April 30, 2008

Mastery of Scottish Arts merges with Celtic Arts Foundation

The Pacific Northwest-based Mastery of Scottish Arts, which organizes an annual star-studded school of piping and drumming and concert, has merged with the Washington-based Celtic Arts Foundation to form a much larger registered not-for-profit organization that will operate under the name “Celtic Arts Foundation.

The CAF will continue to organize and stage the concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle andwinter school in Seabeck, Washington. Executive Director Skye Richendrfer said that he expects both programs to remain “very similar in 2009, and into the future. The names for the programs will remain the same.

“The concert is scheduled for February 6, 2009, and the Winter School will be February 7-11, 2009.The CAF was best known in Pacific Northwest piping and drumming circles for managing the Skagit Valley Highland Games in Mount Vernon, Washington. CAF Board President David Ryberg said, “Our mission is about sponsoring, encouraging and promoting the Celtic Culture through events and educational activities: it’s a very logical relationship for all concerned and we welcome the chance to expand our programs in this way.”

Richendrfr is a former piper with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.


  1. Congrats for securing the future of the Winter School. The brainchild and pet project of John Callihan. If the future of the MSA can capture some of the original passion of the initiator, you’ll be all set. The original mission statement was to raise the level of play of Pipers, drummers and dancers in the Pacific Northwest. Although the organization has struggled with the typical pitfalls when it comes to a community board” to maintain the original scope



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