The Irish Music School of Chicago teaches children and adults as a collaboration between Irish musicians, teachers, students and the community itself.
The School was founded in 2003 by Chicago-bred and internationally acclaimed Irish fiddler Sean Cleland. As a young Irish-American determined to play traditional Irish music, Cleland made repeated trips to Ireland. Back at home, he immersed himself in the vibrant Chicago Irish Music community, literally sitting at the feet of the mostly immigrant Irish musicians.
Recognizing the need for a school of Irish traditional music in the city, he envisioned a place that could provide a unifying presence for Irish music in Chicago, bringing younger generations of student Irish musicians into contact with the older generation of Irish musicians that had influenced him greatly as a young music student. A school could be the place where teachers, students, and musicians from all over the Chicago area could come together united in a common purpose: to build, renew and share a community of Irish music.
As a not-for-profit organization, the Irish Music School is committed to maintaining the strong tradition of Irish music, song and dance, to involve more people in the community of Irish music, and ensure that this type of music does not disappear in Chicago and the United States.
The Irish Music School of Chicago performs on Saturday, July 7 from 12pm-12:45pm on the Fifth Province Stage, on Saturday, July 7 from 5pm-5:30pm in the Second Floor Hallway and on Sunday, July 8 from 5pm-6pm in the Children’s Area.