Happy New Year from the Center for Irish Music,

I hope each of you had a chance to relax and enjoy time with loved ones over the holiday season. Looking back to 2019, I'd like to thank our engaged, enthusiastic students and supporters for such a wonderful year at the Center for Irish Music. Check our the year in review that we created in our 2018-19 Annual report (click forward to page 4).

Looking ahead to 2020, it's time to register for Spring Term classes and to reserve your table/tickets for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event on February 22nd. Also, the shop is open for silent auction donations and WOW raffle donations!

Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend coming on June 11-14th, when the Center for Irish Music brings world-class Irish teachers and artists to St. Paul for an inspiring weekend of workshops and performances. The artist lineup will be announced soon.

Finally, scholar and musician Fintan Vallely is coming through town to visit a good friend and is dropping by CJAC's Eoin McKiernan Library for a free talk at 7:30pm on January 10, "Clattering feet and thumping the bodhrán - the percussive impulse in Irish music." Don't miss this chance to meet Fintan, and hear him talk about Irish music.

Wishing you an inspiring year full of musical breakthroughs in 2020!

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!
Spring Term Registration is now open!
The deadline for spring group class registration is  January 16th. Please  register now  if you are interested in taking a group class with the Center for Irish Music! Spring term starts January 27th and runs through May 24th.

Email  admin@centerforirishmusic.org with questions about classes or enrollment. Ready to sign up?  Click here to visit our online registration site !
CHILD & YOUTH INTRODUCTORY CLASSES

YOUTH ENSEMBLES**

* Late-start classes and will remain open for registration after January 16th

** Ensemble students will be automatically re-enrolled in their ensembles for Spring Term. Please notify Hannah Carr-Murphy of changes.
Center for Irish Music 2018-19 Annual Report
The Center for Irish Music 2018-19 Annual Report is now available online!

Learn what the Center for Irish Music has been up to in this easy-to-share PDF, with photos, stories, and more about our 2018-19 fiscal year. Brew a cup of tea, sit back, and enjoy.

A limited number of printed copies are available at the Center for Irish Music. Please contact us at admin@centerforirishmusic.org to request a copy.

Join us at Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event!
February 22, 2020
Join the Center for Irish Music on Saturday, February 22nd for Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event, our biggest fundraiser of the year! Don't miss this fabulous evening, including a traditional Irish dinner, a concert by celebrated CIM instructors, a silent auction, and more!

Dinner and Concert Guests
Come at 5pm and join CIM Instructors and the Advanced Youth Ensemble as we kick off the evening with a family-style Irish dinner. Dinner and concert tickets are $85.

Table Sponsors 
For $1000.00, sponsor a dinner table with seating for 10, and receive 3 complimentary bottles of wine (or pitchers of beer) to toast a magical evening! Table sponsors may choose to completely fill a table with 10 personal guests, or may ask to include a few CIM instructors to join them their table for dinner. Special thanks to all who gather a table of friends in support of CIM!
 
Concert-only Guests
Arrive at 7pm to enjoy the Silent Auction reception and a stellar concert featuring the CIM Instructors. Concert-only tickets are $25.00 per person in advance, $30 at the door.
Éigse Volunteers Needed!
Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event, couldn't happen without the energy of our wonderful volunteers! There are many roles to choose from, including decorators, dinner servers, set up and break down crews, and more. We'll thank you for your support with a meal, fantastic music and excellent company. Click here for a detailed list of volunteer opportunities .

Contact Aja McCullough Beers or visit our É igse CIM volunteer page for more information.
Now Accepting Silent Auction Items
We are currently requesting donations for our Éigse CIM silent auction! Click here to for more information and to fill out our donation form . Contact Eileen Degnan, silent auction chair, with silent auction questions.

If you know of a business that might be interested in supporting Éigse through a silent auction donation, please contact Aja McCullough Beers .
Sponsorship Opportunities
We invite your business or organization to help us hand down the tradition with an Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event sponsorship! We welcome sponsorships in any amount, with sponsorships of $500 or more receiving special benefits before, during and after our event.

Upcoming CIM Student & Instructor Events
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 | 7:00-9:00 PM
Celtic Music Showcase, featuring the McNordiques (Tom Klein)

MONDAY, JANUARY 27
Spring Term begins!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 | 8:00 PM
The HiBs (Jode Dowling)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 | 7:00-9:30 PM
Norah Rendell & the Lost Forty (Norah Rendell, Brian Miller, Randy Gosa)
This is not an exhaustive listing of all events within the Twin Cities Irish community. For more listings, please visit the  IMDA Event Calendar , and the  Celtic Junction Arts Center .
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!
This activity is made
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Minnesota through
a Minnesota State Arts
Board Operating Support
grant, thanks to a
legislative appropriation
from the arts and
cultural heritage fund.