Dear CIM Supporters,

Fall term at the Center for Irish Music starts in just five days! We look forward to seeing you for another exciting year of tunes, songs and camaraderie. If weekly lessons don't fit into your schedule, be sure to join us for The Harvest Home Traditional Music Day on Saturday September 22nd.

The Center for Irish Music is proud to be bringing Grammy-nominated fiddler Liz Carroll, NEA-Heritage Fellow Billy McComiskey and legendary DADGAD guitarist, Dáithí Sproule to Saint Paul for The Harvest Home Traditional Music Day - a day of music workshops, an interview of Liz Carroll and Master Artist Concert. To save money, register and/or purchase concert tickets by August 31st .

Welcome home to the students & families who attended the All-Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda! Congratulations to all of the students who performed and a particular kudos to Victoria Pierce who came in 3rd in the accompaniment competition on guitar.

Finally, thanks to each and every volunteer who supported us at the Irish Fair booth and our Open House last Sunday afternoon. We appreciate your time and generosity immensely.

This September newsletter is full of news, photos and more. Enjoy the tail-end of summer as you settle into the routine of fall.

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!
Register now for fall term classes and lessons!
Fall term at the Center for Irish Music runs September 4th - January 20th. Email Hannah Carr-Murphy to sign up for private lessons with our talented instructors, and register online for group classes today!
Ages 0-4
Instructor: Alisa Mee
Fridays, 9:30 - 10:15 am
Sept. 28 - Nov. 16th | 8 classes | $100.00
Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:15 am
Sept. 29 - Oct. 20 | 4 classes | $50.00

Ages 6-9
Instructor: Iain Dove Lempke
Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:15 pm
Sept. 6 - Jan. 17 | 17 classes | $213

*Needs 2 more students to run!*
Ages 9-14
Instructor: Dáithí Sproule
Mondays, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
September 17 - Jan. 7
10 classes | $176.00

Ages 11-17
Instructor: Todd Menton
Saturdays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oct. 20 - Dec. 8 | 7 classes | $112.00
Instructor: Sean Egan
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Sept. 10 - Dec. 17 | 14 classes | $224.00

Instructor: Dáithí Sproule
Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Sept. 20 - Jan. 17 | 12 classes | $192.00

*Needs 1 more student to run!*
Instructor: Dáithí Sproule
Mondays, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Sept. 17 - Dec. 17 | 9 classes | $144.00

Instructor: Dáithí Sproule
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Sept. 20 - Jan. 17 | 12 classes | $192.00

*Needs 2 more students to run!*
Instructor: Todd Menton
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Sept. 4 - Jan. 15 | 16 classes | $256.00

Ensembles are fun, challenging, and a great way of meeting like-minded musicians with the support and direction of one of our qualified instructors. If you're interested in joining one of our adult or youth ensembles, email Executive Artistic Director Norah Rendell at nrendell@centerforirishmusic.or.

Looking for young ensemble musicians: We are looking for a few more tune players & one accompanist to join Hannah Flowers' Redwing Ensemble on Thursdays from 5:00-6:00pm. If you know around 10 Irish tunes, and are ready to play with a group, register for this fantastic opportunity to work with Hannah.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

Join the members of Trian - Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey and Dáithí Sproule - for a day of Traditional Irish music.

Workshops in fiddle, accordion, guitar, song, and tunes for all instruments*. All ages are welcome!
$35/workshop when you register by August 31st • $40 after August 31st

*All tune-playing instruments are welcome to learn tunes from Billy McComiskey at the 2:30pm workshop on Saturday. Don't miss this opportunity to meet Billy!

INTERVIEW | 2:30 pm
Interview with Liz Carroll by Dáithí Sproule
$15 when you register by August 31st • $18 after August 31st

CONCERT | 7:30 pm
Don't miss this opportunity to hear Trian in concert featuring compositions by Grammy-nominated fiddler, Liz Carroll, songs by Dáithí Sproule of award-winning band, Altan, and the virtuosic playing of Billy McComiskey. 
$20 before August 31st • $25 after August 31st • $10 youth (18 & under)

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.
Back from the All Ireland Fleadh
Visit the CIM blog for more photos and upcoming stories from the All Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda. Thank you to everyone who helped our students bring the tradition home!
Would you like to help out?
Lend a hand by volunteering for our Éigse or Fundraising Committees
Volunteering at the Center for Irish Music is fun and gratifying. We love working with volunteers who are passionate about the Irish music community! Right now, we're looking for volunteers for the following committees:

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event Planning Committee
Éigse, our annual fundraiser featuring dinner, a concert, and silent auction, takes a dedicated group of volunteers to run smoothly. This year's event is scheduled for February 23, 2019. We are looking for planning committee members who are available during the weekdays (between 9am - 3pm) and occasional weekends. The planning committee meets once-a-month between September - March, with a few extra meetings in January & February. At this time, we're in particular need of help with:
  • Silent Auction organizing and cataloging
  • Decor cataloging and implementation
  • Volunteer outreach & coordination
  • Mailing and marketing distribution

Fundraising Committee
We're excited to launch a new committee to support CIM's fundraising efforts. If you have experience with grant writing, community outreach, communications, or just enjoy sharing your enthusiasm for the CIM, this is the committee for you!

If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact Aja McCullough Beers , Events & Communications Coordinator. 
Support the Celtic Junction's Mural on the Midway
We are excited about this project spearheaded by the Celtic Junction Arts Center . In collaboration with artists Marty Ochs and Carrie Finnegan, Executive Director Natalie O'Shea has co-created an eye-catching 4-panel mural, a public work that will bring more visibility to all of our organizations. Here's to bringing an artistic flair to the Hamline-Midway area! If you haven't had a chance already, we are encouraging CIM students & supporters to chip in what you can to help complete the mural . Any donation makes a difference.
Save the Date for Give to the Max Day
Join the Center for Irish Music on November 15th for the 10th annual Give to the Max Day , featuring new prizes like the chance to win a $500 golden ticket for CIM every 10 minutes!

Watch our website for updates on how we'll be celebrating this day of giving!
Upcoming Concerts & Events
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 | 7:30 PM
Brass Lassie CD Launch & Concert
(Mary Vanorny, Danielle Enblom)

O'Carolan ~ Rí na nDall | King of the Blind CD Launch & Concert (Chad McAnally, with Cory Froehlich, Mary Vanorny)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM
The Frothy Band (Tom Klein, Mary Vanorny)
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Tom Klein w/special guest Anders Larsson

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Adult student social & session
Additional details TBA

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
The Harvest Home, featuring Trian (Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey, Dáithí Sproule)

FRIDAY, OCT. 12 | 7:30 PM
Hannah Flowers CD Launch & Concert
This is not an exhaustive listing of all events within the Twin Cities Irish community. For more listings, please visit the  IMDA Event Calendar , and the  Celtic Junction Arts Center  concerts.   
Support 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.