A piper of 16 years experience, Jackie has played in all the New England states, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Glasgow, Edinburgh, other areas in Scotland and London. She is a member in good standing with the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association and the Competing League of Amateur Solo Pipers (UK) in grade 1, as well as earning a Bachelor of Arts in Scottish Music - Piping from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2015. She was also honoured with a position as Piper in the band Piper's Trail, specifically for playing the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Jackie also had the opportunity in the autumn of 2015 to guest lecture at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the subject of Piping.
Jackie studied clarsach, or Scottish harp, under the tuteldge of premier harpist Heather Downie at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is also an assitant tutor with the organization Harp Bazaar, helping with monthly harp workshops and competitions as well as being a member in good standing with the Comunn Na Clarsaich, or The Clarsach Society.
In addition to her piping tutors at the Conservatoire, Head of Piping Finlay MacDonald and Stuart Samson, MBE, Jackie receives tuition from Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland and Donald F. Lindsay of Petersburgh, NY. She has played in the past with the now defunct grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band of Troy, NY and the former grade 3 Catamount Pipe Band or Montpelier, VT (of which she is a founding member).
Jackie plays a Telynau Teifi Harlequin Telor Harp, Highland pipes made by R.G. Lawrie around 1908 made from African blackwood, ivory and silver, and plays chanters by Sinclair and McCallum. She also plays Scottish smallpipes made by Michael Dow of Maine and border pipes by Fred Morrison Reelpipes.
Massage & Yoga
Jackie was trained at The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in Albany, NY in a 1000 hour, full time massage therapy training program starting in September 2005. She graduated in June 2006 a confident, well educated massage therapist. Outside of school, she pursued extensive additional training in Craniosacral Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Therapeutic Spa Treatments, Orthopedic Massage, and Aromatherapy.
She became a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils in August 2007 after a two year interest in essential oils. She has completed 4 trainings in Classic and Vibrational Raindrop Technique, and is now a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist through a 250 hour Clinical Aromatherapy Program administered by the Institute for Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy. In June 2011, Jackie supplemented her understanding of the body by becoming a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher through a 200 hour training through the Kirpalu Center for Yoga & Health.
Jackie currently holds the following Qualifications:
- New York State Licensed by the New York State Office of the Professions
- Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
- Certified Clinical Aromatherapist by the Institute for Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy
- Registered Yoga Teacher - 200 Hours by Yoga Alliance
Jackie also holds a current CPR and First Aid Certification.