5th Annual Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week
Kids Day Camp

JUNE 29 - JULY 3
FIRST FREE CHURCH - 5255 N. ASHLAND - CHICAGO


Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week, named in honor of Captain Francis O’Neill, Chief of Chicago Police from 1901-1905, is dedicated to his legacy as the primary preservationist of traditional Irish music through his careful and prolific annotation of tunes. Without the work of Captain O’Neill, much of traditional Irish music would be lost to future generations of musicians.

Kids ages 4-17 of all musical abilities can be a part of this amazing legacy by participating in this fun week of Irish culture!  During the week they will learn many aspects of Irish culture with some of the best master traditional Irish musicians and teachers in residence for the week.  The world-class faculty teach a wide range of subjects including Traditional Irish Music (fiddle, tin whistle, flute, bodhrán, concertina, piano accordion, piano accompaniment, tenor banjo), Céilí , Set and Step Dancing, Irish Language, Irish and English Singing and Celtic Arts and Crafts.  No experience necessary!



KIDS DAY CAMP (4-6 YEARS OLD)

  • Half-Day Morning Program from 9am-12pm Monday-Friday
  • Children may choose between fiddle or tin whistle for their instrument instruction and must bring their own instruments.  Tin whistles (in the key of D) may be ordered for $12.50 on your registration form.  We recommend renting fiddles from Seman Violins.
  • A typical camp day will include music instrument instruction, singing, dancing, and arts & crafts.  Outside fun and Gaelic sports will also be incorporated into the schedule, weather permitting
  • $215 Registration Fee
  • 10% discount applies to additional children from same immediate family ($193.50) and will be automatically applied in registration process.

Kids Day Camp (7-10 years old)

  • Full-Day Program from 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday (Half-Day Friday, July 3)
  • Children may choose between fiddle, tin whistle, concertina or bodhrán for their instrument instruction and will be grouped according to music experience and ability.  Campers must bring their own instruments.  Tin whistles (in the key of D) may be ordered for $12.50 on your registration form.  We recommend renting fiddles from Seman Violins.
  • A typical camp day will include 1 hour of music instrument instruction, singing, dancing, Irish language, and arts & crafts.  Outside fun and Gaelic sports will also be incorporated into the schedule, weather permitting
  • $350 Registration Fee 
  • 10% discount applies to additional children from same immediate family ($315.00) and will be automatically applied in registration process.

Kids Day Camp (11-14 years old)

  • Full-Day Program from 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday (Half-Day Friday, July 3)
  • Children in this group may choose between fiddle, tin whistle, bodhrán, flute, piano accordion, piano accompaniment, guitar, cello or tenor banjo and will be grouped according to music experience and ability.  Campers must bring their own instruments.  We recommend renting fiddles from Seman Violins.  We also have a limited number of concertinas available for rent.
  • A typical camp day will include 2 hours of music instruction, singing, dancing, Irish literature, history and language.  Outside fun and Gaelic sports will also be incorporated into the schedule, weather permitting
  • $350 Registration Fee 
  • 10% discount applies to additional children from same immediate family ($315.00) and will be automatically applied in registration process.

foniaw TEEN PERFORMANCE GROUP (14-17 years old)

  • Full-Day Program from 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday (Half-Day Friday, July 3)
  • Kids in the Teen Performance Group (TPG) should have significant experience with their chosen instrument or singing. 
  • Beginning students in this age group can also participate by learning tin whistle and/or singing. 
  • All students must be open to learning new instruments and techniques and be willing to perform as part of a group.
  • TPG members will have 2 hours of music instruction plus singing, dancing and other cultural instruction.
  • TPG music instruction will include a daily special performance session where they will work collaboratively with FONIAW faculty towards a performance at the Uptown Windy City Rib Fest World Music stage on July 3. They will be encouraged to explore their own creative interests and faculty will provide positive and constructive comments for their performance.
  • TPG members will have access to 7 hours of additional music instruction through free access to all of the great adult music learning sessions on Saturday afternoon and on Monday and Tuesday evenings (does not include concerts or Pilgrimage).
  • TPG members will gain leadership and mentoring experience by acting as junior counselors at certain times during camp.
  • Students younger than 14 may join this group on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact us to discuss this possibility.

Space is limited - click below to register.

Cancellations made prior to May 31, 2015 will be refunded minus a $50 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be issued as of June 1, 2015 except in the case of a medical emergency. No refunds are issued for any late arrivals or early departures.