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Music Competitions

Minnesota State

Championships (Saturday)

9:00-12:30 p m

St. Paul Autumn Feis (Sunday)

9:30 am-12:30 pm

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Did you know that some of the local dance competitions also hold music competitions? Music Competitions are opportunities to showcase your hard work while receiving valuable feedback from an adjudicator that will help you grow as a traditional Irish musician. Our upcoming Minnesota State Championships 2019 Feis on September 21st and Autumn Feis on September 22nd are a few of those opportunities. 

If you have never registered for a music competition, you will need to complete a few short steps in order to register your musician for the competition

  • Go to and register your musician. This website is the hub of nearly all dancing and musical events in the Irish world! It allows you to select which events you wish to participate in and to pay for your entry into the event.

  • Login and find your event (Minnesota State Championships 2019 and/or Autumn Feiseanna)

  • Select the category of your particular event (i.e.: Under 11 Tin Whistle, O13 Singing (English) etc.) Once you have registered, Feisworx will automatically determine your age group and will only allow you to register for the correct age level.

  • Make sure to pay for your entry upon completion of your selections and you are officially registered. You will receive email confirmation of your entries upon successful payment. As the event draws nearer, you will be able to go into Feisworx and see how many other competitors are in your event.

What does the day of the Minnesota State Championships 2019 and Autumn music competitions look like?

  1. The music competitions take place on Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at Noon.  There will be signs to point you to the entrance of the music competition site. 

  2. Please pick up your competitor number at the registration table before checking in for your music competition.  Your competitor number confirms your event as you check-in at the music room.

  3. All music performances are on a “drop in” basis. We understand that some music contestants are also participating in dances throughout the morning so please plan your arrival accordingly to perform your music selections. If you are not dancing Saturday, or Sunday, it may make the most sense to plan your performance early so the students who are dancing can take later slots without having to wait too long to perform. 

  4. There will be a room attendant to aid in check-in when you arrive at the music room and assist with any last minute concerns before your performance. Please ask questions if you are unsure about any aspect of the morning, or need anything. 

  5. Posting of placements will occur shortly after the last competitor performs in each category. Once posted, awards can be picked up at the awards table. There will be no formal ceremony for music competitions.


Again, we are extremely excited and thank you for your participation in the Minnesota State Championships 2019 and Autumn Feiseanna Music Competition, Saturday, September 21st, or Sunday, September 22nd.  If you decide to compete, we wish you the best of luck and hope your experience and performance is wonderful!


Maria Pasquerella - Music Competition Chair


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Music Judge, Minnesota State Chamionships:



Chad has been passionately involved in traditional music since he was a child. He holds a BA in Music, did graduate work in ethno-musicology, studied with master harper Ann Heymann and won the SHSA National Scottish Harp championship in 2009. In 2011, the American Composers Forum invited Chad to take part in the launch of their new Composer Teaching Artist training program. In 2010, he received an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to record. Chad brings his joy of teaching and experience as performer, parent, and composer to his work at the CIM.

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Music Judge, St. Paul Autumn Feis


Cory Froehlich - Irish Flute, Tin Whistle, Song, Piano 

Cory was introduced to the silver (orchestral) flute as a child, and continued study through university. Love of the instrument enticed him to explore its use in traditional music. A very capable wooden flute player in the Irish tradition, Cory’s study of both flutes allows him to explore a wide range of genres. He specializes in the adaptation of wooden flute techniques to the Boehm instrument. Cory also has a BA in Classical Vocal Performance.

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