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We want to hear from you! CIM Survey
Minnesota Irish Music Weekend - June 13-15, 2014
Register now for the summer term!
Be a part of the Green Line Launch Party!
Upcoming Events

Monday, June 2 - Sunday, June 8
This week is make up week at CIM.  Private lesson students: you will only have a lesson if you have pre-arranged a make up lesson with your instructor. Group classes students: we had one Thursday this winter when we cancelled classes, so if you had a class on Thursdays this term you probably have a make up class this Thursday.

Saturday, June 7
The CIM's Advanced Youth Ensemble will be performing at 9:30am at the St. Anthony Park Arts Festival on Como Avenue.
Sunday, June 8
A perfect evening to enjoy music from our own Todd Menton at The Dubliner Pub from 9pm-12am.
Friday, June 13 - Sunday, June 15
Don't miss all of the workshops, music, and camaraderie at the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend. For complete details, see the article in column at right.  **We are in great need of volunteers over the weekend.  Please consider signing up for a shift or two here.**

Friday, June 13
Saturday, June 14
We are excited to be a part of the Hamline Station Green Line Launch Party from 9am-4pm!  CIM will have an information booth and we would appreciate your help to spread the word about our thriving music school.  If you can give an hour or two of your time that day, please sign up here.

MIM Master Artists Concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend.  Featuring all of our visiting artists, this will be an event to remember!  Get your tickets here.

Monday, June 16
Summer term begins at CIM!  Register now for summer camps, group classes, and private lessons.
Thursday, June 19
Join the Two Tap Trio at 9pm as they perform at Open Field Acoustic Campfire at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.  
Friday, June 20
Barra (with CIM instructor John McCormick) will be performing at an evening outdoor concert at Swede Hollow Cafe in St. Paul.  Check their website for updates.
Saturday, June 21
Dance to the rousing music of the Twin Cities Ceili Band from 7-10pm at the monthly ceili at The Celtic Junction! 

Todd Menton brings his lively tunes and songs to The Dubliner Pub from 9pm-12am.  
Saturday, June 28 
Chulrua [Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Nathan Gourley (fiddle) and Brian Miller (guitar)] will be in concert at the Celtic Junction!  Music starts at 7:30pm. 
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As we look forward to planning the CIM's 10th anniversary term this fall, we are checking in with our students and families about their experience at the school. 

Our goal is to gather feedback from our students, both past and current, about CIM programming and learn more about how CIM communicates with its constituents.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey.  
Your feedback will help us continue to offer high quality traditional Irish music programs and events for many years to come.  

Go raibh míle maith agat.

CIM's birthday party will be on Sunday, August 24th at 4pm at the Celtic Junction
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We are excited to share with you our new promotional video, made in celebration of CIM's tenth anniversary. Thank you to Steve Flynn of GoodLooking Films for helping us bring the story of the Center for Irish Music to a wider audience.  Please take a few minutes to watch the video and share it with your friends and family.  You might even be featured in the video! 
Support CIM Every Time you Shop!

Each time you shop, you can help raise money for CIM!  Simply click on the following link and save it in your bookmarks. That way, every time you shop you'll be brought directly to our Amazon smile site.  Happy shopping and thank you for supporting The Center for Irish Music.  

'Like' CIM on Facebook!
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The CIM has a very active Facebook page.  Please join us there for the most up-to-date announcements, posts related to traditional Irish music, and upcoming events.

CIM has a 
YouTube Channel
Click below to view videos of many public performances by CIM ensembles at the Irish Fair of MN, St. Patrick's Day events, local coffee shops, and summer fairs.

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

Things are heating up at the CIM with the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend only ten days away and our Summer Term starting on Monday, June 16th.  

Here are some quick reminders:
  • Register for summer camps and classes today! Classes with low enrollment will be cancelled next week.
  • MIM workshops are filling up quickly - register here
  • Purchase your MIM concert tickets online here
  • Please fill out our 10-year anniversary survey here
  • Call for volunteers! Sign up here to volunteer at: 1) MIM, 2) Green Line Party, and 3) Irish Fair.
May was an exciting and eventful month for CIM as twenty four students and three instructors travelled to Saint Louis to compete at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil. Our students were very successful, placing in the top three in over 30 competitions in solo, duet and group categories!  Of the many students who qualified, five will travel to Sligo, Ireland from August 11-17th to participate in the Scoil Éigse (week-long workshop) and the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. 

