Gaelic College shuts down piping, drumming teaching programs
Nova Scotia’s Gaelic College of Celtic Arts, one of the world’s first organizations outside of Scotland to offer formal teaching in piping and drumming – and the probably originators of the summer school concept – has pulled the plug on the curriculum, choosing to focus on “non-competition” aspects of the institution.
The St. Anne’s-based Gaelic College started in 1939, and in the 1950s launched a summer school program, with the likes of piping and drumming luminaries like Seumas MacNeil, John MacFadyen, Wilson Young and Finlay MacNeill coming in from Scotland to help with the teaching.
Along with the elimination of piping and drumming, the Gaelic College has also discontinued its Highland dance teaching programs, leaving it to concentrate on Gaelic language, step-dancing, Cape Breton fiddle and “Cape Breton style” piping.
The move follows the hiring of former Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald as CEO and Tracey Dares MacNeil as Director of Education and Programming.
The Gaelic College has not yet responded to inquiries from pipes|drums.