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Dedicated to handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians in our community.

In This Issue:
New CIM T-shirts Available!
Support Mairtin de Cogain's New Project
CIM at Irish Fair
CIM Summer Camps!
Board Member Recruitment



Celtic Line


July 28

Show your talent at this month's Celtic Open Mic Night, brought to you by the Great Northern Irish Pipers Club.  7-10pm at The Celtic Junction.


August 5

Family Session at CIM from 2:30-4pm.  All current and former CIM students are invited!


August 8

Join Barra in kicking off St. Catherine University's Chautauqua with an Irish ceili!  7-9pm in the Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine.  $10 adult, $5 child.  More details here.


August 10-12

Join the CIM at the Irish Fair of MN!!!  Students and instructors will be performing all weekend. Be sure to visit our booth in the marketplace for cds and our *NEW* t-shirts!  Harriet Island, St. Paul.   


August 15

Today is the deadline for families to apply for financial aid for classes in 2012-2013.  Please visit our website for details and an application


August 19  

All interested community members are invited to our annual event meeting from 4-6pm at the CIM.  We are specifically looking for anyone who might be interested in coordinating our annual silent auction next February.   



September 9

Come one, come all to our annual CIM Open House!  Meet our instructors, take a tour of our studio spaces, take part in a session, and talk to our staff from 2-4pm.  We look forward to seeing you! 



This is not meant to be an exhaustive listing of all of the possible events within the Irish community in the Twin Cities.  For more listings, please visit the IMDA's Event Calendar, which is a great schedule of local events. 

New t-shirt

Since updating our official Center for Irish Music logo last fall, we've been needing to update our t-shirts as well.  They're ready!  We have mens, women's and children's styles available for sale now!  T-shirts will also be on sale at our information booth at the Irish Fair.


Mairtin de Cogain Many of you were at the live recording of The Máirtín de Cógáin Project's CD at The Celtic Junction. Now Máirtín is raising money to create a unique travelogue of Cork. Click on the link below to be a part of this fantastic project!  
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Click on the photo to add your support! 
Session tunes on website
This is a valuable learning tool for ALL of our students!  We encourage you to visit this site often.  The site has both slow and fast recordings of some of the most commonly taught songs at CIM.  Along with the recordings is the sheet music for the tune.  Thanks to Brian Miller and Shawn McBurnie for working hard to get this information available to our students!  To access this page, click here.

The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

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As of July 20, we have 1,720 Fans!  WOW!  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!

And tell your friends, too!

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CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site.


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

JULY 2012

Summer greetings from  

the Center for Irish Music!  


It is hard to believe that the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend has come and gone and that the Irish Fair is around the corner so soon. In the midst of a busy summer of camps, classes and exciting public performances, I have many important announcements to share with you.  


First of all, I'd like to introduce you to a new fiddle teacher, AJ Srubas! Originally from Green Bay, AJ has recently moved to the Twin Cities after completing a degree in instrument repair in Red Wing. He is a gorgeous Irish fiddle player and a lovely person and we are very happy to have him join our fabulous team of instructors.


Congratulations to Danielle Enblom for being awarded a scholarship to complete a graduate program at IT Tralee to research the culture and history of dancing in West Cork starting in September. Congratulations also to Charlie and Ann Heymann who have recently been awarded a visiting fellowship by The Moore Institute for Research to conduct a project called "Exploring the Role of the Cláirseach in the performance of Early Irish Poetry" at the U of Galway this fall. The CIM wishes you all the best in your research and will look forward to welcoming you home with open arms upon your return.


Thank you to Lisa Forrette for two years of dedicated service to the CIM in her position as Fundraising Director. As Lisa steps down from this important position, we would like to thank her directly for developing and implementing a fundraising program for the CIM that fits our organization perfectly. Thank you, Lisa! For the time being, please contact Erika or Norah if you would like to make a donation or join the fundraising team, or visit to the Support CIM tab on the website.


Thank you to Natalie O'Shea, our longest standing board member who stepped down from the board in July. This month's board meeting marked the sixth anniversary of the CIM becoming a 501c3 non-profit organization and Natalie has been there for it all. Thank you, Natalie for everything you have done to make the CIM the thriving music school that it is today!


Finally, thanks you to our MIM volunteers, in particular Emily Flagstad, our fearless MIM Chair! This year's MIM was a very successful weekend with more new students and out-of-town visitors that a CIM event has ever had! Thanks to those of you who volunteered on the committee and over the weekend.


Norah Rendell
Executive Director

AUGUST 10-12, 2012

Each August the Center for Irish Music is proud to support the Irish Fair of MN with performances, workshops, and an information booth!  Below you will find a listing of our performances.  Please also check out the additional performances and workshops by our instructors when you arrive for the weekend!  And don't forget to swing by our information booth in the marketplace tent to purchase CDs and t-shirts and to pick up a fall course catalog!

5:00-5:30pm Trisceil Tea Room - Thurs. Adult Ensemble
Pub Stage - An Luan Adult Ensemble

5:30-6:00pm Children's Stage - IF Performance Camp

11:00am-12:00pm Main Stage - IF Performance Camp & CIM Instructors
12:30-1:00pm Children's Stage - IF Performance Camp OR Instrument Petting Zoo:  Interactive presentation with songs & instrument demos
5:15-6:00pm Trisceil Tea Room - Thurs. Adult Ensemble

11:30am-12:00pm Children's Stage - IF Performance Camp

We are asking YOU to share your enthusiasm for CIM with others at the Irish Fair this year!  Please consider staffing our information booth for an hour or two during the weekend.  This is a fun way to get to know other CIM community members and staff and to represent the CIM to passers-by.  A schedule of times slots available can be found here.  Please sign up for as many shifts as you are able.  For questions, please e-mail Emily.

Irish Fair booth 2010

CIM Summer Camps for Kids

Thank you for making this summer so successful!  We've had such generous support from our community for all of our summer camps and classes so far...and there's still room left in several camps! 

The following camps have space for more attendees.  Please contact Erika with questions, or go to our website for complete information and to register online:

Irish Fair Performance Camp, August 6-10
(Students who participate in this camp will perform at the MN Irish Fair August 10-12.)
Magical Travels, August 13-17 (
Sail, fly, and march your way around Ireland's wondrous landscape with song, rhyme and dance.)
Recording Studio, August 13-17
(Work with your friends and fellow campers to create arrangements, design cover art, and make your very own Irish CD!)

Summer Camp Pics

Please consider supporting CIM by serving on our board of directors  

While we have been delighted with the diversity of and unique talents brought by our two new board members this year, the departures of Natalie O'Shea and Lisa Forrette has reminded us that we need to build our board by a few more dedicated and experienced individuals.  If you have a background in fundraising, education, non-profits, arts or another area that you feel would enhance our board, we'd love to hear from you!  If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact our executive director, Norah Rendell.  Thank you!
CIM is on View our videos on YouTube!
CIM YouTube channel

We have finally gotten around to creating an official  
CIM channel on YouTube!  We've already uploaded several videos, with many more to come.  You'll find related videos uploaded by friends of CIM under our `Favorites' section.  Let us know what you think.  We're excited to be able to share the talents of our community with you in this format.