Pip­ing part­ner­ships

Col­lege of Pip­ing and Hol­land Col­lege School of Per­form­ing Arts part­ner for new pro­grams

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY MILLICENT MCKAY millicent.mckay@jour­nalpioneer.com

Op­por­tu­ni­ties are broad­en­ing for Col­lege of Pip­ing and Celtic Per­form­ing Arts of Canada and Hol­land Col­lege stu­dents — stu­dents like Calum Bry­don, who is plan­ning on study­ing per­form­ing arts at Hol­land Col­lege while still learn­ing from the Col­lege of Pip­ing.

“I’ll be at­tend­ing Hol­land Col­lege in the fall. My pri­mary in­stru­ment will be guitar, but I’m ex­cited to be able to play the pipes at that fa­cil­ity as well.”

Re­cently, James MacHat­tie and Michael O’Grady signed a mem­o­ran­dum en­ter­ing the in­sti­tu­tions into a learn­ing part­ner­ship.

MacHat­tie is prin­ci­pal of the Col­lege of Pip­ing in Sum­mer­side, while O’Grady is vice-pres­i­dent of in­no­va­tion, en­ter­prise and strate­gic de­vel­op­ment at Hol­land Col­lege.

“We will share hu­man re­sources and we hope to have in­struc­tors from Char­lot­te­town host­ing work­shops here at the Col­lege of Pip­ing but also have in­struc­tors from here come to our fa­cil­ity in Char­lot­te­town,” ex­plained Gay­lene Car­ragher, di­rec­tor of Hol­land Col­lege’s school of per­form­ing arts.

O’Grady said the idea of part­ner­ing with the Sum­mer­side school be­gan in late fall of 2016.

“We were al­ways aware of the ex­is­tence of the Col­lege of Pip­ing and the po­ten­tial for a part­ner­ship which has be­come more preva­lent re­cently. This is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents at both in­sti­tu­tions to work on different skills.”

O’Grady and MacHat­tie ex­pect the pro­grams to be­gin this fall.

“Now we’re mov­ing for­ward to start a com­mit­tee that will be com­prised of ad­min­is­tra­tors, in­struc­tors and stu­dents from each in­sti­tu­tion,” said O’Grady.

MacHat­tie is op­ti­mistic the part­ner­ship will

ex­tend the reaches of both schools as well as raise their pro­files.

“There is a mu­tual re­spect for the qual­ity of each of the pro­grams the in­sti­tu­tions pro­duce. This part­ner­ship is a sign for the fu­ture and where things will go.”

For now, the in­sti­tu­tions will work over the sum­mer and early fall to plan the pro­grams that will be avail­able at each lo­ca­tion.

MILLICENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PIONEER

Michael O’Grady, left, vice-pres­i­dent of in­no­va­tion, en­ter­prise and strate­gic de­vel­op­ment at Hol­land Col­lege, and James MacHat­tie, prin­ci­pal of the Col­lege of Pip­ing and Celtic Per­form­ing Arts of Canada, sign a mem­o­ran­dum part­ner­ing the Col­lege of Pip­ing and Hol­land Col­lege for some ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and per­for­mances.

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