The 48th TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend and AGM will be held from

 July 24 - July 26, 2020 at

Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

Join us in Calgary and enjoy a weekend with fellow teachers from around the world. 

Teacher for the weekend classes will be
Ron Wallace
Musicians will be Judi Nicolson, Ian Muir, Kathy Fraser Collins, and Fred Collins.
 
     

Dance Teacher - TCW 2020

 

Ron Wallace Rohnert Park, California


   

Some of my earliest memories include watching my parents performing Scottish dance at a Burns Night celebration in Mapleton, Minnesota, where my mother grew up. The organization was started by her uncle and over the years twelve of my relatives were involved. Many of the Scots who settled this area arrived before the SCDS was formed. Their dance style hadn’t evolved with the times as it did in Scotland. For example, dance pumps as we know them today were worn for performance, but not social dancing.

This was a very fertile ground to “grow up with it” and produced dreams of teaching it. When my parents bought a restaurant and my mother couldn’t continue teaching, I had the opportunity to take over. So, at a very early age, that’s exactly what I did. 51 years later I reflect on how little I knew then and how little I know now! The more I learn, the more I want to know.

In 1981, teaching Scottish dance and music became a full-time endeavor with classes in highland, step dance, Cape Breton step, country dance, and piping. Teaching these forms has taken me around the world and provided many an adventure. What better life than to share traditions old and new with all who love to dance!


   

 

 Class Musicians - TCW 2020

 

Judi Nicolson Denton, Texas

Music Director

 

     

Scottish fiddler Judi Nicolson is a consummate performer, her dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music has created a demand for her solo appearances, concerts and dances throughout the UK and Americas with a variety of groups. Judi is also a USA approved FIRE judge and will be adjudicating her second US Scottish Fiddle Championship competition later this year.

Although classically trained from an early age, her passion was to play Traditional Scottish Fiddle Music. By the age of fifteen, she had won three major Open Scottish Fiddle Championships. Judi went on to play throughout the UK both as a soloist and with some of the finest Scottish Dance Bands. Over the years, she has recorded numerous sessions for Radio, appeared on television and in Theatre.

For more than a decade, Judi has been playing for Concerts, Ceilidhs, Scottish Country dances, workshops, and RSCDS Ball’s throughout the US and Canada. She has played for both Adelaide and Melbourne Winter Schools, Australia in 2017 and 1019 respectfully, and Music Director for Boston Harbor Fiddle School 2019.

Judi has recorded 3 solo albums and 14 albums with a variety of great musicians including her CD ‘Fiddle My Style’ in 1917 along with fellow musicians Kathy Fraser-Collins (Piano and Accordion), Fred Collins (Drums) and Rob Wolanski (Double Bass and Guitar). Her book of compositions, ‘Waves of Sound’, was published in 2002, and a second book ‘Fiddle My Style’ was published in 2018.

An exciting new CD ‘Fire Away’, recorded in November 2019 was released this year along with Ian Muir, Kathy Fraser-Collins, Fred Collins and guest musician Rob Wolanski. This 20 track CD has a variety of styles and tempo’s suitable for Dancing and listening.

Judi is honored to be Musical Director for TAC 2020 held in Calgary, Canada this summer.

 

 

Ian Muir  Prestwick, Scotland

 

   

 

Ian has been playing for Scottish dancing in all its forms for the past 40 years.  Scottish Country Dancing, Ceilidh, and Old-Time dancing have been the mainstay of his long career in music.  As well as playing for dancing he has performed solo in Scottish Variety theatres throughout the country and has toured extensively in Europe and the Middle East.  He formed his own Scottish danced band in 1984 and has been a regular contributor on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ programme as a bandleader and for two summer seasons was the programme’s presenter.

He combines playing duties with his tutorial role as Principal Accordion Tutor in the Scottish Music Department at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a post he has held for 23 years.

Since 2012 Ian has been on staff at three TAC Summer School events in Portland, Oregon, Bishops’ University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and at UBC in Vancouver.  He played at the Vancouver Branch’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, the San Francisco Branch’s Asilomar weekend in California in 2013, and the Edmonton, Alberta weekend school.

Recent studio recordings include RSCDS Book 51, a commission by Bill Little for part of his Carlingwork Collection, and a recent collaboration with Judi Nicolson, Kathy Fraser-Collins, and Fred Collins in the album “Fire Away.”

Ian is very much looking forward to playing at the TAC Summer Events in Calgary!

 

 

Kathy Fraser-Collins

Ste. Anne de Prescott, Ontario

     

Kathy was born in a rural farming community near the Scottish settlement of Glengarry County, Ontario. She began playing the piano at age 5 and spent 35 years performing with Bobby Brown and the Scottish Accent and Cape Breton Symphony Fiddlers for many tours, workshops, dances, and recordings. With degrees from McGill and University of Toronto, she taught high school music from 1980 to 2009, retiring from her hometown school in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Kathy was inducted into the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Along with her husband Fred, she remains very involved in the music scene in their area. They are members of the Quigley Highlanders Pipes and Drums, E.H. Gospel Sound and enjoy promoting young local musicians through their own Torridon Scottish Dance Band. They recently have been privileged to work with many other outstanding musicians including Judi Nicolson and Ian Muir and were thrilled to collaborate with them on our new CD “Fire Away”! Kathy was honoured to be named Music Director for the 2015 and 2016 TAC Summer Schools and is thrilled to be participating once again in Summer School 2020.

 

 

Fred Collins

Ste. Anne de Prescott, Ontario

     

Drumming was an early passion for Dundee born Fred Collins and the opportunity came when joining the Boy’s Brigade at age 12. Fred soon became a member of the competitive MacLeod Pipe Band performing at highland games throughout Scotland. With members of his Boy’s Brigade, he formed a Scottish Country Dance band “The Gie Gordons” while also being called upon to play with such bands as Jimmy Shand, Angus Fitchet and John Ellis. On a “holiday” to Canada in 1954, Fred was immediately recruited by the Toronto Scottish Pipe Band and shortly thereafter joined Ed Brydie & “The Four Scots”, providing music for the first SCD class in Toronto. After two years back in Dundee, Fred returned to Canada in 1964 and over the years was a member of a variety of dance bands including Stan Hamilton, Angus MacKinnon, Don Bartlett, Alex Jappy, Bobby Brown & the Scottish Accent and the Cape Breton Symphony Fiddlers. Fred’s ‘other’ life has included a managerial position with Shell Canada, his own renovation company, percussion tutor and repair technician and last but not least............farmer!!!!