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For over 25 years, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts has provided a world-class education to students within our community and around the world.

Building on the vision of our late founder Scott MacAulay, the College now enters into a new era of excellence. We have already raised initial funding of $2,700,000 and designed a modern facility that will provide new opportunities for enhanced learning, culture, and community.

The new Performing Arts Education Centre is equipped to facilitate the growing needs of students, faculty, and programming. Each space is carefully designed to invite hard work, inspire dedication and provide opportunity to o er more programming — and to more students — than ever before.

We invite you, our neighbors, to join us in a combined e ort of public, private and corporate partnership to make this project a reality. Let’s work together and empower generations to come. Let’s work together and build the Performing Arts and Education Centre.

Questions? Call us for more information.

Business Manager
The College of Piping and Performing Arts of Canada
619 Water Street East
Summerside, PEI C1N 4H8

Office: (902) 436-5377
Email: roger.downie@collegeofpiping.com

Excellence Awards


Awards are offered in all disciplines to recognize excellence, encourage further study and development, and assist parents with tuition costs.  For more information about funding a Award, please contact us at 1-877-BAG-PIPE or info@collegeofpiping.com

Available Awards:

The Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship

Doug_Deb_at_collegeDoug and Debbie Hall make their homes in Cincinnati, Ohio and Springbrook, Prince Edward Island. They have had a long affiliation as donors, students, and advisors to The College of Piping. They have chosen to become the patrons for The College of Piping Pipe Band. Doug and Debbie recognize the importance of the role of music in children’s lives and they believe strongly that the personal development of a child is impacted positively through group activities.

Goals of the Hall Pipe Band Scholarship:

  • To inspire Belonging through performing and working with others
  • To inspire a sense of Accomplishment through learning achievements
  • To inspire Fun & Excitement through music performance
  • To inspire Leadership through personal and group competitions

As the patrons of The College of Piping Pipe Band, Doug and Debbie Hall have made it possible for hundreds of Island youth to experience and enjoy the power of music. In so doing, they are providing inspiration for parents to stand up, reach out and make a difference in the lives of their children.

Eligible students must:

  • Be 8-18 years old
  • Be residents of Prince Edward Island
  • Enroll in lessons in Highland bagpiping or drumming
  • Join the College band system when deemed capable by their instructor

A Scholarship includes:

  • One weekly group lesson from September through June

Scholarship recipients are expected to:

  • Write a thank you letter to Doug & Debbie Hall – Delivered to The College by December 1st of each year
  • Participate in at least one band fundraiser per year
  • Attend classes and practices regularly
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning


Value of a Scholarship

The total value of the Scholarship is $750.00


The Munro Family Award

The Munro Family Award was established in 2000 by Penelope Munro in honour of her family and their history on Prince Edward Island.  The Award is awarded annually to a deserving student enrolled in The College of Piping drumming program.  The recipient must be a resident of Prince Edward Island and be in at least their second year of studies.  The student must demonstrate a commitment to their art.

Congratulations to the 2017 winner, Aaron Trenholm!


Marion Riehl Award

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The Marion Riehl Award is awarded annually to a Highland dance student at The College of Piping. The intention of the Award is to encourage young people to study and participate in the ancient art of Highland dance.

Marion Riehl created this Award in recognition of her family’s Scottish heritage. Both Mrs. Riehl’s mother’s and father’s ancestors came from Scotland and settled in Prince Edward Island. Her mother, Jennie (Simpson) Humphrey, was a descendant of William and Janet (Winchester) Simpson, who were the very first settlers of Cavendish in 1790. Their log cabin was built by a pond in what today is the Green Gables Golf Course in the National Park.

The Riehl Award recognizes excellence in Highland dancing.

Congratulations to the 2017 winner, Erin Clow!


The Ernest Shaw Memorial Award (Munro Award)

This Award was established in 1999 by Penelope Munro to honour the memory of her father, the late Ernest Shaw.  The Shaw lineage can be traced back to the late 1700s when most of the first families arrived from Scotland to Prince Edward Island.  The Award is awarded annually to a deserving student enrolled in the bagpiping program.  The recipient must be a resident of Prince Edward Island and be in at least their second year of studies.  The student must demonstrate a commitment to their art.

Congratulations to the 2017 winner, Gideon Gallant!


Student of the Year Awards

One student from each discipline will receive this award at the Year End Recital in June. The awards reward students who consistently demonstrate the community spirit of the College in their actions, commitment and their interaction with others.

Step Dancing: Bella Rogers
Bagpiping: Peter Christie
Drumming: Mairi Brydon
Highland Dancing: Roshandra Stetson

Overall Student of the Year:
Alysha Trenholm