The World Online Piping & Drumming Championships Continue with Fall 2022 Registrations Open
Seattle, Wash., October 4, 2022. BagpipeLessons.com is pleased to announce upcoming dates for their Fall online piping and drumming competition of 2022. Providing extensive top-level judging and a welcoming and competitive environment, BagpipeLessons.com’s competition is the largest and top-ranked online piping competition available. As in-person competitions return, the World Online Piping & Drumming Championships (WOPDC) remain a popular option for competitors of all levels from around the globe who want a flexible competition experience and valuable feedback from a selection of highly experienced judges.
New in 2022 is a multi-competition title, the BagpipeLessons.com 2022 WOPDC Grand Champion, which will be awarded to a performer in each category with most points overall. As the last in the series of three seasonal competitions in 2022, the Grand Champion will be announced at the live awards ceremony on December 14, 2022.
This fall competition will also include two scholarship opportunities for outstanding pipers: the Colin MacKenzie Memorial Piobaireachd Challenge for pipers 18 and under and the Alasdair Gilles Memorial Challenge 2/4 March for pipers in all age groups.
Introduced in 2011, the WOPDC cultivates a growing global piping and drumming community and provides the valuable experience of competition for everyone from accomplished competitive professionals to beginners and those not yet involved in a piping association or pipe band. This style of competition promotes better musicianship and offers the chance to measure one’s skills against others in a broader setting. The WOPDC is the only online competition to offer total public access to the complete results, including every competitor’s video, placement and judge’s comments. This distinctive transparency, personalized judge commentary, and wide offering of event choices (80+), has been key to the continued success of the WOPDC.
More information can be found at BagpipeLessons.com/competition.
Competitor registration deadline is November 16, 2022.
About Jori Chisholm and BagpipeLessons.com
BagpipeLessons.com is the world’s leading site for bagpipe education. Chisholm has been teaching online one-on-one video lessons since 2003 when webcams and high-speed internet first became available. He was featured on the front page of the New York Times in a story about the growth of online music lessons. Chisholm created the world’s first series of bagpipe tune and video lessons, which have been downloaded by thousands of pipers around the world. As a competitive bagpiper, Chisholm has won many top awards, including the U.S. Gold Medal for Piping (four times) and many top awards in Scotland at the Argyllshire Gathering, Northern Meeting, Cowal Highland Games, and Royal Braemar Gathering. He has also played with the world-famous Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, winning the World Pipe Band Championships three times, performing at the Sydney Opera House, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and at New York’s Lincoln Center.
Chisholm is also one of the bagpipe world’s leading innovators, having developed many successful products including:
Tone Protector™: the world’s first digital reed protector which maintains the reed at a perfect, stable humidity level so it’s always ready to play (2010-2019 Product of the Decade Runner Up by pipes|drums).
Tone Protector™ Reed Case (2019 Product of the Year by pipes|drums)
Bagpipe Gauge: the best tool for helping pipers learn to blow their pipes strong and steady.
Piper’s Ultimate Reed Poker: a specialized tool to help pipers improve their sound and extend the life of their reeds.
Piper’s Advantage™ Bagpipe Phone Mount: the world’s first bagpipe phone mount for smartphones and metronomes.
Piper’s Metronome™: the best metronome app made specifically for the way pipers learn and express their tunes. Available for iOS and Android.