A successful solo competitor, Jori has won the United States Gold Medal four times and has placed in the top three in Scotland's Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal competition. This past summer, he won two firsts and was the overall champion piper at Scotland's Royal Braemar Highland Gathering. He was a member of the six-time Grade One World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from 1998 to 2015 and was a featured solo performer for the band on multiple occasions.
Jori Chisholm Jori has been has been featured as a soloist or band member on over 20 recordings, as well as performing with The Chieftains and with ex-Grateful Dead rocker Bob Weir and his band Ratdog. His debut solo album Bagpipe Revolution was nominated for Album of the Year by Pipes|Drums magazine.
Jori is one of the world's busiest and most sought after piping instructors. He's taught bagpipes for over 20 years, and was the first in the world to teach bagpipes online via webcam, starting in 2003. Jori's BagpipeLessons.com Studio website features hundreds of lessons, videos, tunes, hands-on demonstrations for pipers around the world to learn at their own pace and in conjunction with one-on-one lessons. Also, Jori designed and manufactures the Bagpipe Gauge, a specialized device custom made to teach pipers how to blow their pipes strong and steady. Jori has students of all ages around the world, including across the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, and Belgium.
The New York Times featured Jori's online teaching program, BagpipeLessons.com, and described him as a "top-tier teacher" in a front page story about the growth of Skype music lessons. American Profile Magazine featured Jori on the cover naming him one of the "world's elite pipers." In 2011, BagpipeLessons.com launched the world's first online piping competition and has grown the championship to include drumming.
Solo Piping Events will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 6 & 7, starting at 2:00 p.m. each day.
Saturday: Ceol Beg
Sunday: Piobaireach, & Quartets/Small Ensemble Events
Sign up for a private one hour lesson with Jori Chisholm to polish your tunes or get help with your pipes before the Festival begins!
Register here for the free Piping Workshops for participants in the Games.