Special Holiday Edition
Dear CIM Supporters, 

Now that we've had our first measurable snowfall here in Minnesota, it certainly feels like winter!  However, we're not letting the weather slow us down as we prepare for a lively December full of events.
Please join us at all of our recitals this month.  In an effort to showcase all of the immense talent in our community we have separated the recitals into three events! Please invite your family and friends.  We would especially like to invite you to our Advanced Youth Ensemble Concert on December 12th.  
We are happy to introduce our newest office staff member, Lorin Velikonja. Lorin comes to us with many years of administrative experience.   She will be in the office M,T,Th from 10am-2pm and W from 2-6pm.  Please welcome Lorin and introduce yourself.  We are delighted to have her as part of our office team!

Welcome to this new, mobile-friendly newsletter format.  We are interested in your feedback, so we would love for you to take 2 minutes to answer a few questions.  Let us know what you think and if you have any ideas for improvement.  

Don't forget that classes don't stop after recitals.  Our fall term continues through December 20th and then resumes on January 4th.  Watch for spring term registration soon!

All of us at CIM wish you the most wonderful of holiday seasons.  

-Emily Flagstad, CIM Assistant Director
MIM 2015
CIM Fall Recitals        

We hope you,  your family and friends 
will join us for all of our fall recitals.
The recitals are our staff's favorite events of the year; where we can see and hear all of the tunes and/or songs that our students have been working on so diligently!  

There will be a potluck following all of the recitals, so please bring a treat to share.  We will provide the beverages.

  • 1:00pm Youth Recital 1  (Tin Whistle Troupe, Intermediate whistle class & 12  years and under solos that are not in Corncrake or Swallowtail ensembles)
  • 4:00pm Youth Recital 3  (Intermediate Fiddle Ensemble, Linnet Ensemble, Starling Ensemble and 13 years and older solos)  

  If you already plan on shopping online   -  for holiday greenery, 
                                                                     - for gifts on Amazon, or 
                                                                     - for cards via Shutterfly or Tiny Prints

...please consider purchasing through the following links. The CIM receives a percentage of every purchase. Thank you in advance for your generosity and please share the links with your family and friends.

Lynch Creek Farm
 - Peruse Lynch Creek Farm's beautiful collection of fresh wreaths, garlands, and centerpieces.  20% of each purchase goes towards paying for our students to travel via bus to the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in Cincinnati.
  - Free shipping direct to your home
  - YOU determine date of shipping 
Amazon Smile - Set up your Amazon Smile account to benefit the Center for Irish Music, then use this link every time you shop. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to CIM.  

Shutterfly - Shop for photos, cards, invitations, and more and CIM receives 13% of your purchase price.  

Thank you in advance for remembering CIM as you shop this holiday season!

Saturday, December 5
Join Barra, The Hi-Bs, Patsy O'Brien, and The Eddies for Yule Fest VIII at the Celtic Junction at 7pm. All proceeds go to the Food Group for stocking food shelves in Minnesota.

Sunday, December 6
The CIM Fall Youth Recitals are a wonderful way to hear the tunes and songs our students have been working on since September. Please invite your family and friends!  1-6pm at the Celtic Junction.  (More information, above)

Thursday, December 10
You're in for a treat as CIM students perform at the Celtic Music Showcase at the Underground Music Cafe from 7-9pm.  The first half will feature open mic-style performances and the second half features the amazing Young Adult Ensemble.  Contact Norah at if you would like to sign up to play in the first half.  There are only about 5-6 spots available!

Friday, December 11
Enjoy a night of holiday songs and tunes at Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas show at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Kate's at 7:30pm.

Saturday, December 12 
You won't want to miss CIM's Advanced Youth Ensemble Holiday concert!  This year's advanced youth ensemble features an exciting line up of twelve young musicians playing fiddle, button accordion, flute, whistle, piano, guitar, and song. They will perform new material in full group arrangements, solos, duos, and trios. Hear lovely traditional Irish music by these hardworking and gifted musicians at this special afternoon event!  3-5pm. $5 at the door, $20 per family, kids under 12 are free.

After the ensemble concert, stay at the Celtic Junction for Charlie Heymann's Yuletide Sing! Charlie will be joined by special guests Paddy O'Brien & Erin Hart, Tom Klein, Shawn McBurnie, and Hannah Flowers.  5-7pm.  Only $5 for CIM students, $10 general admission.

Sunday, December 13
CIM's talented adult students will showcase their music at the Fall Adult Recital.  1-2:30pm at the Celtic Junction.

Friday, Dec. 18 & Saturday, Dec. 19th
There will be holiday fun for the whole family at the Celtic Holiday Hooley at the Celtic Junction.  Doors open at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm.

Monday, December 21st - Sunday, January 3rd
CIM is closed for the winter break.  Classes resume on Monday, January 4th


The Center for Irish Music 
and honorary chairs 
Peter and Claire Killen of Cara Pubs and Emerald Real Estate invite you to dress up in your finest, 
bring your friends and join us at the Celtic Junction for 
Éigse  CIM, A Gaela Event
Ensemble with decorations, Eigse 2012

Save the Date!
February 20, 2016
5:00 - 10:30 p.m.


    Pride of New York will be teaching
    at MIM in June!

  - JOANIE MADDEN (flute, whistle)
  - BRENDAN DOLAN (keyboards)

  - BILLY McCOMISKEY (accordion)
  - BRIAN CONWAY (fiddle)

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June 12-14, 2015
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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the 
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heritage fund.

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