The Academy of Irish Music students meet twice a week at the IAHC. All of these students got their start in Irish music under the direction of musician, teacher and historian, the late Noel Rice. Rice taught music for more than 40 years to thousands of students, including such established musicians as Sean Cleland and James Conway.
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 performs on Saturday, July 13 from 2pm-3pm and Sunday, July 14 from 3:30pm-4:30pm on the Second Floor Hallway North.