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Thursday Schedule

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Morning Workshops


   Room A
Room B
Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Popular Klezmer melodies for accordionists.

Four special Klezmer songs with music for accordionists.  The class will discuss the use of substitute chords, rhythm styles, the use of bellows shake and tremolo effects.

Jeff Lisenby

The gigging accordionist.

We will study various styles of music and decide how the accordionist could best complement each style.  We will also discuss gig etiquette and tricks of the trade.

Liz Finch

Writing music in the digital age.

An overview of the latest internet tools and software for composing and arranging music for all occasions.

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Teaching the accordion to the returning student.

All the basic requirements will be discussed that are important for the returning student.

Mary Tokarski

Everyone's a Teacher!

How do your teaching habits stack up? - Each of us is a teacher in one way or another . . . we teach our children, our families, our friends and even our co-workers . . .we'll explore the kind of teacher YOU are, and work on ways to apply the  skills you already have to help others appreciate music . . . and  the accordion!

Mario Pedone

Playing accordion with background tracks.

Mario will demonstrate how to play with background tracks

11:00 – 11:50

Steve Albini

Accordion Technique!

Steve will give tips on how to improve both left and right hand technique.

Peter Soave

Peter Soave Performance.

Performance and discussion of works by Paganini, Haydn, and Piazzolla.

Stas Venglevski

Bellows Shake Techniques.

Basic skills for good bellows shake technique.

12:00 – Lunch

  • Beverages – Fresh Coffee, Ice Tea & Water
  • Breads – Bakery Fresh Dinner Rolls & Butter
  • Main Entrée - Chef's Salad with Mixed Greens and Deli Meats & Cheeses
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Chef’s Salad with no meats, extra cheese
  • Dessert – Black Forest Cake

Today's Lunch concert features Pete Barbutti

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A
Room B
Room D
2:00 – 2:50

Jeff Lisenby

Master Class

Mady Soave

Master Class

Mario Pedone

Master Class

3:00 – 3:50

Nancy Leonard

The Progression of learning to play the accordion & being a strolling accordionist.

What you need to know to be a strolling accordionist, and the various types of music you need to know.

Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

Meet in Ballroom!

4:00 – 4:50

Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

Meet in Ballroom!


  • Beverages – Fresh Coffee, Ice Tea & Water
  • Breads – Bakery Fresh Dinner Rolls & Butter
  • Salad – Mixed Green Salad with assorted dressings
  • Main Entrée – Roast Prime Rib of Beef with au jus & horseradish cream sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Vegetables Wellington
  • Potato – Baked Potato with sour cream & whipped butter
  • Vegetables – Green Beans Provencal
  • Dessert – White Chocolate Cheese Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Doors open at 6:30 PM

Dinner begins at 7:00 PM

Tonight's concert features Mary Tokarski, Stas Venglevski, and the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra conducted by Joann Cochran Sommers, and will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.


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October 14 - October 17, 2019


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  • Join the fun and make new friends from all over the World.
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