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Wednesday Schedule

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Tyrolean Music and the Accordion!

We will study this distincitve music of the Alps where Austria & Italy meet known as Tyrol – a region rich in accordion heritage!

Shelia Lee

Plumping Up Your Solos

Three simple steps: 1) Bass Power – left hand technique, 2) Mini runs and turns (ornamentation), and 3) Bellows & Expression.

Michael Bridge

Whole-Body Techniques for Acoustic/Digital Accordion

Techniques of accordion playing that go beyond playing the notes and regular use of the bellows. Some topics include non-traditional use of the bellows, manipulating the relationship between the right and left hands, and getting the most out of your accordion's reeds. The goal is listen to our sounds and imitate and blend with other instruments.

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Bellows, Articulation & Dynamics


Stas Venglevski

Duets for two accordions.

Music interpretations for two accordions. How bringing two accordions together can be a fun and exciting sound. Class will include special duets written by Stas and performed with the help of Lynn Ewing.

Liz Finch

How to write for a rhythym section

What you need to know to write a proper drum part or a simple lead sheet or Master Rhythm part for the members of a band or ensemble.

11:00 – 11:50

Peter Soave

Master Recital

Mary Tokarski

What Makes Music "music"!

Did you ever listen to a concert and doodle on your program?  Or make paper airplanes?  Or think "is it over yet?"  We will examine what YOU need to do (and think) to prevent your audience from falling into this syndrome!

Alicia Baker

Master Class on Performance Practice, Stage Presence, Style & Technique

Known for her variety and wide range of musical abilities, Alicia Baker is well-rounded with specialties in French musette, old-time music, and singing while playing the accordion

12:00 – Lunch


  • Beverages – Fresh Coffee, Ice Tea & Water
  • Breads – Bakery Fresh Bread Sticks, Dinner Rolls & Butter
  • Salad – Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Main Entrée – Beef Brochettes with a light Demi-Glacé sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Ratatouille - eggplant, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, zucchini, garlic & herbs
  • Pasta – Rice Pilaf
  • Vegetables – Broccoli Normandy
  • Dessert – Peach Melba

Today's Lunch concert features the Honorary Director's Discussion Panel.

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50

Paul Pasquali

15 Years – Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

A look back at the beginning and the journey and memorable moments at the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention!

Stas Venglevski

Master Class

Joan Sommers

Master Class #2 for Soloists, Duos or Ensembles.

Come play whatever you’re working on at home for me.  These do not need to be perfect or completely ready for public performance.  You may use music!

3:00 – 3:50

Gina Brannelli & Paul

Introduces the Concerto




Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

4:00 – 4:50





Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal


5:15 – 7:00 PM

Dinner at PORTS O’ CALL

  • Arrive for dinner at your leisure and enjoy a special gastronomical treat! You will be our guests to eat at the famous Ports O’ Call – tax, tip and beverages are all paid! Take the escalator down from the ballroom and walk in a direct line to the end of the casino to find Ports O’ Call, featuring food selections from all over the world!

    Make sure you’re back in your seats at the Arizona Ballroom by 7:50 PM – Concert and Parade of Costumes begins promptly at 8 PM! Dancing begins at 7:15 PM.


    Tonight's concert features Ron Borelli and Joey Miskulin, and will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.

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The 20th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

October 14 - October 17, 2019


Key Benefits of Attending the Convention

  • Join the fun and make new friends from all over the World.
  • See the latest in new accordions with factory exhibits.
  • Hotel accommodations are very inexpensive.
  • Be inspired by some of the finest.
  • Learn from the masters.

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