Fam­ily do­nates $100,000 to Col­lege of Pip­ing, which will go to new cen­tre

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURES -

The Col­lege of Pip­ing and Celtic Per­form­ing Arts of Canada of Sum­mer­side has re­ceived a gift of $100,000 from Vanessa and Jonathan Mor­gan of Toronto.

The Mor­gans are de­scended from New An­nan, P.E.I. where their mother, the late Louise Mor­gan, helped spon­sor the early growth and suc­cess of the col­lege.

The Mor­gans’ gift will be added to the col­lege’s grow­ing cap­i­tal fund needed for the con­struc­tion and com­ple­tion of its new Celtic Per­form­ing Arts Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in Sum­mer­side. This new cen­tre will host ad­di­tional stu­dio, re­hearsal and per­for­mance space needed to ex­pand the growth of stu­dent en­rol­ment and to pro­vide year-round live per­for­mances of home grown Celtic tal­ent.

“The new in­door per­for­mance space will com­fort­ably seat 300 and re­places the for­mer out­door am­phithe­atre which had suc­cumbed to the el­e­ments,” a news re­lease states.

The in­sti­tu­tion was created to sup­port and pro­mote the heritage and cul­ture of Cana­di­ans who de­sired through ed­u­ca­tion and in­struc­tion in Celtic mu­sic and dance to pre­serve the tra­di­tions of their an­ces­tors.

It con­tin­ues to sup­port growth in these pur­suits and over the past 33 years has pro­vided its stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to join and per­form with the Col­lege’s pipe and drum bands and to com­pete in High­land Gath­er­ings where they meet and com­pete with other stu­dents of the great Scot­tish bag­pipe, Scot­tish style snare drum­ming High­land and Is­land Step dance.

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