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Class List 2015

Accordion Effects | Grayson Masefield
Exploring glissandos, tremolo, bellow shakes are some effects to be presented.
  Tuesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room D  

 

Accordions Roll Part 1 | Riders in the Sky
Performing and recording with a traveling band.
  Tuesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room D  

 

Accordions Roll Part 2 | Riders in the Sky
Performing and recording with a traveling band.
  Tuesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room D  

 

Acoustic Duets | Gordon Kohl
How to comp chords around the melody plus Gordon will show how to use harmony turns, fills, and ornaments to embellish your duet performances.
  Tuesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  

 

Appearing in Public | Gina Brannelli
Taking the Stage - dress, presentation and music.
  Thursday 10:00 – 10:50 Room A  

 

Controlling your Bellows | Stas Venglevski
The heart of the accordion - it's all about control!
  Wednesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room B  

 

Duet & Group Master class | Joan Sommers
  Tuesday 2:00 – 2:50 Room D  

 

Ear Training | Joey Miskulin
Often wonder how musicians do what they do - learn to listen with Joey!
  Thursday 10:00 – 10:50 Room D  

 

Electronic Accordion Duets | Gordon Kohl
How to select and use digital voices to make your electronic accordion duets come alive with excitement.
  Wednesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  

 

History of Music Notation | Liz Finch
A discussion of how throughout the ages sound has been captured and put on paper.
  Tuesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room B  
  Thursday 10:00 – 10:50 Room B  

 

Interpreting music notation | Liz Finch
How to interpret as a performer traditional and non-traditional elements of notation.
  Wednesday 2:00 – 2:50 Room D  
  Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 Room B  

 

Introduces the Concerto | Gina Brannelli
  Wednesday 3:00 – 3:50 Room A  

 

Introduces the Concerto | Paul Pasquali
  Tuesday 3:00 – 3:50 Room A  

 

Jazz Accordion Tips | Paul Betkin/Jerry Cigler
A sampling and potpourri of simple performance tips based on the craft of the legendary Leon Sash. This will be a practical and performance presentation of basic techniques and advice geared toward the casual accordionist for the performance of simple lead sheet music. The presentation will be performance oriented, down-to earth, informative and fun. Questions and comments through audience participation is highly encouraged. The information to be presented is a stand-alone art and craft for the accordion not taught anywhere today in the USA. 
  Wednesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room B  

 

Jazz Accordion Tips 2 | Paul Betkin/Jerry Cigler
More examples of using and interpreting  lead sheets
  Thursday 9:00 – 9:50 Room B  

 

Longevity in the Accordion Business | Gordon Kohl
Marketing the accordion - performing, teaching
  Thursday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  

 

Master Class | Gina Brannelli
  Tuesday 2:00 – 2:50 Room A  

 

Master class | Grayson Masefield
  Wednesday 2:00 – 2:50 Room B  

 

Master class | Joey Miskulin
  Thursday 2:00 – 2:50 Room B  

 

Master class | Mary Tokarski
  Thursday 2:00 – 2:50 Room D  

 

Master class | Stas Venglevski
  Tuesday 2:00 – 2:50 Room B  

 

Orchestra Rehearsal | Joan Sommers
  Tuesday 3:00 – 4:50 Room D  
  Wednesday 3:00 – 4:50 Room D  
  Thursday 3:00 – 4:50 Ballroom  

 

Perfecting Your Technique | Grayson Masefield
Perfecting passages and various styles - Grayson will demonstrate and answer your questions.
  Thursday 9:00 – 9:50 Room D  

 

Playing in a Band vs. Solo | John Kolbrich
John will discuss his approach of being a musician first, and accordionist/keyboardist/bassist/vocalist second. Being less busy and more musical is my approach to making the band sound better, leaving space for everything and everyone to come together. John's approach to playing the Concerto blending midi Bass, Keyboards, and Accordion into a very powerful package of sound, the cornerstone to the band.
  Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 Room A  

 

Playing Simple Music | Stas Venglevski
The art of making great music from even the simplest of music.
  Tuesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room B  
  Tuesday 3:00 – 3:50 Room B  

 

Playing with a digital orchestra | Chuck Henry
Auto accompaniment tools are not for everyone but Chuck will show how to effectively use a backing module with the Concerto.
  Wednesday 4:00 – 4:50 Room A  

 

Playing with digital samples | Chuck Henry
Using the Concerto Chuck will show how to make sounds come alive such as making a trumpet really sound like a trumpet.
  Tuesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room A  
  Tuesday 4:00 – 4:50 Room A  

 

Preparing for A Rehearsal | Joan Sommers
Preparing and making valuable rehearsal time meaningful.
  Wednesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room D  

 

Selecting the right accordion (Concerto) for you! | John Kolbrich
John is playing his second generation Concerto accordion and will review what he has learned about selecting the right model for you, He will review key "go to" sounds, that work well in most commercial sound settings. John will review his settings with examples, how he uses of a "Leslie" Pedal for producing natural rotary speaker Hammond sounds, and his approach for getting the best Bass sound.
  Wednesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room A  
  Thursday 3:00 – 3:50 Room A  

 

Styles & Dynamics | Joey Miskulin
A look at various musical styles and the importance of dynamics in music especially with the accordion!
  Wednesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room D  
  Wednesday 3:00 – 3:50 Room B  

 

Tango Music | Grayson Masefield
The art and style of playing Tango Music
  Wednesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room D  

 

Teaching the Accordion I | Gina Brannelli
Starting off correctly and dealing with the basics
  Tuesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room A  

 

Teaching the Accordion II | Gina Brannelli
Moving forward after the basics.
  Wednesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room A  

 

The Total Package | Mary Tokarski
Everything counts – a look at some of the most misunderstood parts of a performance – and WHY they are important!
  Wednesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room B  

 

Traveling with Mantovani AND the accordion | Mary Tokarski
The joys of performing with the “World’s Most Elegant Orchestra”, and traveling with an accordion . . . the great stuff . . . AND . . . some of the horror stories.  Learn what works (and what doesn’t) when traveling with your accordion.
  Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 Room D  

 

Youth Master class | Joan Sommers
  Tuesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room B  

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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.

• USA: 1-800-472-1695 •

• Outside USA +01 801-486-1695 •