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Thursday Schedule

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Voicing – Acoustic and Electronic

A study of various sounds and voicing. How to select correct ranges and octaves so the reeds and the electronic voices complement each other as well as your musical passages.

Roberta Cantow

Accordions Rising

Come meet filmmaker Roberta Cantow and learn more about Accordions Rising.

Mike Zampiceni

Blues, Bebop, and Beyond

Learn some basics of improvisation, beginning with "blue notes," the foundation of jazz. Enhance your playing with simple techniques to embellish melodies and alternative harmonic progressions that can substitute for vanilla standard progressions.

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Prepare to Play in Public

Taking to the stage, (etiquette, repertoire, dress, presentation).

Mario Pedone

Learning Embellishments

Mario will show various types and ways you can embellish your music and how to sound like a pro!

Liz Finch

Music Notation I: A Review of Fundamentals of Music

A review of symbols, signs, foreign expressions, articulations – how they are notated correctly and how they are played.

11:00 – 11:50

Kim and Dan Christian

Duet Workshop

Lifetime duet partners Dan & Kim Christian will take you through all the techniques of playing together in harmony. All the combinations of style and versatility that can be played with two accordions!

Mary Tokarski

Musician . . . or Magician?

An interesting look into what we do as musicians, and how it turns experiences and events into magical times.

Liz Finch

Music Notation II: A look at the expansion of fundamental music notation into the 21st century

An examination of newer devices used with modern music – how they are notated and how they are played.

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 – Red Velvet Cake

Today's Lunch concert features Gail Campanella and Pete Barbutti!

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50

 Mike Zampiceni

Master Class


Mary Tokarski

Master Class


3:00 – 3:50


Joey Miskulin

Master Class

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 Alex Sevastian, and the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers, and will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.


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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.
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