Dear CIM students and friends,

Register now for Fall term, starting next week! We are offering lessons and classes online and in-person. See our Fall course catalog for more details.

It was wonderful to meet so many of you at our annual Open House last Sunday afternoon. This year, we enjoyed partnering with the Celtic Junction Arts Center, O'Shea Irish Dance, and other organizations to expand this annual event. Thanks to our volunteers for setting up, cleaning up, and giving unofficial tours of the building to prospective students and friends. Thanks also to the musicians for hosting a lovely outdoor session.

Congratulations to the Irish Fair of Minnesota for hosting such a successful festival on Harriet Island, August 13th-15th. We enjoyed cheering on our youth ensembles on the "Wee" and Main stages (see image above) and taking in all of the music and cultural activities. Thanks to everyone who visited the Center for Irish Music at our booth, who completed Irish Fair Bingo, and especially to our volunteers who represented CIM throughout the weekend.

I look forward to seeing you this Fall, in person or virtually! Stay safe and healthy, and get out there and spend time with your friends while the weather is still gorgeous.

Norah Rendell
Executive Artistic Director
Center for Irish Music

*CIM students: The "students" webpage is updated on a weekly basis. We request that current students bookmark this page and check in regularly to find out about upcoming dates, deadlines, events and student-related announcements. Thank you!
FALL TERM CLASSES & LESSONS
Register now for Fall Term classes and lessons at the Center for Irish Music!

Visit the Center for Irish Music registration site to view our upcoming classes, and email Lily Gaetgaeow with questions or to enroll in private lessons on any of the 16 instruments we teach.

Fall Term starts September 7th, and runs through January 30th. Click here for our 2021-2022 calendar, featuring all the important dates and events for the upcoming year.
CHANGES IN CIM'S ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
FAREWELL TO ERIKA!

Erika Nelson, the CIM's Bookkeeper and Office Manager of nearly 10 years, is leaving the Center for Irish Music's staff to be with her growing family and to develop her performing career.

Erika was hired as CIM's first official employee in 2011. As the CIM transitioned to being a staff-led nonprofit, Erika became the backbone of its administrative operations, taking over the role of bookkeeper in 2016 and working hard to professionalize the CIM's staff and systems. Her achievements include implementing a new registration system, developing employee and contractor handbooks, and transitioning CIM to QuickBooks Online with a new chart of accounts and accrual accounting system. Erika has been efficient, fun, and loyal to the CIM's mission of handing down the tradition.

Erika, we will miss you! Your work at the CIM has had a massive positive impact on the Irish music community. We hope you come back to see us often!
WELCOME CIM'S NEW BOOKKEEPER, MATTIE ERNST!

We are thrilled to announce Mattie Ernst as CIM's new Bookkeeper. Mattie comes to the CIM with experience as an entrepreneur and owner of her sewing pattern business Ernest Threads, and through coursework in accounting from UCLA Extension and Normandale Community College.

Mattie is also an instructor at the Center for Irish Music and a long-standing member of the Irish music and dance community. We are thrilled to welcome Mattie to the CIM's administrative staff team!
SAVE THE DATE FOR PINTS & POLKAS
AN INFORMAL NIGHT OF MUSIC - OCTOBER 8, 2021
Take a night to relax, enjoy a pint, and get to know the CIM community at the Dubliner Pub & Cafe!

The Dubliner hosts a traditional Irish music session every Friday night from 6-9pm - and you are all invited. The band, which starts at 9pm, will feature CIM instructors - details to be announced soon!

We invite adult students (and their partners), parents, and friends will join us for "Pints & Polkas", an evening of great music and sociability. Be sure to bring your instruments for an open session - all tunes are welcome, not just polkas!

The Dubliner, located at 2162 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55114 an outdoor patio and parking is available.
CIM BRINGS HOME TWO SILVER MEDALS FROM IRELAND
Congratulations to Joe De Georgeo and Morien McBurnie for bringing home silver medals from the FleadhFest in Sligo this August!

Joe competed in fiddle, and Morien played guitar in the accompaniment competition (with Joe playing melody on fiddle).

Thanks to CIM instructor, Jode Dowling, who went along to support Joe and Morien!
A WARM ST. PAUL WELCOME TO AMBASSADOR DANIEL MULHALL
Thanks to the Celtic Junction Arts Center for hosting a distinguished reception for the Irish Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall on August 23rd. CIM's youth ensemble performed their Irish Fair sets before the official program began.

It was a great honor for our director, Norah Rendell to share a meal with Mr. Mulhall, during which she had an opportunity to tell him about the Center for Irish Music's work, and the 450 students CIM served in 2020-21.

Celtic Junction Arts Center's Executive Director Natalie Nugent O'Shea has been working hard to develop relationships with the Irish government, and it was exciting to see the Ambassador spending a few days here getting to know the local community.

On a related note, we are thrilled to announce that the Center for Irish Music received funding from the Emigrant Support Program to support the 2022 Minnesota Irish Music Weekend!

Photo above (left to right): CIM's Executive Artistic Director Norah Rendell, Irish Ambassador to Ireland Daniel Mulhal and Consul General of Ireland to Chicago Kevin Byrne. Photo by Natalie Nugent O'Shea.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE CIM!
The Center for Irish Music is a 501c3 nonprofit, and we depend on your support to continue passing down the tradition of Irish music and song. Please consider joining us as a volunteer or making a gift to the CIM today!
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 heritage fund.