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Dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community. 
In This Issue:
Minnesota Feis
New Silver Flute Instructor
New Treasurer & Bookkeeper
CIM Summer Camps
CIM at the Irish Fair of MN
Young Irish Musician's Weekend Thank Yous
Bua on Tour
Norah Rendell and Natalie O'Shea to produce a show for Steppingstone Theatre
Upcoming Events
We look forward to seeing you this Fall at the Center for Irish Music!  Our Fall Course Catalog is coming out soon...check our website for the latest information and news!
Sunday, September 12, 2pm
CIM Open House at the Celtic Junction.  Come take a tour, learn what the CIM is all about, pick up a course catalog, register for classes, meet the instructors, and take part in an informal session.
Monday, September 13-Sunday, Dec. 12
Dates of our 12-week Fall term
Sunday. December 12, 1-4pm
 Join us at our Winter Recital, where youth and adult students share their talents with the CIM community!
Week of December 13 - 19
Week for make up classes, if needed.
Sign up for the Minnesota Feis!

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If you haven't signed up for the music competition at the Minnesota Feis, now is the time! The Feis is being held Sept 25 at the RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul.  This competition will give you experience playing traditional music in front of a judge without traveling out of town.  It's great experience and great practice.  Let's make the musical competition at the MN Feis as important to young musicians as the dancing competition is to young dancers! Come out and support a rich Irish community tradition! Learn more at:
Cory was introduced to the Boehm (orchestral/keyed) flute as a child, and continued its study through university. His love of the instrument enticed him to explore its use in traditional music.  A very capable wooden flute player in the Irish tradition, Cory's tandem study of both styles of flute allow him to explore a wide range of elements and genres. He is excited by and specializes in the adaptation of traditional wooden flute techniques such as tonal concept, ornamentation, and phrasing to the Boehm instrument.
Cory Froehlich, new instructor 
New treasurer & bookkeeper at CIM

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ruth McGlynn for all of her hard work this year as the CIM treasurer. Board member Jeanne Morales has taken on the position of treasurer and will now be working with Teresa McCormick on the accounting and books. Teresa has generously agreed to be our volunteer bookkeeper and is helping to improve our current system of tracking lessons and student accounts. We are continually working to improve our administrative systems and we are very thankful to Jeanne and Teresa for helping.
Several Summer Camps Still Available!
For more information and to register for any of these camps, please download the form at our website and send in or drop off at CIM.
  • IRISH FAIR PERFORMANCE CAMP  Aug. 10-13 from 1:00pm-3:30pm (ages 10-18)
  • NEW ADULT ENSEMBLE CAMP Aug. 10-12 from 7-8:30pm
  • IRISH HOOLEY CAMP Aug. 23-27 from 10am - 12pm (ages 6-10)
The Center for Irish Music is pleased to announce it has received a $1,300 grant from the Minnesota Irish Fair Legacy Fund to purchase instruments. The Center plans to purchase fiddles, a flute, a uilleann pipe starter set, and some tin whistles and offer a low-cost rental option for students. Thank you Irish Fair!
We have a new financial aid form that can be picked up just outside the CIM office beside the mailbox.  The deadline for applying for financial aid for the Fall term is August 15th.  As part of The Center for Irish Music's mission as a non-profit community music school, we make every effort to keep music classes and lessons affordable and easily accessible.  The Center's Financial Aid Program was created specifically for the purpose of assisting individuals and families with demonstrated economic need.
Wee Ones camp
We had lots of fun at the Wee Ones Irish Music Camp. Each day had a theme but our favorite was Irish Fair Day because we got to ride horses and have races. We also learned our favorite song and dance, "There's a Fair Tomorrow in County Clare."  We had a tea party with a tea set and real Irish linens. We were also thrilled to have a visit from Norah who showed us how to pour the milk first like they do in Ireland.
The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

Facebook page

As of August 3, we have 992 Fans!  Become a fan of the Center for Irish Music on Facebook to share ideas, keep up-to-date on current CIM events, and share your love of Irish music with the larger Irish community! 
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CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site!

