifting to summer and all the fun activities and performances that go on around the College.  We are starting to plan for our annual clean up and the set-up of the Highland Storm stage and set.  There will be less to do in the back field, but that doesn’t mean we won’t need as many volunteers.  The more the merrier and the faster everything gets done.  We had some new faces join us last year to help and some younger ones learning what volunteering is all about!  We hope to see lots of people out again…it’s always nice after a long winter to see our friends and get acquainted with new volunteers.  We couldn’t do it without you! We are aiming for early May to start work on the amphitheatre, but it will depend upon how quickly the snow melts.  Keep your eyes out for further information in the May newsletter and if you are interested in volunteering for this or any activity, please email sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com or call Sue at 902-436-5377.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Skype Update


For those of you who missed the CBC Compass news story on The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada teaching Skype, we now have the link!  To watch the story, please follow this link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/PEI/ID/2664254414/.  If you want to take piping or drumming lessons from the comfort of your own home, you can!  Start you lessons today by calling us at (902) 436-5377 or email Sue McGiveron at sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Skype News!


If you were listening to and or watching the CBC last week you may have noticed a familiar face or voice.  It was the College's own Director of Education, James MacHattie!  The College has been teaching Skype lessons for the past few years and it has really taken off.  There are students from California, Colorado, Ontario, Maine, Washington State, Nova Scotia...all over the place!  The College doesn't only teach piping online but drumming as well.  Now there is no excuse not to learn the pipes or drums!  You can do it from the comfort of your own home!  To read the article, please follow this link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/summerside-college-of-piping-offers-skype-bagpipe-lessons-1.3029036?fb_action_ids=10153815575630616&fb_action_types=og.shares. Sign up today and begin your journey in the Celtic arts!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy National Volunteer Week!


Those who can, do.  Those who can do more, volunteer. 
Author Unknown

April 12th-18th marks National Volunteer Week.  At the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada we are extremely lucky, fortunate and privileged to have a dedicated team of extraordinary people who volunteer their time here. Over the years there have been many, many, many people who have spent time pitching in and helping to make the College what it is today. Young and old work together to help make this place better.  From taking personal time to prep the grounds for the Highland Gathering and Highland Storm, to volunteering in the gift shop in the evening during the winter months, mowing the back field and front lawns, to greeting, ticket taking, assisting and serving in the concession stand during Highland Storm, to building the Highland Storm set, to putting the amphitheatre roof on…the list could go on for miles.  We are truly blessed with the best volunteers in the world.  A huge thank you for all that you do because we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you!  Thank you!  

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
William Shakespeare

Friday, April 10, 2015

Summer School News!


Block off the week of July 5th-10th!  There is a new piping and drumming school run in partnership between the The National Piping Centre of Scotland and the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada that week!  We will have a daily program which will cover all aspects of performance including practice routines, technique, musical expression, tuning and ensemble playing. Students will be taught in a small group of similar ability for 3-4 hours per day with workshops, recitals and practice time built in.  All levels of players are welcome! It won't be a week of all work and no play! As well as daily lessons and tuition there will be a range of other events on offer in the evenings:

Sunday: Student auditions followed by student and teacher reception at the College of Piping. 
Students should arrive at the College of Piping for a 4pm start.

Monday: Teaching Programme commences. 
Free night to relax, explore PEI, or of course practice!

Tuesday: PEI Lobster Supper. 
Optional excursion to Fisherman's Wharf on the North Shore of PEI will be offered, with transportation to and from North Rustico. Students and families can register and pay for the meal on Sunday at the reception.

Wednesday: Celtic Idol. 
A Celtic talent show open to the summer school students and local PEI talent as well. Performers will compete for prizes, and the commentary and judging will be provided by NPC and COP instructors. Creativity is encouraged!

Thursday: Instructor Recital. 
You have been working all week, now you can sit back and relax in the theatre and listen to the instructors put on a show.

Friday:
Conclusion of teaching programme and prize-giving.   

To learn more about and to register for this exciting week, please follow this link: http://www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/bagpipe-drumming-schools/p-e-i-summerside-2015/lessons/.  Don't miss out on a week of fantastic instruction!  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Happy Hump Day!


As the weather warms and the snow starts to melt (we hope), thoughts start drifting to summer and all the fun activities and performances that go on around the College.  We are starting to plan for our annual clean up and the set-up of the Highland Storm stage and set.  There will be less to do in the back field, but that doesn’t mean we won’t need as many volunteers.  The more the merrier and the faster everything gets done.  We had some new faces join us last year to help and some younger ones learning what volunteering is all about!  We hope to see lots of people out again…it’s always nice after a long winter to see our friends and get acquainted with new volunteers.  We couldn’t do it without you!  We are aiming for early May to start work on the amphitheatre, but it will depend upon how quickly the snow melts.  Keep your eyes out for further information in the May newsletter and if you are interested in volunteering for this or any activity, please email sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com or call Sue at 902-436-5377.  


Speaking of Highland Storm, did you know that you can purchase tickets for the 2015 production right now?!  You can even purchase them from the comfort of your own home (in your pajamas!). It's that easy!  It promises to be an exciting show with new music, choreography and much more!  To purchase tickets, please follow this link: https://boxofficepei.com/venue/college-piping.  We are also looking for volunteers for the entire run of Highland Storm (it runs from June 29th through to August 20th on certain days).  If you are interested in volunteering, we will need people to take tickets, hand out programs, work at the prepaid ticket table, work in concessions, to name a few opportunities! 
Please contact sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com or call Sue at 902-436-5377 to discuss your availability and interests. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy National Tartan Day!


From all of us at The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, have a happy National Tartan Day.!  To learn more about this day, please follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartan_Day.  To learn about each provincial and territorial tartan, please follow this link:  http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1363695584755/1363695729960.  Whatever your family, provincial or favourite plaid is, wear it proudly today!    

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy Easter!


This is just a friendly reminder that The College will be closed on Good Friday (April 3rd) and Easter Monday (April 6th). The College will reopen on Tuesday, April 7th at 9am. There are no classes in Summerside and Charlottetown on Monday as well.  Remember, a good way to burn off all of those Easter treats is by practicing!