Academy of Irish Music
The Academy of Irish Music students meet at least once a week at the Irish-American Heritage Center in Chicago. Group classes and private lessons are available for flute, whistle, bodhran, fiddle, viola and cello. Students are divided into junior, intermediate, and senior ensemble groups based on ability, experience, and instrumental needs. Progress in musical skills demands a high level of commitment. Students are expected to demonstrate dedication to their craft.
The children come from different corners of the Metropolitan area. Most of them participate in school bands and orchestras; many are Suzuki trained. These kids really enjoy what they learn, for them playing music is all about fun!
The students of the Academy compete individually and as group at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil. This is the qualifying competition for the All-Ireland music competition held each year in late August.
The Academy of Irish Music plays at Chief O’Neills Pub on the first Sunday of every month. In May, the Academy students were honored with the opportunity to play for Ireland’s President, Mary McAleese at the IAHC Library dedication. Students also perform throughout the Chicago community for various charity events, weddings, funerals, and private parties. Their annual performances at Celtic Fest Chicago and the Milwaukee Irish Fest are always well attended.
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