dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music
This page is where you will find important announcements for current students. Please get in the habit of checking this area regularly. See the CIM calendar for an up-to-date listing of events & classes.
Summer classes are up. Please sign up for your private lesson and classes by June 4th. Many instructors have limited schedules through the summer, so we recommend reserving your private lesson spot with Erika as soon as possible.
Currently registered CIM students, donors ($25 and up) and GNIPC members receive a 5% discount if you register by June 1st. Concert tickets are only $20 before June 1st. See the MIM 2013 tab above for detailed information on the beginner children, int-advanced youth, adult workshops and concert tickets.
Friday, May 31st at the Celtic Junction 836 Prior Ave N
7:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
Tickets available at the door, no advance tickets
Come enjoy an inspiring night of traditional Irish music from our Advanced and Intermediate Youth Ensembles. Many of these talented young musicians will have just returned from competing at the Midwest Regional Fleadh in Saint Louis and they are looking forward to sharing their new music with you!
All proceeds from the concert go to the Youth Travel Fund, which helps to offset costs that go along with traveling to competitions and out-of-town performances. All donations are most welcome and tax-deductible.
The concert venue is generously sponsored by The Celtic Junction.
The Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (fla) is a the main regional traditional Irish music competition put on annually by an international Irish music organization called Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This year, it will be held May 17-19 in St. Louis, Missouri. Our Advanced Student Ensemble has committed to going and would like to invite all CIM students to join us in traveling to St. Louis to compete in either the solo, duet, trio or a ceili band categories. Competition itself is not the main focus of our participation in the fleadh! The comaraderie and process of reaching individual and collective musical goals is what CIM is aiming for in encouraging its students to be involved this year.
St. Louis Midwest Region Fleadh Travel, Accommodation & Cost
St. Louis Attractions
Midwest Region Fleadh website (complete information is posted)
Come hear our spring session residency student musicians perform with Paddy at MIM on Saturday June 15th from 4:45-5:30pm, right before the community meal & session and Master Artists Concert at 7:30pm.
The summer session of Paddy's residency that will begin on June 30th through August 25th, again on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 2:30-4:00pm. Register now for this opportunity here under the "Adult Instrumental classes" section. The residency is open to students of all ages and recommended for melody players. Paddy does not go through chords, so accompaniment instruments should expect to do a lot of listening and some work outside of class!
Local accordionist and tune collector Paddy O’Brien (originally from Co. Offaly) recently received a Folk and Traditional Arts grant from the MN State Arts Board to record another 500 melodies for The Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection. As part of the project, Paddy will be acting Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Irish Music offering free workshops on Sunday afternoons to interested CIM students and teachers.
Paddy will begin by working on new repertoire, teaching participants some of the rare and unusual settings of tunes that he’s collected over the past 60 years. The residency group will also work on interpretation and ensemble playing, in which Paddy also brings decades of experience, from playing with seminal groups in Ireland like the Castle Ceili Band and Ceoltoiri Laighean.
The culmination of the residency project, in the fall of 2013, will include a public concert with CIM participants at Celtic Junction, which will be recorded on audio and video, possibly for broadcast. As part of the documentation for the project, Paddy also plans to conduct interviews with individual participants about their learning experiences, not only for the project’s final report, but perhaps also for some journalistic pieces that might appear in print, on his own or other websites.
The Summer session is every 2nd & 4th Sunday from 2:30-4:00pm (June 30, July 14, 28, Aug 11, 25). New students will need to learn some tunes from the spring session (10-15 or so). Sound clips and sheet music are available.