It was with profound sadness that The College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of Canada announced the passing of its Director, Scott MacAulay, on September 10, 2008. A world-renowned piper, MacAulay was remarkable for the depth of his contributions to the preservation of Celtic culture and education on Prince Edward Island and beyond. With an abiding love of music and teaching, he ignited passion in the hearts and minds of many, particularly youth, to take pride in their Celtic heritage.
Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, MacAulay began piping as a young child. He went on to win solo and band competitions across North America and Scotland, and was arguably the best piping teacher in the world. During his career, he adjudicated, taught and performed extensively throughout the world and was recognized with awards and distinctions for his innovative teaching and composing.
In 1990, MacAulay became the founding director of The College of Piping in Summerside, and over the years worked tirelessly to bring The College to the forefront as a leading international centre for Celtic performing arts. With charm and a commanding presence, he never ceased to underscore the importance of preserving culture and heritage, and in doing so, generated tremendous community support for the College. As a teacher and mentor, MacAulay had a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of youth, who were inspired by his leadership to pursue excellence.
In addition to his teaching, administration, production and performance work, Scott was an accomplished composer. He was active in the national and international bagpiping communities, and did yeomans service on many provincial committees and organizations dedicated to improving our culture, education and tourism. In 2002 he was awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal, and in 2007 the PEI Caledonian Club honoured Scott for his contribution to Celtic culture on the Island.
A funeral was held on Monday, September 15, 2008, at St.Paul’s Church in Summerside. Interment took place in Dalmore Cemetery, Dalmore, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.