The School also provides a “Trad Youth Exchange” program that matches our young musicians with other youngsters in Ireland for a musical and cultural exchange. This past year, it partnered with Mary MacNamara from Tulla, Co. Clare, in Ireland and the TulÓg Music Group. This exchange culminated in the children performing in Boston and Ireland, and the release of the album “From Tulla to Boston: Live at the Burren.”
Interested members of CCÉ Boston Music School regularly participate in the local and international competitions featuring Irish traditional music, song and dance. Not all students are interested in participating in competition, but join our classes for many reasons, including improving their playing, making friends, and enjoying a sense of community with other musicians. However, over the years, our school has nurtured many competition medalists and champions who have gone on to compete in Ireland. This year, we are very proud of our champions, Realta Geala, or the “Rising Stars,” who won first place in the U-15 Grupa Cheoil (ensemble competition) at the Mid-Atlantic fleadh, and competed in the All-Ireland championship in Sligo.
Under the direction of Acting Executive Director John Kearney, School Administrator Jack Conroy and CCÉ Branch Chair Tara Lynch, the CCÉ Boston Music School was founded for the express purpose of preserving and cultivating the rich cultural treasure that is traditional Irish music, by providing the opportunity for students at all ages and levels to develop their skills under expert instructors.