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Wednesday Schedule

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Electronic Accordion Duets

How to select and use digital voices to make your electronic accordion duets come alive with excitement.

Paul Betkin and Jerry Cigler

Jazz Accordion Tips 1

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.

Grayson Masefield

Tango Music

The art and style of playing Tango Music.

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Teaching the Accordion II

Moving forward after the basics.

Stas Venglevski

Controlling your Bellows

The heart of the accordion - it's all about control!

Joey Miskulin

Styles & Dynamics

A look at various musical styles and the importance of dynamics in music, especially with the accordion!

11:00 – 11:50

John Kolbrich

Selecting the right accordion (Concerto) for you!

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 a "Leslie" Pedal for producing natural rotary speaker sounds, and his approach for getting the best Bass sound.

Mary Tokarski

The Total Package

Everything counts – a look at some of the most misunderstood parts of a performance – and WHY they are important!

Joan Sommers

Preparing for a Rehearsal

Preparing and making valuable rehearsal time meaningful.

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 – Strawberry Shortcake

Today's Lunch concert features lunch music with Gordon Kohl and a Q & A session with Honary Conductors.

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50




Grayson Masefield

Master Class

Liz Finch

Interpreting Music Notation

How to interpret as a performer traditional and non-traditional elements of notation.

3:00 – 3:50

Gina Brannelli

Introduces the Concerto

Joey Miskulin

Styles & Dynamics

A look at various musical styles and the importance of dynamics in music, especially with the accordion!

Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

4:00 – 4:50

Chuck Henry

Playing with a digital orchestra

Auto accompaniment tools are not for everyone but Chuck will show how to effectively use a backing module with the Concerto.


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 – Dancing with Europa 7:25-7:55 - and the concert will begin promptly at 8 PM

    Tonight's concert features the Europa Trio, Stas Venglevski and Joan Sommers.

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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.
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