August 2010

Come Support CIM at the Irish Fair
The Irish Fair of Minnesota is coming up the weekend of August 13-15 on beautiful Harriet Island, across the river from downtown St. Paul.  The Center for Irish Music will have an information booth in the merchant tent, and CIM students and instructors will be performing throughout the weekend!
CIM will have an information booth at the Fair and we need volunteers to staff it and help spread the word about our wonderful school. Our booth is in a great location complete with breeze, shade, and lots of friendly inquisitive people passing by. Contact Chad to sign up for a time! 
Irish Fair Performance Camp students and CIM student & adult ensembles will be performing at the Fair.  Here is a list of their performances:
5-6pm - Gateway Stage Performance camp kids & the student ensemble

11-11:30am - Children's Stage Adult Ensemble
12:00-12:30pm - Children's Stage Demo by Chad McAnally - Whistles, Fiddles and Bodhrans for Kids to try
10:00-10:30am - Main Stage CIM Student ensemble & teachers
10:30-11:30am - Gateway Stage- Adult & student ensembles
12:00-12:30pm  - Children's Stage - Demo by Shawn McBurnie - Learn and Irish Kids Songs with the CIM
4:30-5:00pm - Children's Stage - Performance camp kids
5:00-5:30pm - Children's Stage - Demo by Chad McAnally - Whistles, Fiddles and Bodhrans for Kids to try
5:30-6:00pm -Tea Room - - adult ensemble
*The Irish Fair has approached the CIM about busking at the entrance to the festival on Harriet Island.  If any of you are interested in getting together a group to busk for an hour or two, email Norah directly at with what times you would be available to busk.  She will be coordinating the schedule.  This will be very informal, but really fun!  We know some of you have bands, family or otherwise, and this could be a great way to get some exposure and have fun at the festival while helping to get the word out about the Center for Irish Music.  You might even make enough to buy yourself some lemonade...
Thank you for a wonderful Young Irish Musicians Weekend!

