Programs and Pricing

Children, Teen, Adult, Public Events

Beginner Program (7-11 years)

A fun and intensive 3-day introduction to Irish music and culture from County Kerry!

With a focus on County Kerry, this year's beginner program is designed for newcomers to Irish music and for those who have been learning to play an instrument for 1-4 years. This hands-on workshop designed by fiddle player, dancer and educator, Danielle Enblom who recently graduated from a Masters in dance history from IT Tralee. The beginner program includes storytelling, traditional songs in Irish and English, crafts, a chance to experiment with new Irish instruments, and lots of new tunes. Please note there will be a performance for families and friends at 4:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

Age: 7 to 11 yrs
Level: Beginner-early Intermediate
Instructor: Danielle Enblom

Schedule:
Friday, June 10th 9:30am-12:30pm
Saturday June 11th 9:30am-12:30pm
Sunday June 12th 1:30pm-4:30pm*

*There will be a performance for families of Beginner program students at 4pm on Sunday afternoon in Celtic Junction Studio 1 (the big room!)

Cost:
$120 before May 15th, $140 after May 15th (price includes a MIM t-shirt)

Register now!

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE

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Irish Trad Immersion Camp (9-12 years)

A fun and intensive one-day program with Irish music friends.

Come spend a day with like-minded young musicians, who share a passion for Irish traditional music.  If you already play some Irish music and are itching to expand your skills and make new musical friends, we invite you to spend the day with acclaimed CIM instructors for Irish Trad Immersion Camp, a condensed, introductory version of the Teen program for intermediate-level instrumentalists including a session, new tunes and some arranging with mixed instruments. Open to whistle, fiddle, flute, mandolin, banjo, guitar, harp and bodhrán players who know at least five tunes.  Please contact Norah at nrendell@centerforirishmusic.org if your instrument is not included in the list.

Irish Trad Immersion Camp registrants are encouraged to stay for the Friday night Great Session Experience from 7-9pm. The Great Session Experience is an optional part of the program. Children will be supervised at the teen session (children welcome). We encourage families to come and join in the fun at the Great Session Experience.  There will be a cash bar and refreshments available to the public, so invite all of your friends to hear the music!

Age: 9 to 12 yrs
Level: Intermediate
Instructors:  CIM instructors

Schedule:
Friday, June 9th
1:30pm-5:45pm - Gathering, large & small group classes, coming together to play as one giant band!
5:45-7:00pm - dinner with other participants (included in registration)

Cost (includes teen dinner on Friday and MIM t-shirt):
$75 before May 15th, $95 after May 15th

Register now!

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE

Intermediate and Advanced Teen Program (12 to 19 yrs)

Three days with internationally renowned traditional Irish musicians. New tunes, new techniques, new and deepened musical friendships!

This course is specifically designed for teens that already play Irish instruments at an intermediate to advanced level. Fiddlers, flute and tin whistle players, singers, guitarists, pipers, pianists, harpists, bodhrán players will all have the opportunity to learn from the visiting artists in small class sizes. 

Intermediate and Advanced Teen Program registrants are encouraged to stay for the Friday night Great Session Experience (GSE) from 7-9pm, although the GSE is an optional part of the program. Teens will be supervised at the teen session. We encourage families to come and join in the fun at the Great Session Experience.  There will be a cash bar and refreshments available to the public, so invite all of your friends!

Teen Irish Accompaniment Workshop, a special part of the MIM teen program
The Teen Irish Accompaniment Workshop is an integral part of the MIM teen program designed for youth who play chorded instruments such as guitar, bouzouki, piano, harp, and mandolin.  Participants will explore how accompaniment fits in to the Irish tradition while laying the foundation for subtle, improvisational, and fun approaches to backing Irish tunes and songs. Students will learn various tune-type strumming patterns and rhythmic guidelines and basics of harmony applicable to Irish music.
Age: 12 to 19 yrs
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Instructors: MIM visiting artists

Schedule:
Friday, June 9th 1:30-9:00pm – Welcoming, workshops, teen dinner, The Great Session Experience from 7-9pm (optional)
Saturday, June 10th 9:30am-4:30pm – Workshops and sessions, 4:45pm-5:30pm Teen Trad Showcase, 7:30pm Concert (optional)
Sunday, June 11th 11:00am-4:30pm – Workshops, sessions & closing

Cost (includes teen dinner on Friday and MIM t-shirt):
$195 before May 15th, $235 after May 15th

Teen Trad Showcase on Saturday afternoon from 4:45-5:30pm - featuring performances by local young traditional musician (that's you)! If you would like to sign up to perform in the showcase, contact Norah Rendell at nrendell@centerforirishmusic.org.

Register now!

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE

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Adult Program – Workshops, Lectures, & Events  

Music Workshops

The Minnesota Irish Weekend offers a selection of workshops, lectures, a demonstration and fascinating interviews with the visiting artists.  There is something for everyone, musicians and non-musicians alike. Instrument-specific workshops with the visiting artists are available throughout the weekend on whistle, flute, fiddle, banjo, uilleann pipes, accordion, guitar, lilting and song.  General workshops for all Irish instrumentalists, singers and dancers are also available this year.

 See "Adult Workshops" page for details.

Cost for each 80-minute workshop:
$35 before May 15th
$40 after May 15th

Package deal of four workshops plus a lecture (it's an even better deal this year!):
$145 before May 15th (Package deals are only available before May 15th)

Lecture, Interviews and Demonstrations
For musicians and Irish music enthusiasts.
Cost:  
$16 before May 15th
$19 after May 15th
 
Detailed decriptions of each lecture/talk will be available on the Adult Workshops page once the course offerings are finalized. Package deals and schedules will be on the registration form.

Public Events

Friday

  • 7:00pm Great Session Experience.  Come join one of six sessions led by musicians in the Twin Cities community. Multi-ability sessions available including a song session. Free and open to the public. Concessions available.

Saturday

  • 5:00pm Pre-concert public gathering, dinner* & session.  
  • 7:30pm MASTER ARTISTS CONCERT - $6/$10/$20/$23

*A reservation is required for dinner. Please see registration form for more details.

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