May 2017

Dear CIM Supporters,

The 10th Anniversary Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is just under 6 weeks away, from June 9-11th.  Take advantage of early bird discounts when you register and pay by May 15th!

Also, register now for summer camps, group classes and private lessons.  Our summer term runs from June 12th through August 20th.

I hope you will all be joining us meet these legendary Irish traditional musicians:
  • John Carty - TG4 Musician of the Year from Sligo/London on fiddle & banjo.
  • James Kelly - TG4 Musician of the Year from Dublin on fiddle.
  • Colm O'Donnell - All-Ireland Champion on song, lilting, whistle & flute.
  • Méabh Begley of the famed Begley family from Kerry on accordion & song.
  • Sean Gavin recent winner of the Sean O'Riada Gold Medal competition (flute) from Chicago on flute & uilleann pipes.
  • NEW - Harp workshops on Saturday afternoon with Aislinn Gagliardi.
    • workshops on bouzouki by Brian Miller (Bua)
    • sean-nós dancing and dancing from Kerry by Danielle Enblom
    • composing melodies for guitar by Dáithí Sproule (Altan) 
    • Interviews with James Kelly and Colm O'Donnell 
    • and more...  
We are hoping to get some new young students interested in traditional music with Danielle Enblom's fantastic Beginner Children's Program for children ages 7-11.  This year, Danielle will be focussing on music and dance from Kerry.   Thanks for helping us spread the word!

Click on the links below to register for:


Take a moment to see the photos of CIM student, Carmen Pasquerella, performing in Ireland with 2013 MIM artist, Eamonn Cotter - an example of how the CIM is "handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians in our community".   Carmen, we are SO proud of you!  

As always, thank you for supporting the Center for Irish Music,

Norah Rendell, CIM Executive Director


The Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (pronounced 'flah') is a the main regional traditional
Ensemble Fleadh photo
CIM students at the 2015 fleadh in Cincinnati
Irish music competition put on annually by the international Irish music organization called Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This year, the fleadh will take place in St. Louis, Missouri from May 12-14.

We have 28 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 at the 2016 fleadh in Cincinnati
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 2017 will be held in Ennis from August 13-21. 

Important Financial Aid Deadline 
Please submit your  financial aid application for 
MIM and summer term by midnight on May 15th.  
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 17-21 from 9am - 12pm, ages 4-7) 
  • Introduction to the Irish Harp (June 26-30 from 10am-12pm, ages 8-12)
  • Rince agus Ceol Dance and Music Camp (August 14-18 from 9am-12pm, ages 7-11)
  • Playing Together - An Intro. to Ensemble Playing (August 21-25 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)
CIM Student Performs in Ireland

Congratulations to CIM student Carmen Pasquerella for her performances with Eamonn Cotter and the Eastview High School Band that took place Ireland this past March. Here are a few photos of the trip, courtesy of Frank Pasquerella.

2013 MIM artists Geraldine Cotter and Eamonn Cotter with CIM student, Carmen Pasquerella.

Eamonn and Carmen playing a set of hornpipes that Carmen learned from Eamonn's album, The Knotted Chord, with a little help from her instructor, Norah Rendell.
Eamonn and Carmen play flutes made by Eamonn Cotter himself!

Eastview High School Band Director, Frank Pasquerella, who organized the trip for his students. Frank is Carmen's Dad.

May 4-7
Enjoy performances from CIM instructors Chad MacAnally and Mary Vanorny and CIM student Karen Pogorzelski at the 2017 Festival of Nations! For more information and a schedule of events, visit the Festival of Nations website .  Don't forget to visit Irish On Grand's booth in the marketplace.

Sunday, May 7
A rare chance to see renowned flute player Kevin Crawford & uilleann piper Cillian Vallely live at the Celtic Junction Arts Center!  Both are members of the band Lúnasa, one of the most acclaimed and influential bands in the recent history of Irish music. Doors 6:30 pm, Concert 7:00 pm.

Friday, May 12 - Sunday, May 14
Please send your best wishes to our student musicians who are competing this weekend at the  Midwest Fleadh Cheoil  in St. Louis.  Keep track of their progress and accomplishments via our Facebook page.  We'll share photos and updates about the fleadh in our June newsletter.   

Monday, May 15
Deadline for all MIM registration discounts. Get your registration forms and payment in today to receive a discounted tuition rate! 

This is also the deadline to submit your  financial aid application  for MIM and summer term. 

Friday, May 19
Our CIM Spring Adult Student Open Mic will be held from 7-9pm at the Celtic Junction. Join us for a showcase of great music from our adult students!

Sunday, May 21
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.

Monday, May 29
CIM closed for the  Memorial Day Holiday.


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