Dear CIM Supporters,

July is usually a quiet month for us, but with the groundswell of activity leading up to our trip to the All-Ireland Fleadh in Ennis from August 14-21st, the beginning of summer term, and wrapping up MIM, we have been busy as bees!  

Summer term is off to a good start with the highest enrollment we've ever seen at CIM!  It's not too late to register, so check out our summer offerings here

Before going full-steam ahead with summer, I'd like to thank the incredible team of volunteers who made the 10th Annual MIM weekend a great success.  Be sure to peruse the photos below taken by CIM's new Events & Communications coordinator, Aja Beers, or check out the album on Facebook.

Thanks also for those of you who jumped right in with gifts to make CIM's first group trip to the All-Ireland Fleadh happen.  After the Midwest Fleadh, 18 students and their families rallied together and made the commitment to go, but your financial backing makes this a community-supported endeavor.  We are very proud to be representing the Center for Irish Music in Ennis, and will keep you in the loop every step of the way.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, plus stay tuned for a new blog coming soon.

Finally, please join me in thanking CIM staff member Brianna Hager, who had her last few days at CIM in June.  Over the past 18 months, Brianna has brought enthusiasm and exceptional organizational skills to our events. Bri, we wish you and your family all the best as you prepare for your second baby!

Have a wonderful 4th of July! 

Executive Director
Thank you to everyone who made Minnesota Irish Music Weekend a success! 

View more photos from MIM on our  Facebook page

From left: Colm O'Donnell, Méabh Begley, Sean Gavin, James Kelly & John Carty perform at the Master Artists Concert
Méabh Begley teaches an accordion workshop.
Daíthí Sproule interviews James Kelly. 
Joe & Julia perform at the Teen Trad Showcase. 
Aislinn Gagliardi teaches a harp workshop.
Enjoying the Great Session Experience on Friday night. 

Summer Classes and Camps at CIM

Children's Summer Camps 

Exploring Irish Instruments

July 17-21, 9am-noon, ages 4-7, taught by Becca Michaelson


Rince agus Ceol Dance & Music Camp 

August 14-18, 9am-noon, ages 7-11, taught by Danielle Enblom


Playing Together - An Introduction to Ensemble Playing

August 21-25, 10am-12pm, ages 8-12, taught by Norah Rendell


Summer Private Lessons
Please contact Lorin  directly to schedule private lessons over the summer. Continuing students should have already received an e-mail from Lorin.  
Please include the following information: 
  • Your instrument 
  • Instructor preference, if any (consult instructors page)
  • Availability (weekday during day, weekday evenings, or weekends only - plus times)
Bringing Home the Tradition: We Did it!

Thanks to your generous contributions, we are on our way to the All-Ireland Fleadh in August!  In less than 10 days we met our Board Challenge Match , securing the resources to send an instructor to the fleadh to support the three groups who will be competing.

In addition, the students themselves played their way to reaching an initial goal of $2500, enabling each one of them to attend Scoil Éigse, the 4-day traditional Irish music workshop in Ennis before the competitions kick off.

We are overwhelmed by your support for this opportunity to "hand down the tradition" and look forward to bringing it back home to Minnesota.  

Go raibh maith agat!

Additional donations received through the end of our fiscal year (July 31, 2017) will now help to support additional student scholarships, low-cost instrument rentals, and public programs that reach nearly 15,000 music lovers every year. Private contributions from people like you help to pay for nearly 20 percent of our annual operations, helping to ensure that we're here to "hand down the tradition" for many years to come.
Fall Term Begins on September 5th

Fall term at the CIM runs from  September 5th - January 21st. The registration deadline is August 14th for returning students who wish to keep their current lesson times, and August 21st for family discounts. 

Keep your eye on for fall class schedules and registration information! 

Plan to Join us for the 
Irish Fair of Minnesota 
August 11-13 on Harriet Island!

Irish Fair 2016
Each year in August we celebrate all things Irish at the Irish Fair of Minnesota. We hope you will join us for a weekend full of family-friendly music, dance, crafts, sports, and fun with friends.

We are asking for your help in staffing our information booth to spread the word about the Center for Irish Music's wonderful classes and programs.

This is a wonderful way to meet fellow CIM students and families AND to share your enthusiasm for CIM with fair passers-by. Thank you in advance for the generous gift of your time.

Plan on joining us all three days of the fair to hear great music from our ensembles and instructors - and to cheer them on! We will post a CIM performance schedule in our August newsletter. You can also view the  complete schedule (when it is ready) on the Irish Fair's website.

Irish Fair 2016

Tuesday, July 4
CIM is closed for Independence Day. 

Thursday, July 13
Walking on Air, featuring local legend Laura MacKemzie, will reunite for a concert at the Underground Music Cafe. $10 admission. 7-9 pm. 

Sunday, July 23 
Get your fill of music and Minnesota history at Sibley House Voyageur Weekend. Dunquin, featuring CIM instructor Rosa Wells, will perform Sunday afternoon, times TBD. 

Saturday, July 29
Head to the Vintage Band Festival in Northfield for a chance to see Brass Lassie, with Laura MacKenzie and CIM instructors Danielle Enbloom and Mary Vanorny. 4-4:45 pm.

TradReleases NEW Irish Trad Release
A column listing newly released CDs
that might be of interest to our students.  

The Heathery Hills
By Rita Gallagher, TG4's Gradam Ceoil 2017 Singer of the Year

"The listener will quickly fall under the spell of the distinctive internal rhythm of her singing style, which is allied to her remarkably natural use of controlled ornamentation in the unconstrained and highly individual delivery of a melodic line." 
The Living Tradition


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Thank you in advance for remembering CIM as you do your online shopping!

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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 
arts and cultural 
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