In This Issue:
Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 9th
Please join us for National Train Day at the Minnesota Transportation Museum.  Two CIM ensembles will be performing from 1:45-2:45pm.

Thursday, May 14th
Head over to the Underground Music Cafe for the monthly Celtic Music Showcase from 7 - 9pm. 

Friday, May 15th
Today is the deadline to apply for financial aid for MIM and/or CIM's summer session.  Complete details and an application can be found here

Saturday, May 30th
Enjoy lively tunes from Two Tap Trio as they accompany the Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers at the Flint Hills Children's Festival in downtown St. Paul at 11am.

Head out to Eden Prairie to catch Brian Miller & Randy Gosa perform songs from the Northwoods at the Eden Prairie Public Library at 2pm.  

Sunday, May 31st
CIM Spring Recitals 1-6pm.  Please invite your family and friends!  And please bring a potluck item to share.  See complete details in the column, at right.  

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 resource for local events.
Irish Instruments 
Coloring Book Available!
Artist Marty Ochs and CIM Executive Director Norah Rendell have created this artful coloring book for you! Bring these images to life with your own imagination and artistry, and learn more about 16 of the most commonly-played instruments in traditional Irish music. Great care has been taken to make the details of the illustrations realistic: numbers of keys, buttons, strings, tuning pegs, finger holes and more.

Thank you for supporting the Center for Irish Music with the purchase of this coloring book!

Coloring books are available for purchase in the CIM office or at Irish on Grand for $10.00.
Crater on Mercury Named in Honor of 
Irish Harper 
Turlough O'Carolan 
Carolan Crater, PR image via
The International Astronomical Union (the official naming body for astronomical objects) wanted to name five craters on Mercury in honor of the end of NASA's successful MESSENGER mission to the planet. They solicited nominations and received about 3600 entries. Eligible honorees had to be dead at least 50 years and famous in the area of arts, literature, mythology, etc. (not science or politics). Also, no solar system moon, crater, or other feature could already bear their name. CIM student Deane Morrison, who studies flute with Cory Froelich, was one of three who independently submitted the name of legendary harper and composer Turlough O'Carolan. In late April, a partially sunlit crater near Mercury's north pole was formally dubbed Carolan Crater. 
Given the strict eligibility criteria, O'Carolan seems like a shoo-in for the honor of first Irish musical figure to lend his name to a solar system feature. So it's probably safe to say that now, Irish music has found a place among the stars. 

You can read a news release and see a picture of Carolan Crater here.


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 May 2015
Dear Center for Irish Music Supporters,

It's less than six weeks until the Mulcahy family, Joanie Madden, Bridget Fitzgerald, Sean Clohessy and Randy Gosa arrive in Saint Paul for the 8th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, taking place June 12-14!  Register now and help us to spread the word by telling all of your friends to come to the Master Concert, Great Session Experience and programs!

Best of luck to CIM students & instructors traveling to the Midwest Regional Fleadh in Cincinnati next weekend, May 15-17!  11 CIM students and their families, 3 instructors (Rosa, Brian & myself), local musicians Michal Sinak and Ryan Bhenke, and little Henry are piling on a bus and taking a musical trip!  We wish the competitors all the best.

Spring Recital & potluck celebrations are on on Sunday, May 31st (1pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm).  Students, please coordinate your performances through your instructor(s) and invite all of your friends and family to attend!

Please welcome Administrative Assisant, Chelsea Hall.  
We are thrilled to welcome Chelsea to our administrative team just before Erika takes a temporary maternity leave from mid-June to mid-September.  Chelsea is a recent graduate of Luther College's Communication Studies program.  Upon graduation she took a job working on a U.S. Senate campaign in rural Iowa before relocating to the Twin Cities. Chelsea is a life-long music student and loves to play piano and bassoon.

We are delighted to welcome Greg Padden to the CIM's board of directors.  Greg plays guitar, sings, and is a member of Knotted Clover with 
his two children, Ella and Connor (both students at the Center for Irish Music). Greg manages wholesale electricity sales and contracts for Great River Energy, holds a MBA degree, and is 
a former Naval officer.

Finally, we hope you will join us for National Train Day this Saturday afternoon at the Minnesota Transportation Museum.  Both our Young Adult Ensemble and Swallowtail Ensemble will be performing from 1:45pm-2:45pm.

--Norah Rendell
, CIM Executive Director
June 12-14, 2015
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Beginner Program
with Danielle Enblom
Irish Trad Immersion Camp - NEW
(Friday only, with CIM instructors)

Teen Program
with visiting Irish artists!

Adult Workshops
a-la-carte with visting artists 

To register, check out our programs and pricing page

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE - Apply before May 15th

Tickets for the master concert are for sale online!
Saturday, June 13 at 7:30pm

Visit the 2015 event site at and stay up to date.  

We are looking for volunteers for the MIM weekend.  To volunteer, please contact Becky Bollinger at

CIM Students to Travel to 
the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil

The Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (pronounced 'flah kee-ohl') is the regional traditional Irish music competition put on annually by the international Irish music organization called Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.  This year the fleadh will be hosted by the Riley School of Irish Music in Cincinnati, Ohio the weekend of May 15-17th.  Our Advanced Youth Ensemble and many other students will be traveling to Cincinnati to compete in solo, duet, trio, grupai cheoil, or ceili band categories. Competition itself is not the only focus of our participation in the fleadh! The camaraderie and process of reaching individual and collective musical goals is what CIM is aiming for as well.

THANK YOU to our donors who have supported this trip through donations to the Travel Fund.  We would not be able to make this life-changing, music-affirming trip a priority for our students without your generous support.  
Ceili band spring 2014
CIM's ceili band musicians before the fleadh in 2014

You are invited to
our CIM Spring Recitals!

Nadia spring 2014Please join us at our Spring Recitals for an afternoon of joyous tunes and songs from our student musicians!  Recitals are our staff's favorite events since we get to see and hear all of the hard work that our students have put in throughout the year.  Please invite your family and friends to this not-to-be missed event.  

There will be a potluck after each recital, so please bring an item to share!  CIM will provide coffee and tea.  

Date:  Sunday, May 31st

Time: 1:00pm Youth Recital 1 (for our youngest students)
          2:30pm Youth Recital 2 (for ensembles & older youth)
          4:30pm Adult Recital 

Location:  Studio 1 (the largest dance studio) in the Celtic

 Summer Camp Registration is Open! 

Each summer, the CIM plans a selection of fun, creative, physically active, and educational music camps that cater to new and experienced students alike. With a central location at the Celtic Junction, near to the beautiful Newell Park, many CIM camps include a daily jaunt outside to relax in the fresh summer air.


For ages 8-12.  Taught by Mattie Ernst.  Camp meets daily from 1pm-3pm, July 13th-17th.  Tuition:  $114.00


For ages 4-7.  Taught by music teacher and flautist, Becca Michaelson. Camp meets daily from 9am-12pm, August 10th-14th.  Tuition:  $149.00


For ages 8-12.  Taught by Norah Rendell.  Camp meets daily from 9:30-11:30am, August 24th-28th.  Tuition:  $114.00


For complete information about each of these camps and to register, please visit our website.

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