Midwest Fleadh 2022
St. Louis, Missouri - May 13-15
Important: If you are a CIM student who plans on attending the Midwest Fleadh in St. Louis, please fill out this form by Wednesday, March 9th.
The Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (pronounced 'flah') is the main regional traditional Irish music competition, hosted annually by a Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann branch that is based in the Midwest. In 2022, the fleadh will be hosted by St. Louis Irish Arts at the Ballpark Hilton hotel in St. Louis, Missouri on May 13-15th.
We would like to extend a warm invitation to all CIM students to attend the fleadh and compete in solo, duet or trios! The youngest competitors will compete in the U12, on up through adults in the 'senior'/O18 competitions.
CIM's Ensemble Program will send students to compete in the U18 Grúpa Ceoil, the U18 Céilí Band, and the U15 Céilí Band competitions this year. These groups are mostly made up of students in our Advanced Youth Ensemble, with support from some of our younger ensemble musicians.
In addition to a great opportunity to improve your skills & music through competition (including receiving comments from experienced judges/instructors in the field), the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil is an amazing opportunity to connect to a larger community of Irish musicians. You will also experience of enjoyment and satisfaction of focusing on becoming a better musician. The Fleadh atmosphere is a great gathering of musicians - it's a fun and supportive environment. The goal is to have fun through meeting and hearing other talented young traditional musicians in the Midwest.
We hope you will join us this year!
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
1 South Broadway
St. Louis, Missouri 63102, USA
For Reservations, please call 1-800-581-7151 and reference "Irish Arts Fleadha DJ". The rate is $117 / night. The last date to reserve at this price is April 11, 2022
The Center for Irish Music is not organizing a bus for the 2022 Midwest Fleadh.
What to Wear
Group Competitions - refer to CIM Ceili Care Wear document. We will update this for 2022 groups soon.
Solo, duets & trios - A nice outfit that you are comfortable in, (like your CIM shirt). You will notice that the competitions are quite casual, and some competitors wear very casual clothes.
CIM LOGOWEAR for students, families and friends - Show your enthusiasm for the Center for Irish Music! Logowear must be ordered before April 16. See the students page for details.
The Competitions - Information
CIM supports students preparing for solo, duet and trio competitions at the fleadh. Private weekly lessons are necessary if you would like to compete. It takes instructors' time and expertise to come up with repertoire, variations etc. Please respect instructors' time if you need extra time from them (you might want to book a few extra lessons, for example) and don't hesitate to contact email@example.com to help with booking these. Here is a link to an information sheet, prepared by CIM instructor Brian Miller, that explains the competition categories and options for each instrument.
Choose your tunes and songs early, making sure they are memorized with variations at least a month ahead of time. Practice rigorously so that you can relax and enjoy yourself at the competition! Attend CIM's Practice Fleadh to get your competition jitters out!
All competitions are open to public. Family members are encouraged to listen to competitions on Friday and Saturday, whether you know someone who is competing or not.
All families, instructors and students should plan to attend the Saturday night group competitions (Ceili Band and Grúpa Ceoil). It’s like a concert with a great lively atmosphere – the best part of the weekend. Don't miss it, and wear your CIM t-shirts (available from the office for $15).
Practice Fleadh - Saturday, April 23, 2-5pm
Mark your calendar for this free opportunity to try your tunes out for CIM instructors (20-minute slots). Sign up is open now!
Duos and Trios Night - Friday, April 29, 7-8:30pm
All Duo and Trio groups entering fleadh competitions are encouraged to sign up for a slot at CIM's Open Mic Night: Duos & Trios only! This will be a fun way to share your hard work with a supportive audience, and get a chance to hear your peers before the fleadh. Sign up online now!
- Go to the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil page on the SLIA site. As of 2/11, registration isn't open yet.
- $25 per competition for non-CCÉ members (CIM students are not CCÉ members as CIM is not a Comhaltas branch)
- You MUST register ONLINE for ALL solo/duet/trio competitions. For duet/trio competitions, each competitor must register and pay the registration.
- CIM will register and cover the cost of the groups (Grupa Cheoil and Ceili Bands).
- Fleadh registration deadlines and categories are rigid, so please make sure you register for the correct competitions. Contact your instructor or Executive Artistic Director Norah Rendell with questions.
Qualifying for Ireland
Musicians who place first or second in the Midwest competitions qualify to compete in Ireland at the All-Ireland Fleadh. The All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil / Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will be in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath from July 31 - August 7, 2022. More information is on the fleadhcheoil.ie website.
For several years, many CIM students have decided to make the trip to Ireland with their families, and in 2017-2019, groups from the CIM competed in Ireland. Depending on the year, CIM has sent an instructor to the All-Ireland to support competitors, but not to chaperone. All of these families are available to share information about any aspect of the trip to Ireland with you! Contact Norah Rendell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.