The camp is open to everyone irrespective of playing ability – from complete beginners to accomplished professionals. Principal of the Academy is Piping Press editor Robert Wallace and he will be assisted by US professional piper Matt Pantaleoni. Other tutors will be added as demand dictates.
Costs for the four-day camp are $680 and this includes all meals accommodation and class fees. Non-residents pay $440 and this includes all meals and class fees. Teaching will concentrate on improving technique and bagpipe sound, as well as building repertoire in both ceol mor and ceol beag. PDQB examinations will be offered. Each evening there will be a piping ceilidh with contributions from instructors and students.
Robert Wallace said: ‘We will encourage hard work in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Our aim is to make a significant improvement in the playing standards of all those who attend, but we want to achieve that with a positive, encouraging, approach. This will be the central ethos of the Academy. We will set a realistic target for each student and help them in every way possible to reach it, therefore there will be as much one-to-one instruction as is possible within the daily schedule.’