In the belief that music and the arts are key to connecting cultures and understanding our roots, Scottish Partnership for Arts and Education provides cultural experiences and educational opportunities in Scottish traditional arts and the historic connections between Scotland and the USA by conducting classes, workshops, lectures and public performances. Please contact us to find out more.


Good fortune, good future through arts and education

SPAE Board of Directors


Michael Herron

 President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary & Webmaster

Diane Betts

1st Vice-President

Diane McCullough

Artistic Director & Grants Administrator


Carolyn Peters


Todd Jones


Becky Warren


Alex Sutherland

In Memoriam























2015 giveSTLday - May 5, 2015


On May 5, 2015, SPAE will be participating in giveSTLday.  This is a day when all St. Louisans are encouraged to donate to

multiple non-profits that are in St. Louis.  Last year, over $1 million was raised for over 500 non-profits.  This year, close to 800

non-profits will be participating.  The link below will be active on May 5th from 12 AM until 11:59 PM.  You can donate below

on that day or go to the website to select other non-profits to support.
































2015 Gaelic Psalm Singing and American Music Conference


Our conference is scheduled for April 25-26, 2015.  12.5 hours of Professional Development will be offered for teachers.  You can find more information here.


St. Andrew's Society Tartan Day Fundraiser


Due to rising expenses in their usual place in St. Charles, Tartan Day will be unable to present its' annual festival in April of 2015.  The St. Andrew's Society of Greater St. Louis is holding a fund raiser to help the Tartan Day's so that they may present their festival in 2016.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015.  SPAE is sponsoring the performance of the Wee Heavies for the event.  You can find more information on their website.


SPAE Quarterly (Winter 2015) and 2014 Annual Reports are Available


You can access our latest SPAE Quarterly by clicking here.  You can also access our latest Annual Report by clicking here.


Brian McNeill releases a new DVD


Brian McNeill has recently released his new DVD "Under the Lothian Sky", which was filmed here in St. Louis at the Focal Point.  You can find more information and order a copy by going to his webiste.




Our Summer 2014 Newsletter is available by clicking here.


Kilted 5K


Due to our Celtic Psalm Singing Conference in April, 2015, the SPAE Board of Directors has decided to postpone our 2015 Kilted 5K.  We will post information here when we finalize plans for our 2016 Kilted 5K.


2014 - 2015 Brochure


You can view or download our current brochure by clicking here.


Weaving Musical Traditions


SPAE is again partnering with HEC-TV to help with a new project entitled "Weaving Musical Traditions." This first (of many) episode will feature Scottish musical traditions in the United States. Board Members Diane McCullough and William Ray have been interviewed and are contributing extensively to this project. We hope to premiere the film in the fall of 2014.  Please check back for updates.


In the past, SPAE has partnered with HEC-TV for an episode of "Behind the Minds" with Brian McNeill and "Inside the Artist's Studio", also with Brian McNeill.  This interactive program allowed string students around the world to interact live in a class with Brian. HEC-TV also filmed Brian's concert at The Focal Point in the fall of 2012, with footage to be used in the "Weaving Musical Traditions" episode and, hopefully, in a concert DVD that Brian will be producing.


St. Louis Review


Here is a wonderful article about the SPAE workshops at Ursuline Academy. Click here for the article.


Citizens Day at the Legislature


On February 6, 2013, the St. Elizabeth Academy Select Singers and the McCluer North High School Orchestra performed at the Capitol Building Rotunda in Jefferson City, Missouri, for the Missouri Citizens for the Arts' Citizens Day at the Legislature. SPAE was invited by the Missouri Citizens for the Arts to bring these two groups to this annual event.  To see videos from the day, please click on the videos tab above.




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