YIM Concert 2010

The directors of the Center for Irish Music would like to thank everyone who worked to make this year's Young Irish Musicians Weekend such a success - the biggest YIM we've had so far!  It was an honour to have the opportunity to introduce Martin Hayes, Randal Bays, Kevin Crawford and Dáithí Sproule to our impressive local Irish music community.
In particular we'd like to thank our many volunteers who made YIM possible with their gift of time, talents and energy: Cindy Schaufenbuel, Jeanne Morales, Carillon Rosemeadows, Mattie Ernst, Mimi Hasslebach and her family, The Ochs family, Shawn McBurnie, Emily Flagstad, Lisa Richardson, Andy Tatham, Linda Slattery, Melinda Beckey, Natalie O'Shea, Cory Froehlich, Mike and Jan Casey, the McKenna Family, Suin Lowry, Nathan Gourley, Teresa McCormick, Trisa Lucas-Gardner, Tom Lockney, Mario and Joanne Vano, Trude Keating, and Paul McCluskey.
We also thank our CIM Board for their support, the IMDA for helping spread the word, The Twin Cities Ceili band for a great performance, Mike Whelan for calling dances, and of course those at the Celtic Junction who made this event possible in that wonderful space!
With much appreciation,
Chad, Norah, and Cormac
Reflections from Brian Miller:
 Bua on Tour
Bua, summer 2010
Hello from the Skye Theater here in west-central Maine.  I have been on the road for the past two weeks with Bua.  We kicked off our summer tour at the National Folk Festival in Butte, Montana on July 9-11.  Run by the National Council for Traditional Arts, the festival moves to a new location every three years and this was its third and final year in Butte.  Bua had a fantastic reception there due, in part, to the high concentration of Irish Americans in Butte (a large number of Irish immigrants moved there to work in the mines).  We were the lone representatives of Irish traditional music at a festival that featured high caliber traditional music from all over the world.  There was a tango band (and dancers) from Argentina, a hardangar fiddle player from Hardangar, Norway, a master of Moroccan Gnawa music and many more.
From there we were off to a deep immersion in Irish traditional music at the Catskills Irish Arts week in upstate New York.  Master musicians from all over the US, Canada and Ireland gather at this week of classes, concerts and all-night sessions.  Bua's bodhrán player Jackie Moran and singer Brian Hart were teaching all week and the band performed on Thursday and Saturday.  CIM teachers Nathan Gourley, Norah Rendell and Danielle Enblom came out "for the craic" too, so our community was well represented!
Bua left the Catskills feeling very groggy but happy, on Sunday morning for a concert in Poughkeepsie, NY and then we were off to Maine for three nights of concerts organized by New England Celtic Arts.  Having grown up in Bemidji, rural Maine feels very much like home to me.  Last time we were here we saw a half dozen moose on the way home from one of the venues.  No moose yet this time but great venues and great small town people who get a heaping helping of Celtic music here thanks to Phil McIntyre and his concert series.  Before Wednesday's show we had a short session with some of the local musicians, including three young fiddlers who made me think of all the talented young people involved in the CIM.
On Friday we head to Massachusetts for the Lowell Folk Festival - the largest free folk festival in the US.  Lowell hosted the first National Folk 
Festival and the community liked the event so much that they continued with their own festival after the National moved on.  I can't wait to hear some of the other music. 
 Get Up Your Irish:
A Celebration in Music & Dance
created by Norah Rendell & Natalie O'Shea
March 11-20, 2011 
Echoes of issues that immigrants face today are found in this story of the immigrant experience from 100 years ago.  The music & dance of Ireland tell the story of Irish immigration to Minnesota.  Featuring young musicians from the Center for Irish Music, dancers from O'Shea Irish Dance, and members of the Two Tap Trio.
Get Up Your Irish is the story of a young boy's journey from Ireland to a new home in Saint Paul.  Painted with the stereotype of the combative Irishman, this young hero finds the courage to face conflicts with his fists down, and to unite his community.  Packed with toe-tapping dance numbers accompanied by fiddle, flute and guitar, this show will have your class singing for days!
This is Stepping Stone's best selling show so far, so book your tickets now.

Get up your Irish

For more information and to buy tickets, visit Steppingstone Theatre'swebsite.
Upcoming Events
Friday, August 6
At 4pm, Rumgumption will be at The 21st Annual Braham Pie Day Festival in Braham, MN for the annual celebration of all things pie!  Visit for more information.
Sunday, August 8
Join CIM instructors and fellow students for our monthly CIM Family Session from 2-3:30pm in the CIM common space.  Share a few tunes, learn some new ones, and relax with tea and biscuits!
Friday, August 13
Chad McAnally will be performing at Irish Fest in LaCrosse, WI at 12:30pm and 2:30pm. He will be on the harp stage located in the South side fest grounds. 
Friday-Sunday, August 13-15
Celebrate with the CIM at the Irish Fair of MN!  (See details above)  Come hear students and instructors perform and stop by our booth for information about upcoming classes and workshops.
Saturday, August 21
Third Saturday ceili at The Celtic Junction, 7 - 10pm.  Dance music is courtesy of the Twin Cities Ceili Band, featuring CIM instructors Tom Lockney and Cory Froelich. Mike Whalen will teach and call the dances. $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.  For more info., see 
Sunday, August 22
Do the Dean II is an all day event to benefit our wonderful friend and fantastic musician, Dean Magraw. It will be a party of prayers, love and giving with the goal of raising funds to help with his medical and living expenses while he continues to fight for his health after undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
Sunday, September 12
At 2pm, join us at CIM for our Fall Open House!  Take a tour, pick up a catalog, register for classes, and take part in a session.
Monday, September 13
The first day of classes for the CIM Fall term
Saturday, September 25
The Minnesota Feis will be held at the RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul.  We are encouraging all musicians to register in the music competition!  See article, above left.
As always, we welcome your feedback and comments.  Please feel free to contact us at any time at:
The Center for Irish Music
@The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104