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Tuesday Schedule

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Selecting the Correct Repertoire

It is important to select the appropriate repertoire for your engagements. Gordon will share his years of experience in how to satisfy your audiences.

Kim & Dan Christian

Expression and Interpretation

This workshop is for everyone! Dan and Kim will talk about the importance of expressing music in your own way. They will also talk about all the different styles and different techniques that can be employed to create different nuances of style.

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.

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Music Theory

The theory behind the Stradella bass system (bring notebook and pen).

Alex Sevastian

Bellowing Technique

Developing a strong bellow technique. Alex will demonstrate bellow shakes, ricochets, smooth bellow changes in phrases, and will talk about exercises to improve your bellow technique.

Mario Pedone

Improving Your Technique

Different ways to improve your accordion skills and how to become a better player.

11:00 – 11:50

Nancy Leonard

Making Money as an Accordionist

This workshop will give you insight and knowledge with step-by-step information on how to make money with the accordion.

Joey Miskulin

Play It Your Way

After you learn a song then learn how to own it! How to add your personal style and arrangement to a song so that it is uniquely yours.

Joan Summers

Questions about your Orchestra Music?

Come see Professor Sommers before your first rehearsal and get your questions answered!

12:00 – Lunch

  • Beverages – Fresh Coffee, Ice Tea & Water
  • Breads – Bakery Fresh Bread Sticks, Dinner Rolls & Butter
  • Salad – Caesar Salad with dressing on the side
  • Main Entrée – Traditional Meat Lasagna Smothered with Fresh Marinara Sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Vegetarian Lasagna with Marinara Sauce
  • Vegetables – Italian Vegetable Medley
  • Dessert – Peach Melba with Vanilla Ice Cream

Today's Lunch concert features a special showing of Accordions Rising with the filmmaker Roberta Cantow!

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:10 – 3:00

Gordon Kohl

The Stradella Accordion Left Hand – Unlocking the Secret Harmonies

The chord magic in its design. How to find those specialty chords – 6ths, other 7th chords and 9th chords will be shown and discussed.

Kim & Dan Christian

Master Class

Joan Sommers

Master Class for Soloists or Small Groups

Let Joan listen and maybe she can offer some ideas which will make everything sound better or be easier.  Sign up ahead of time if possible.

3:10 – 4:00

Paul Pasquali

Introducing the Concerto

Hear from the inventor for yourself what the Concerto is about!


Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

4:10 – 5:10  

Roberta Cantow

Accordions Rising

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

Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal



  • Beverages – Fresh Coffee, Ice Tea & Water
  • Breads – Bakery Fresh Dinner Rolls & Butter
  • Salad – Lettuce Wedge with assorted dressings
  • Main Entrée – Salmon Fillet with Dill Sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Eggplant Parmesan
  • Potato – Pesto mashed potatoes
  • Vegetables – Grilled Asparagus
  • Dessert – Grand Marnier Cake

Doors open at 6:30 PM


Dinner begins at 7:00 PM


Tonight's concert features Honorary Director Mario Pedone and Mary Tokarski. It will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.


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