JUNE 2016
Special MIM Edition
Dear CIM Supporters,

The 9th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is almost here!  We are so excited to welcome a uniquely Irish-American line-up of Brian Conway (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Dolan (flute & piano), the return of the amazing Joanie Madden (whistle & silver flute) plus some fantastic local and regional instructors.   We are very sad to announce that singer Sheila Shigley had to cancel coming to MIM  due to an illness in her family.   In addition to the Great Session Experience and the Master concert, there will be workshops, the Teen Trad Showcase, lectures and excellent Irish music programs for children, teens, and tweens!  It is not too late to register.  We hope to see you there!

This coming Monday, June 6th from 7-8pm, we would like to invite you to a fun evening of stellar music at a concert by our very own Advanced Youth Ensemble at Como Dockside.  This will be a great community event; bring your families and friends for a quintessential Minnesota lakeside concert!

Our Summer term starts on Monday, June 13th!  Register now for summer camps, group classes, MIM and private lessons.  You can register online via our website for all group classes and camps;  please contact Lorin directly to schedule private lessons.  MIM registration forms can be found at our website as well.

Last month, 25 of our students, their families, and two CIM instructors boarded a bus to Cincinnati for the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (our regional Irish music competition). We are immensely proud of all of our students who worked so hard to prepare their tunes and songs for this competition!  Check out a full list of students who participated and statistics below.

Thank you to all of you who came and supported our students at our Spring Recitals!  What stellar celebrations of our students' talents they were!  Photos from the recitals will be available to view soon on our Facebook page.

And finally, please welcome our executive director, Norah, back from maternity leave.  Norah is back doing administrative work now and will be back teaching on Tuesdays this summer.  Thank you to all who stepped in to help CIM to run smoothly during Norah's leave!

-Emily Flagstad, CIM Assistant Director


We are so excited to welcome our first band to the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, Pride of New York!  
There is something for everyone during the weekend, musicians and non-musicians alike, including:
  • Renowned artist Joanie Madden will share her knowledge on tin whistle and flute tunes and technique. 
  • Interviews with Brian Conway (fiddle) and Billy McComiskey (button accordion), hosted by Dáithí Sproule.


  • Friday, June 10, 7-9pm at the Celtic Junction
Join in the fun as we fill every nook and cranny of the Celtic Junction with tune and song sessions! Bar and snacks available. 

  • Saturday, June 11th, 7:30pm at the Celtic Junction 
  • Featuring visiting artists - The Pride of New York.  Don't miss the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend!  
  • Order concert tickets online now!
  • Saturday, June 11th, 5:00-6:30pm
Tickets can be purchased for individual events (workshops/lectures /concert) and in packages on the registration form.  *Pre-orders for dinner are required as we will have the dinner catered.  Order dinner on the registration form

Summer Classes and Camps at CIM
- Registration open now -

Children's Summer Camps 
Each summer, the CIM plans a selection of fun, creative, physically active, and educational music camps that cater to new and experienced students alike. With a central location at The Celtic Junction, near to the beautiful Newell Park, many CIM camps include a daily jaunt outside to relax in the fresh summer air. Registration is now open!
  • Exploring Irish Instruments (July 18-22 from 9am - 12pm, ages 4-7) 
  • Introduction to the Irish Harp (August 1-5 from 1-3pm, ages 8-12)
  • Playing Together - An Intro. to Ensemble Playing (August 22-26 from 10am - 12pm, ages 8-12)
Summer Group Classes
Our variety of youth and adult ensembles continue over the summer. Additionally, we are offering several adult song classes to enrich your summer learning!  Check out all of the offerings here.  

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)
Como Dockside Performance
with the Advanced Youth Ensemble
CIM's Advanced Youth Ensemble

Please join us for a fun 
evening of
music on Monday, June 6th at 
this beautiful venue overlooking Lake Como!  Our Advanced Youth Ensemble will perform starting at 7pm .   Full group arrangements will be mixed with solos, duos and trios in what promises to be a magical night of traditional
Irish  music...and maybe even a step or two!  We hope to see you on Monday night.

Most of our students who competed at the Fleadh

The Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (pronounced 'flah') is a the main regional traditional Irish music competition put on annually by the international Irish music organization called 
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This year, the fleadh was hosted by the Craobh Riley and the Riley School of Irish Music in Cincinnati, Ohio from May 6-8 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza Hotel.  Next year, 2017, the fleadh will be in St. Louis!

We had 24 students and one instructor compete in solo, duo, trio, and/or group competitions at the fleadh.  We would like to congratulate ALL of the hard-working,  dedicated, and talented students who participated this year:

Derek Anderson
Owen Larson Liam O'Shea
Hannah Anderson Morien McBurnie Carmen Pasquerella
Declan Coleman Fiona McKenna Gabby Pasquerella
Finn Coleman Ian McKenna Ella Pierce
Joe DeGeorgeo Cathal Mee Kaitlin Pierce
Julia DeGeorgeo Holiday Nelson Victoria Pierce
Shannon Delahanty Adrienne O'Shea Arjun Ramachandran
Nevellie Larson Ciara O'Shea Nadia Simons
CIM students Declan, Joe, and Ian
Ours students were rewarded for all of their hard work with an impressive 29 medals in 37 competitions!  In our two group competitions, CIM placed 2nd in both the grupa cheoil and ceili band.  Other statistics for the weekend:

First place medals:            17 
Second place medals:         7
Third place medals:            5

Please also join us in thanking all of our CIM instructors who prepared these students for their fleadh competitions!  We are fortunate to have instructors of such high calibre here at CIM handing down the tradition!

In addition to the competition, a major focus of the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil is the comaraderie and the enjoyment and satisfaction of setting (and achieving) musical goals.  All of the students, parents, and instructors had a wonderful time getting to know one another better as we enjoyed tunes on the bus, meals together and many good chats throughout the weekend.

Musicians who placed first or second qualify to compete in Ireland at the All-Ireland Fleadh. The Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 will be held in Ennis from August 14-22. More information is on the  fleadhcheoil.ie website. For the past 4 years, a small group of CIM students have decided to make the trip with their families.  


Friday, June 3
The Two Tap Trio will get your feet tapping at the Flint Hills International Children's Festival from 12:30-1pm on the World Music Stage in Rice Park in downtown St. Paul.

Saturday, June 4
Enjoy a fun morning with the Two Tap Trio at Flint Hills International Children's Festival!  At 11:15am they'll be accompanying the dancers from Rince na Chroi on the World Music Stage in Rice Park in downtown St. Paul.  

Monday, June 6
Enjoy an evening of great music from CIM's Advanced Youth Ensemble at Como Dockside on beautiful Lake Como from 7-9pm!  

Friday, June 10 - Sunday, June 12
Join us for the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend!  Complete details at our website.

Monday, June 13
Summer term begins!  Summer term runs for for 10 weeks from June 13 through August 21, 2016.


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