Children and Youth Ensembles



Advanced Youth Ensemble

This ensemble is for accomplished young Irish musicians with a large repertoire of tunes who are able to play confidently with solid rhythm, groove and accuracy. As young ambassadors for the CIM, the ensemble performs regularly around the Twin Cities.

The Advanced Youth Ensemble is a competitive group that commits to attending the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil every year. As such, ensemble members must be under 18 as of January 1st of the year of the Midwest Fleadh. Musicians who have later birthdays in their senior year are encouraged to join the Young Adult Ensemble, or discuss other options with Norah Rendell.

Upcoming Public Performances & Events

May 4 - Celtic Junction Arts Center 10-year Anniversary, 6:00-8:00pm

May 12 - CIM Youth Recitals - arrive at 3:00pm for last part of recital 2 for ceili band, and stay for the 4:00pm to play solos, duets and/or trios.

June 1 - St. Anthony Park Arts Festival, 10:00am

June 2 - Grand Old Day Rogue Party at Irish on Grand, 11:00am-1:30pm (details to be determined)

June 12 - Como Lakeside Pavilion, 7:00-8:00pm



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13yr 0mo - 17yr 11mo Rendell 2/6 - 5/29 We 04:45 PM - 06:15 PM $312.00 View
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13 - 18 Miller 6/12 - 8/7 We 04:45 PM - 06:15 PM $176.00 View

Redwing Intermediate Ensemble

Your playing will improve in leaps and bounds in the Redwing intermediate ensemble!  If you've been playing for a few years and have 10-15 tunes by ear, this is the perfect opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the tradition in a fun, social environment.

We are looking for new members this summer - first time ensemble players are welcome! Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions!



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10 - 13 Flowers 7/18 - 8/22 Th 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM $105.00 View

Starling Intermediate Ensemble

Experience the joys and challenges of playing in a group such as arranging tunes in sets, learning melodic and harmonic variations and lots of new repertoire!

Starling Ensemble is a fun and challenging class for young intermediate-advanced musicians who are well on their way with Irish music. Starling ensemble students know lots of tunes and can play them with solid rhythm and groove. Often this group is involved in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil competition.



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12 - 15 Vanorny 6/12 - 8/7 We 04:45 PM - 06:15 PM $156.00 View

Swallowtail Intermediate Ensemble

Your playing will improve in leaps and bounds in the Swallowtail ensemble!  If you've been playing for a few years and have 10-15 tunes by ear, this is the perfect opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the tradition in a fun, social environment. If you are a new ensemble student, please contact us before enrolling.

This term, many Swallowtail members are considering attending and competing at the Midwest Regional Fleadh in Chicago on April 26-28, 2019. If you are interested in attending, please consult the Midwest Fleadh page on our website. In addition to solo competitions, you may want consider competing in a duet or trio with another student at the school (another Swallowtail ensemble member). Contact Executive Artistic Director, Norah Rendell at [email protected] with inquiries.



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10 - 14 Rendell 6/20 - 8/8 Th 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM $105.00 View

Wren Intermediate Ensemble
This ensemble is for learning to play together with fellow musicians, challenging one another to learn new tunes and belt them out with great rhythm and style. As a group, the Wren Intermediate Ensemble is non-competitive, however all CIM musicians are welcome to compete in the Midwest Fleadh in his or her capacity as soloist, duet or trio. Taught by flute player and uilleann piper Sean Gavin (rumor has it he plays a little fiddle as well), with occasional assistance from Dáithí Sproule.

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13 - 18 Gavin 1/30 - 5/29 We 05:15 PM - 06:15 PM $245.00 View
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14 - 17 Sproule 6/10 - 8/12 Mo 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM $123.00 View