MAY  2016
Dear CIM Supporters,

Happy Bealtaine, the traditional Irish May Day festival!  Bealtaine marks the beginning of summer in Ireland.  While we are not quite feeling summer-like yet here in Minnesota, the Center for Irish Music is gearing up for a busy May and a very full summer of events, summer camps, and classes!  Our executive director, Norah Rendell, will remain on maternity leave  until the end of May so please continue to direct questions to either Lorin, Erika, or Emily in the office.

This Thursday, 25 of our students, their families, and two CIM instructors will board a bus to Cincinnati for the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (our regional Irish music competition). Please send them your best wishes and cheer from afar as they compete in solos, duets, trios, and in group competitions.  

Registration is open for all of our summer camps, summer group classes, and Minnesota Irish Music Weekend programs.  You can register online via our website for all group classes and camps.  Please contact Lorin directly to schedule private lessons, as usual.  MIM registration forms can be found at our website as well.

Our spring recitals are coming up in three weeks!  Please invite your family and friends to these wonderful musical showcases.  Our recitals are favorite events for staff and instructors - getting to see and hear the result of all of our students' hard work is so inspiring!  

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Finally, mark your calendars for June 10-12th for the 9th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend  featuring 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) and Sheila Shigley (song).  In addition to the Great Session Experience and the Master concert, there will be workshops & lectures and excellent trad music programs for children, teens, and tweens throughout the weekend!

-Emily Flagstad, CIM Assistant Director


The Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (pronounced 'flah') is a the main regional traditional
CIM students at last year's fleadh in Cincinnati
Irish music competition put on annually by the international Irish music organization called 
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.  This year, the fleadh will be 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 have 25 students competing in solo, duo, trio, or group competitions this weekend.  The Advanced Youth Ensemble has been working towards the under-18 grúpa ceoil and ceili band categories with their director, Brian Miller.  All of our students have been diligently practicing their tunes and songs in preparation for this weekend's competitions.  Please cheer them on from afar!

CIM students Ian and Carmen at the 2015 fleadh
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. We strongly encourage students of any age to come each year! Keep up-to-date on students' results and see photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Musicians who place first or second in the Midwest competitions 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 website. For the past 4 years, a small group of CIM students have decided to make the trip with their families.

Important Financial Aid Deadline: 
Please submit your  financial aid application for 
MIM and summer term by midnight on May15th.  
ATTENTION:  Thanks to a generous donor, one teen student will receive a full financial aid scholarship to attend MIM.
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)
( Also, don't forget about the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend , an amazing festival presented by the CIM on June 10-12, 2016. During  MIM , we offer a  beginner program  for children ages 7-11 and an  intermediate-advanced program  with visiting artists from Ireland for teens ages 12-19. Information and  registration  is available on the  MIM  page.)

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)

CIM Logowear Merchandise Sale

We are excited to offer some great items as part of our spring logowear merchandise sale.   This order will be submitted after the recitals for summer availability.

We will have sample items displayed at the Spring Recitals on May 20th (Adult) and May 22nd (Children/Teens).

**PLEASE CONSIDER ORDERING AT THIS TIME.  It requires significant administrative organization and coordination to offer these items, so we encourage you to take advantage of this offer now.

Click here for photos of
items and color options 

Thank you!


Friday, May 6 - Saturday, May 7
Please send your best wishes to our student musicians who are competing this weekend at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in Cincinnati.  Keep track of their progress and accomplishments via our Facebook page.  We'll share photos and updates about the fleadh in our June newsletter.

Also, if you are headed to the Festival of Nations this weekend, be sure to seek out performances by CIM instructor Chad McAnally with Siobhan Dugan and Michal Sinak, listed simply as 'Irish Musicians' in the program schedule.  

Thursday, May 12
Head over to the Underground Music Cafe for this month's Celtic Music Showcase, from 7-9pm.

Sunday, May 15
Please submit your financial aid application for MIM and summer term by midnight on the 15th.   ATTENTION:  thanks to a generous donor, one teen student will receive a full financial aid scholarship to attend MIM.  

Monday, May 16
Today is the early bird deadline for discounts for our MIM Weekend.  Get your registration forms and payment in by today to receive the discounted tuition rates!

Friday, May 20
Our CIM Spring Adult Recital will be held from 7-9pm at the Celtic Junction, downstairs in Studio 4.  Join us for a showcase of great music from our adult students!

Sunday, May 22
Please join us for our CIM youth recitals from 1-6pm at the Celtic Junction in the large Studio 1.  More details as to which time you or your child will perform are forthcoming.

Sunday, May 29
Don't miss the incomparable Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill at the Cedar Cultural Center!  Music starts at 7:30pm.  

Monday, May 30
Group classes are not meeting this evening due to the Memorial Day Holiday.

Wednesday, June 1
Today is the registration deadline for summer classes and camps.  Please submit payment by today to receive family discounts.  


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June 10-12, 2016
at the Celtic Junction
Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is a unique festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages and abilities for a weekend of workshops, lectures, the Friday night Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert featuring the visiting artists.  


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