Edinboro University’s first bagpiping major to present senior recital
Free performance to showcase piper’s skill11/26/2012
The unmistakable hum and skirl of bagpipes are integral to the soundtrack of campus life at Edinboro University, where the Scottish heritage of the school's founders remains a vital part of the University identity.
Few Edinboro pipers, however, can match the energy and passion of senior Sean Patrick Regan, who soon will have a claim that no piper anywhere can match: the world's first music education degree with a concentration in piping.
Regan, 24, a Pittsburgher who expects to graduate in May, will present his senior recital, "An Afternoon on the Pipes," on Saturday, December 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the University's Cole Auditorium-Memorial Hall. Admission is free.
The recital will include both modern and classical arrangements from the piping repertoire, including the debut of an arrangement for organ and bagpipe. Regan will perform with recorded accompaniment, most of which he performed himself, including percussion and additional bagpiping.
"At any given time, you'll hear between two and four of me playing," he said.
A piper for 16 years and the son and grandson of pipers – his father and mentor, Patrick Regan, is instructor of bagpiping at Edinboro University – Sean Patrick Regan has been performing professionally for more than a decade. In 2012 alone, he has been Grade 1 Midwest Champion, winner of the "Best of the Boro" talent show and Champion Supreme of the World Online Piping & Drumming Championship.
Sean Patrick Regan is the youngest person, at age 19, to teach as a guest instructor at the College of Piping in Glasgow, Scotland, and the youngest to found and lead a bagpipe summer camp. The Edinboro Scottish Arts Summer Camp on the University campus will return for a second year in July 2013.
When he isn't performing solo, Sean Patrick Regan teaches privately, both in person and via Skype, and is involved in the EUP Pipe Band, the EUP Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Great Lakes Pipe Band.
On track to release a new album in December, he looks ahead to continuing his professional career with an aim of entertaining and teaching people of all ages who have an interest and passion for music and the Great Highland Bagpipe.