The Academy of Irish Music students meet twice a week at the IAHC, under the direction of Noel Rice. 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 Chicago metropolitan area. Most of them participate in school bands and orchestras; many are Suzuki trained. Students also perform throughout the Chicago community for various charity events, weddings, funerals and private parties and at Milwaukee Irish Fest.
The Academy of Irish Music has two groups; the Senior Group and the Young Group. The Senior group performs on Sunday, July 8 at Noon on the Fifth Province Stage and the Young Group performs on Saturday, July 7 at 3:30pm and Sunday, July 8 at 2pm on the Second Floor Hallway.