Dear Center for Irish Music supporters and students,

Spring term kicked off this week! We are thrilled to welcome 26 new students to the CIM. With our instructors hunkered down at home (during what would usually be a touring season), there is still lots of room in our classes for new students.

On Monday, St. Bridget's day, I had the pleasure of co-teaching this week's Singing Irish Songs at Home class to a sweet group of young singers aged 4-6. While some of us are sick of interacting online, others are just getting the hang of it! These young ones were managing their mute buttons, singing along and leading one another with silly dance moves with pure joy and enthusiasm. It was the highlight of my day.

We hope you will join us on Saturday, February 20th for Éigse CIM, A Virtual Gaela Event. Register now to bid on the silent auction (opening Feb 13th), make a contribution to the "Creating Community Through Irish Music" fund-a-need, and to enjoy entertainment by emcee Máirtín de Cógáin. The night will also feature musical performances by our students and instructors. The event is free, so it is the perfect opportunity to attend, and to invite all of your friends! Gaela boxes are sold out, but tickets to the event are unlimited.

Finally, I'd like to take a moment to thank CIM's volunteers and this year's Éigse sponsors. Our board of directors and Éigse planning committee are working hard to make this year's event a success. We are so appreciative of your time and dedication to the CIM.

Norah Rendell
Executive Artistic Director
Center for Irish Music

*CIM students: The "students" webpage is updated on a weekly basis. We request that current students bookmark this page and check in regularly to find out about upcoming dates, deadlines, events and student-related announcements. Thank you!
Register Now for Spring Term Classes & Lessons
Spring Term at the Center for Irish Music is underway, but it's not too late to register for these virtual classes and ensembles! Click the links below to learn more. Email Lily Gaetgaeow, registration coordinator, with questions or to enroll in private lessons on any of the 16 instruments we teach!
Éigse CIM, a Virtual Gaela Event
February 20, 2021 | 6:30 PM Pre-Show, 7:00 PM Gaela Program
Dress up in your finest, cozy up with a hot drink, and join us online for Éigse CIM, a Virtual Gaela Event!

Tickets include access to our virtual silent auction, gaela program, and streaming concert. You’ll also receive a collection of digital party favors to thank you for your support. Tickets are free, but pre-registration is required. You can also contribute to the event now and help us reach our fundraising goal for the night!

WHAT IS ÉIGSE CIM, A VIRTUAL GAELA EVENT?
Each year, we invite community leaders, volunteers, and musicians to our home at the Celtic Junction for a celebratory evening of music, food, and philanthropy. While it isn't safe to gather in person this year, we have a plan that involves YOU!

The Center for Irish Music and our good friend, Grammy-nominated Cork native Máirtín de Cógáin, invite you to join us in celebration by throwing your own party at home. Find a crisp shirt, a favorite dress, a fun bow tie, or special piece of jewelry, and tune in for an evening of virtual entertainment, streaming live from the Celtic Junction stage where our Executive Artistic Director Norah Rendell and Brian Miller, her husband and CIM instructor, will co-host from their own dinner table. Máirtín will lead us in a classy evening from his home in California. You'll enjoy videos and live performances from our instructors, hear from Center for Irish Music students, and have the chance to bid on a wide range of items in our Celtic-themed silent auction, which opens for bidding February 13th.

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime 100% virtual Gaela. We look forward to seeing you on February 20th!

Thank you to our generous event sponsors:
Minnesota Irish Music Weekend @ Home
June 10-13, 2021
Save the date for Minnesota Irish Music Weekend @ Home, presented by the Center for Irish Music!

This ground-breaking virtual festival pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians with learners of all ages for a weekend of workshops, lectures, sessions, and streaming concerts.

Each of our master artists is recognized for their musical expertise, and will offer insights and techniques to help learners tap into the deep roots of traditional Irish music.

Watch your inbox and visit centerforirishmusic.org/mim in coming months for program details, artist announcements, and a full schedule of events!
Virtual CD Release: Danny Diamond & Brian Miller
SATURDAY, FEB 27 | 2:00-3:30 PM

Join CIM instructors Danny Diamond (fiddle) and Brian Miller (guitar and bouzouki) as they celebrate the release of their new album Let Fly with a free virtual concert, streaming live from the CJAC Facebook page.

More Virtual Concerts from the Celtic Junction Arts Center This Month:
February 14th
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

FREE on Facebook Live
February 21st
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

FREE on Facebook Live
Taking Flight Collective Virtual Concert
FRIDAY, APRIL 16 | 7:30 PM

Join the Taking Flight Collective for a live stream performance of locally-produced traditional music!

The Taking Flight Collective is a cohort of 3 award-winning musicians and Center for Irish Music students, Joe De Georgeo (fiddle), Ian McKenna (accordion) and Adrienne O’Shea (flute & vocals). They will be joined by guitarist and bouzouki player Brian Miller, who is their mentor for this year-long project.

Read more about the musicians and the Taking Flight Collective on CIM's education blog.
2019-20 Annual Report Available Online
Our 2019-20 Annual Report is now available online!

Find a cozy place to curl up and take some time to read about all of the amazing things you made happen with your generous support.

This easy-to-share PDF annual report includes photos and stories from August 2019 through July 2020, as well as a full list of our wonderful donors and volunteers.

We recommend viewing in full screen mode on a desktop or tablet.

Support the CIM
The Center for Irish Music is a 501c3 nonprofit, and we depend on your support to continue passing down the tradition of Irish music and song. Please consider joining us as a volunteer or making a gift to the CIM today!
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