We send a hearty congratulations to all our students!  The instructors and I are so proud of the progress each of you has made with your music this year. 

Speaking of music, we were treated to a fantastic concert of traditional music on Saturday, May 31st featuring the Advanced Youth Ensemble and other young musicians who play in ensembles and/or travelled to the fleadh.  Thanks to your support, we raised over $1000 for the Travel Fund!

I look forward to seeing you this summer whether it be at the Junction, at MIM, at the Irish Fair, at CIM's 10-year anniversary party on August 24 or elsewere.  Have a wonderful summer!
--Norah Rendell,  CIM Executive Director
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The phrase "something for everyone" aptly describes the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend.  The event offers programming in three distinct tracks: children, teen, and adult.  Learners of all ages, musicians, singers, dancers and music appreciators will find something of interest in the wide range of workshops, lectures, sessions and concerts that span the weekend.
**We are great need of your help during the MIM weekend.  If you have a break in your workshop schedule, please consider giving an hour or two of your time.  We appreciate you!  Sign up here

Detailed information is available on the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend 2014 website.  Tickets can be purchased for individual events and in packages, and registration is now open. 
JUNE 13-15, 2014

**Summer term starts on Monday, June 16th.  If enrollment is still low by late next week, we may have to cancel some classes.**

Summer Performance Ensemble - class is running, but we'd like more students!
(Intermediate to Advanced level children & teens) Wednesdays & Thursdays 4:45-6:15 on June 18, 19, July 9, 10, 23, 24, 30, 31, Aug 6, 7.

Budding Bodhrán
(Ages 5-8), Thursdays 5:00-5:45pm - need 1 more

Song Squad for Young Singers
(Ages 6-9), Tuesdays 5:00-5:45pm - need 1 more
Tin Whistle Troupe 1
(Ages 6-9), Wednesdays 6:00-6:45pm - need 2 more
Tin Whistle Troupe Tea Party (for TWT 2 & 3)
(Ages 8-12), Wednesdays 6:00-6:45pm - only 4 spots left

Irish Pub Songs
Adults, Tuesdays 8:00-9:00pm - need 1 more 

Exploring Irish Instruments 
(Ages 4-7) June 23 - 27 - only 1 spot left

Pickin' and Grinnin' - Flatpickin' Irish Style 
(Ages 12-18) July 7-11 need 3 more!

Introduction to the Irish Harp
(Ages 8-12) July 21-25 - need 1 more

Playing Together - An Introduction to Ensemble Playing (Ages 7-12)
August 25-29 - only 4 spots left
With YOUR HELP, we will be a part of the Hamline-Midway Get Together for the Green Line Launch!
We are so excited to be a part of this historic neighborhood celebration!  The Center for Irish Music will have an information booth at the celebration for the official launch party of the Green Line.  The celebration will be held in the Target parking lot south of Unversity Avenue, right near the Hamline Station.  That will be a busy day due to our simultaneous commitments at the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, so we are encouraging any of our community members who are not attending MIM to volunteer.  This is the perfect opportunity to share your enthusiasm for MIM with our fellow Hamline-Midway neighbors!

To sign up to volunteer, please click here.

An Impressive Number of CIM Students Qualified to Compete at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August!
The Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (pronounced 'flah') is the regional traditional Irish music competition put on annually by the international Irish music organization called Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.  This year 24 students from CIM traveled by bus to St. Louis, Missouri to compete in the fleadh. 
Here are a few photos from our weekend in St. Louis.  Thank you for all of your support!
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Students (with instructors Brian & Norah) that competed at this year's Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in St. Louisyear's Midwest Fleadh, May 2013.
CIM students at the fleadh

Students pose for a picture after their performance in the Grupai Cheoil competition
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