Greetings CIM supporters and fans,

18 Center for Irish Music students are back on Minnesotan soil after an unforgettable trip to Ennis for the All-Ireland Fleadh.  Students and their families spent a week together learning tunes at Scoil Éigse, competing, sessioning, busking, going to world-class concerts and meeting traditional musicians from all over the world!  Thanks to all of you who supported this initiative.  The energy generated from this experience will fuel the CIM for years to come.

13 year-old CIM student, Carmen Pasquerella with her instructor Norah Rendell after placing 3rd in flute slow airs - CIM's first ever place at the All-Ireland Fleadh!
Our students played beautifully in solo, duo, trio and 3 group competitions (12-15 and 15-18 ceili bands, and 15-18 gruppa ceoil),  returning home with one place -  Carmen Pasquerella placed 3rd in the slow air competition in the 12-15 category.  Congratulations, Carmen!  We are so proud of you, and of all the CIM students who competed in Ireland.

Back on the home front, we are busy preparing for Fall term starting Tuesday, September 5th. Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered their time at our Open House this past Sunday!

Register now for Fall term if you haven't already, and we hope to see you next week.  

On behalf of all of us at CIM, we wish you a wonderful Labour Day weekend !

Norah, Aja, Lorin and Erika
-CIM Staff
Register Now for Fall Term at CIM

It's not too late to register! 

CIM offers instrumental and singing classes for children, teens, and adults taught by world-class teachers - both privately  and in a group setting. 

Fall term begins Tuesday, September 5th and is 17 weeks long. 

There are a few classes starting in the next week that need a few more students in order to run. Do you have friends who might be interested?

Classes for Children

Tin Whistle Troupe with Iain Dove-Lempke, for children ages 7-11. Thursdays, 5:30-6:15pm starting September 7.  $204. 
N eeds 3 more students to run !

Irish Gaelic Songs for Young Singers with Dáithí Sproule, for children ages 10-14. Mondays from 5:00-5:45pm, first class September 11th.  $93. 
  Needs 2 more students to run !

Classes for Adults

Irish Pub Songs 1 with Todd Menton. Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30pm, first class September 5th.  $124.
N eeds 2 more students to run !

Learning Traditional Songs in Irish and English 1 with Dáithí Sproule. Thursdays from 8-9pm, first class September 14th.  $93.
Needs 1 more student to run !

Learning Irish Tunes By Ear with Sean Egan. Thursdays from 8-9pm, first class September 14th.  $233. 
Needs 2 more students to run !

We're excited to get to know YOU!

The Center for Irish Music is a thriving music school, providing valued instruction in traditional Irish music to students in the Twin Cities.  The CIM is also a welcoming, vibrant community of professional artists, dedicated staff, highly motivated students, and devoted volunteers.

We invite you to get to know our community by:
  • Introducing yourself to our staff, fellow students, and parents while waiting for classes. We want to meet you!
  • Chatting with your instructor (or your child's instructor) for a few minutes before and/or after class.
  • Viewing our Annual Report to find out what we do and why we're so committed to CIM.
  • Becoming involved as a CIM volunteer
  • Perusing our website and learning all about our staff, board, and instructors.
  • Supporting CIM at our many events each year. 
  • Joining in the learner session at Keegan's Pub, Sundays from 4-6pm. 
  • Making a donation to our Annual Fund. Any amount of support helps us to continue offering high quality instruction in Irish music.

CIM Students Make a Splash in Ennis

The All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis, Co. Clare was an incredible cultural experience for all students, families and instructors who attended. 

CIM director, Norah Rendell led group rehearsals throughout the week, corralled the troupes and attended competitions. Cormac O'Shea naturally took a lead role as "fleadh Dad", carrying drums and doing "cultural liason" work along with Eamonn & Alisa Mee (who found the kit and reh earsal space).  Frank Pasquerella was a massive support, creating the solo competition schedule, carrying drums and setting up chairs for group competitions. Nick Coleman & Jeff Larsen were on documentation while Laura drove the fundraising and communications. Jode Dowling was there supporting students over the weekend and ALL of the parents were amazingly supportive of all of the students throughout the week - and great company too!

Thanks to the parents for taking the plunge and making the trip happen, to the instructors who prepared the students (in particular, kudos to Mary Vanorny, Brian Miller  and Norah Rendell who arranged music for the groups), and to the community for your support - both moral and financial. We could not have done this without you!

Ennis Fleadh
Ennis Fleadh

Irish Fair of Minnesota Thank You and Photos!

Thanks to all of you who made this year's Irish Fair of Minnesota such an enjoyable one!  We would especially like to thank the Irish Fair organizers, our CIM staff and instructors, all of our student musicians and ensembles, and our valued volunteers. What a fantastic weekend it was! 


EigseHelpWe Need You!
Lend a hand by volunteering for Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event

We depend on the expertise and talents of our community to enrich all of the events that we plan each year. We are in great need of both lead and support volunteers for Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event.

Eigse, our fun night of dinner, an instructors' concert, and silent auction, takes months of planning to execute and run smoothly. If 
you have time and talents to share, please consider joining the Eigse planning team. This year's Éigse event is planned for February 24, 2018. 
  • Do you have time in your schedule to help CIM?
  • Are you organized, meticulous, and great with computers?
  • Are you crafty, have a good eye for decor, or an artist?
  • Do you have experience in the food industry and would be willing to lend a hand with menu and food prep?
Volunteer opportunities include meal and dining room coordination, decor, silent auction, and more! If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact Aja McCullough Beers, Communications & Events Coordinator at CIM. 


Friday, September 1st - Monday, September 4th
Enjoy a full weekend of Irish music at the MN State Fair! 
  • Brass Lassie (with CIM instructors Mary Vanorny and Danielle Enblom) will perform at the International Bazaar stage September 1st and 2nd at 10:45 am, 12:00 pm and 1:15 pm. 
  • Piper Pat McCormick will perform at O'Gara's at the Fair September 1st-4th at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. 
  • Tom Dahill & Ginny Johnson will perform at O'Gara's at the Fair September 1st and 4th at 1:00 pm, and September 2nd and 3rd at both 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
Tuesday, September 5th
Fall term at CIM begins! If you haven't already, visit our   website to register for classes!

Thursday, September 14th
The Underground Music Cafe's Celtic Music Showcase presents Laura MacKenzie and friends. 7:00-9:00 pm. 

Friday, September 15th
Three-piece trad band  Briste has was formed in 2015, though its members (Alison Crossey, Emma Robinson and Joanna Boyle) have been playing traditional music together from a very young age. The trio are known widely throughout Ireland and have earned many Ulster and All Ireland titles between them. See them live with special guest Darren Crossey of the Irish Brigade.  Celtic Junction Arts Center, 7:30 pm.  Tickets $12 Advance, $15 at the door. 

Sunday, September 17th
Fancy some tunes with your coffee? Join CIM Adult Ensemble An Luan at Claddagh Coffee Cafe from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. 

Friday, September 22nd
Duo Alison Perkins & Nicholas Brown have been playing Irish traditional music on uilleann pipes, flute and fiddle together for close to a decade, researching forgotten settings of obscure tunes and bringing them to listeners with a style that is at once unapologetically old fashioned, fresh, vibrant and spirited. See them live at the Celtic Junction Arts Center, 8:00 pm. Tickets $12 Advance, $15 at the door. 

*** This is not meant to be an exhaustive listing of all of the possible events within the Irish community in the Twin Cities.  For more listings, please visit the IMDA's Event Calendar, which is a great resource for local events.***

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