Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Executive Director, Karen Hatcher and Director of Education, James MacHattie

To my College of Piping family,

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada is the most incredible organization that I have ever had the privilege of being associated with. I am so proud of the team that is in place, the students who work so hard to achieve their goals and inspire excellence and of the parents, volunteers and supporters that make every dream come true for each and every individual that walks through our front doors.

It is hard to believe that I have been at The College of Piping for over 6 years.  I had a five year plan when I arrived in 2010 and my enthusiasm and passion for the organization stretched that 5 years into 6 years.  It is now time for me to bid farewell. 

To each and every one of you I say thank you.  Thank you for your support, your time, your energy and for your dedication to this truly unique facility.  As you all know, every time I talk about The College of Piping, I either start or end my conversation with the fact that this is the only facility of this kind in North America and here we are in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. How exciting is that?!!

The College of Piping has been in operation for coming up to 27 years.  There have been rocky times over the years.  That is understandable for any organization.  What lays ahead for The College of Piping is exciting and I truly believe that the path that has been laid will become worn and travelled as more and more people become engaged.

James and I have worked side by side for the past 6 years.  With the entire team, we have made many changes.  Changes that have improved and strengthened our programs, our connections and our support within the community, across the province, across the country and even internationally.  I took on a project 6 years ago to fix something that was in need of being repaired and I did just that. I am now handing over the reins to one of the best pipers in the world who is so incredibly passionate about this organization and will take The College of Piping to the next level.

We have decided to re-structure the organization to capitalize on James’ strengths by creating the new role of Principal.  He will assemble the team and support that he requires to ensure the vision will continue. I encourage all of you to support James as you have supported me, so that The College of Piping can continue to grow and prosper.

With a heavy heart, I bid farewell but not good bye. I am a piper and will always be a piper.  That will keep me connected with The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada for the rest of my life.  I look forward to staying touch, to continue to support James and his team in any way that I can, to receive newsletters and updates and watch The College of Piping expand and develop in the coming years.

Thank you again for believing in me, supporting me and ultimately making The College of Piping a world class organization where anyone, regardless of age or musical ability, can come to learn Highland Dancing, Step Dancing, Bagpipes or Drums and play in a band!

With great thanks, to one and all,


Monday, May 9, 2016

Great Results from BATD Competition!

Congratulations to the College of Piping Step and Highland Dance Companies who had a successful first day of competition at the BATD Festival of Dance in Halifax today! All of our dancers had great performances and are having lots of fun. A special congratulations goes out to our step dancers: MacKenzie Stewart (gold, solo), Mikaila Murray (silver, solo), Eithne Brydon and Alizée Cyr-Corneault (silver, duet), Jacqueline Moase and Kaylee Howes (bronze, duet), the Junior Step Dance Company (silver, group), the Senior Step Dance Company (gold, group); highland dancers Sherra Rogers and Maggie Burns (duet gold, highest pre-premier mark trophy) and their highland dance instructor (teacher choreography award).

Day 2 was another successful day for our dancers at the BATD Festival of Dance. All of our highland dancers are going home with medals/ribbons! Congratulations to Shelby Lynne Dalziel (trophy winner and Rosebowl competition invitation for traditional highland); Alysha Trenholm (scholarship winner for traditional highland); Brae Myers and Shakira Gallant (silver, duet); Shelby Lynne and Allanna Lee Dalziel (gold, duet); Sherra Rogers (gold, celtic cabaret solo); Senior highland dance company (silver, pro-am/professional group division); Sherra Rogers and Chelsey Sanderson (bronze, pro-am/professional group division); and Chelsey Sanderson (gold, pro-am professional solo division). Thank you to the organizers of this event, and congratulations to all competitors this weekend! Our dancers had a wonderful time!