Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week
KIDS DAY CAMP

JUNE 26-30 (family recital July 1)
IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER - 4626 N. KNOX AVE. - CHICAGO

Kids ages 4-17 of all musical abilities can be a part of our 7th annual amazing week of Irish culture!  During the week they will learn with some of the best master traditional Irish musicians and teachers who teach a wide range of subjects covering all things Irish. Students learn traditional Irish music on an instrument of their choice which may include fiddle, tin whistle, flute, bodhrán, concertina, harp, guitar, cello, piano accordion, piano accompaniment, tenor banjo.  Additional fun activities include Céilí, Set and Sean-nós Dancing, Irish Language, Irish and English Singing and Celtic Arts and Crafts.  No experience necessary!

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 DAY CAMP (4-6 YEARS OLD)

  • Half-Day Morning Program from 9am-12pm Monday-Friday for our younger musicians who would prefer a shorter day.
  • Family recital July 1 at 10am - everyone is welcome!
  • 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
  • $249 for 5 days of camp.
  • 10% discount applies to additional children from same immediate family ($224.10) 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, June 30)
  • Family recital July 1 at 10am - everyone is welcome!
  • Children may choose between fiddle, tin whistle, Irish harp 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. We have a limited number of harps and bodhráns available for rent.
  • 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
  • $379 for 5 days of camp.
  • 10% discount applies to additional children from same immediate family ($341.10) 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, June 30)
  • Family recital July 1 at 10am - everyone is welcome!
  • Children in this group may choose between fiddle, tin whistle, bodhrán, concertina, flute, Irish harp, 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
  • $379 for 5 days of camp.
  • 10% discount applies to additional children from same immediate family ($341.10) and will be automatically applied in registration process.

foniaw PERFORMANCE ensemble (13-17 years old)

The Performance Ensemble was conceived and developed by FONIAW teachers that have years of experience performing Irish music, dance and song around the world in groundbreaking Irish bands including the Drovers, Comas, Bohola, Notify and Ensemble Galilei. These musicians have years of teaching performance groups in both Ireland and the U.S. and preparing students to compete in award-winning Grúpaí Ceoil (mixed musical ensembles) and Céilí Bands including bringing those bands to compete in Ireland at many Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

The Performance Ensemble will spend the week having fun working on Irish dance tunes and songs for performance.  The Troupe will learn about ensemble playing and arranging while working on layering, dynamics, creating intros, bridges, and endings.

  • The Performance Ensemble will perform during the week at the Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week Tutors Concert and will anchor an Irish Music School of Chicago  performance at the Irish American Heritage Center Irish Fest on Sunday, July 9 from on the Kid's Stage.
  • Full-Day Program from 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday (Half-Day Friday, June 30)
  • Family recital July 1 at 10am - everyone is welcome!
  • Participants in the Performance Ensemble must have significant experience with their chosen instrument. We will accept beginning students in this age group who will be open and commit to participating through learning tin whistle, singing, lilting, and/or Sean-nós dancing.
  • All students must be open to learning new instruments and techniques and be willing to perform as part of a group.
  • Performance Ensemble members will have at least 2 hours of music instruction plus singing, lilting and dancing evert day.
  • Performance Ensemble music instruction will include a daily special performance rehearsal where they will work collaboratively with FONIAW faculty towards a performance for younger campers and eventually friends and family.  This role has the added benefit of being inspiration to younger campers!
  • Students younger than 13 may join the Performance Ensemble on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact us to discuss this possibility.
  • $379 for 5 days of camp.
  • 10% discount applies to additional children from same immediate family ($341.10) and will be automatically applied in registration process.

CANCELLATIONS MADE PRIOR TO MAY 31, 2017 WILL BE REFUNDED MINUS A $50 CANCELLATION FEE.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AS OF JUNE 1, 2017 EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.
NO REFUNDS ARE ISSUED FOR ANY LATE ARRIVALS OR EARLY DEPARTURES. 


A big thank you to our 2017 sponsors: