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Wednesday Schedule

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

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.

Joey Miskulin

Enhancing the Presentation

Embellishments and music tricks to help enhance your playing.

Liz Finch

Music Notation II: Music notation into the 21st century

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.

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Accordion Technique

Understanding technical requirements and how to deliver (active workshop)

Roberta Cantow

Accordions Rising

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

Alex Sevastian

The Accordion as a Professional Career

Building a professional career as an accordion player in North America and different ways to promote oneself.

11:00 – 11:50

Mike Zampiceni

Bellows Workshop – Avoiding the Accordion Hiccups

Mike will explain common bellow mistakes and how to correct them. Dynamic and expressive techniques for an optimal performance will be demonstrated. His solutions and suggestions are based on many years of mentoring students.

Mary Tokarski

The Elements of Music

Let’s jump into the nitty-gritty “parts” of what we call music and get some amazing insight into things we normally ignore in learning, practicing, and performing music.

Joan Sommers

Basics of Playing and/or Teaching the Accordion

Joan has had more students who have earned the right to represent the USA in the Coupe Mondiale than any other American teacher.  She will discuss some of the problems she finds people having in their solos plus some really basic things about the accordion.

12:00 – Lunch


  • Beverages – Fresh Coffee, Ice Tea & Water
  • Breads – Bakery Fresh Bread Sticks, Dinner Rolls & Butter
  • Salad – Fresh Greens with Sesame Dressing
  • Main Entrée – Teriyaki Chicken Breast
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Asian Stir-Fry Vegetables with noodles
  • Rice – Steamed
  • Vegetables – Stir Fry Vegetables
  • Dessert – Strawberry Shortcake

Today's Lunch concert features lunch music with Gordon Kohl and Rich Delabio, followed by special presentations and panel discussion including Mario Pedone and other accordion dignitaries.

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50

Gina Brannelli and Mary Tokarski

Youth Master Class

Special Class for Scholarship Attendees

Mario Pedone

Master Class

Alex Sevastian

Master Class

3:00 – 3:50


Mario Pedone

Improving Your Technique

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

Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

4:00 – 4:50

Gina Brannelli and Paul Pasquali

Introducing the Concerto

Come hear as we explore the sounds of the Concerto accordion!

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.

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 music with Gordon Kohl and Rich Delabio 7:20-7:50 - and the concert will begin promptly at 8 PM

    Tonight's concert features the Mike Zampiceni, and Kim & Dan Christian.

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