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Accordion Technique | Gina Brannelli
Understanding technical requirements and how to deliver (active workshop).
  Wednesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room A  


Accordions Rising | Roberta Cantow
Come meet filmmaker Roberta Cantow and learn more about Accordions Rising.
  Tuesday 4:10 – 5:00 Room B  
  Wednesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room B  
  Thursday 9:00 – 9:50 Room B  


Basics of Playing and/or Teaching the Accordion | Joan Sommers
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.
  Wednesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room D  


Bellowing Technique | Alex Sevastian
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.
  Tuesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room B  


Bellows Workshop – Avoiding the Accordion Hiccups | Mike Zampiceni
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.
  Wednesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room A  


Blues, Bebop, and Beyond | Mike Zampiceni
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.
  Thursday 9:00 – 9:50 Room D  


Duet Workshop | Kim and Dan Christian
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!
  Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 Room A  


Enhancing the Presentation | Joey Miskulin
Embellishments and music tricks to help enhance your playing.
  Wednesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room B  


Expression and Interpretation | Kim and Dan Christian
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.
  Tuesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room B  


Improving Your Technique | Mario Pedone
Different ways to improve your accordion skills and how to become a better player.
  Tuesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room D  
  Wednesday 3:00 – 3:50 Room B  
Introducing the Concerto | Gina Brannelli and Paul Pasquali
Come hear as we explore the sounds of the Concerto accordion!
  Wednesday 4:00 – 4:50 Room A  


Introducing the Concerto | Paul Pasquali
Hear from the inventor for yourself what the Concerto is about!
  Tuesday 3:10 – 4:00 Room A  


Learning Embellishments | Mario Pedone
Mario will show various types and ways you can embellish your music and how to sound like a pro!
  Thursday 10:00 – 10:50 Room B  
Making Money as an Accordionist | Nancy Leonard
This workshop will give you insight and knowledge with step-by-step information on how to make money with the accordion.
  Tuesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room A  
  Wednesday 4:00 – 4:50 Room B  


Master class | Kim and Dan Christian
  Tuesday 2:10 – 3:00 Room B  


Master class | Joey Miskulin
  Thursday 3:00 – 3:50 Room B  


Master class | Mario Pedone
  Wednesday 2:00 – 2:50 Room B  


Master Class | Alex Sevastian
  Wednesday 2:00 – 2:50 Room D  


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


Master class | Mike Zampiceni
  Thursday 2:00 – 2:50 Room A  


Master class for Soloists or Small Groups | Joan Sommers
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.
  Tuesday 2:10 – 3:00 Room D  


Movie – Accordions Rising! | Roberta Cantow
Accordions have returned, not only with amusement, but with a beautiful, eloquent, haunting, and downright exciting vengeance!
  Tuesday 12:45 – 2:00 Ballroom  


Music Notation I: A Review of Fundamentals of Music | Liz Finch
A review of symbols, signs, foreign expressions, articulations – how they are notated correctly and how they are played.
  Tuesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room D  
  Thursday 10:00 – 10:50 Room D  


Music Notation II: A look at the expansion of fundamental music notation into the 21st century | Liz Finch
An examination of newer devices used with modern music – how they are notated and how they are played.
  Wednesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room D  
  Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 Room D  


Music Theory | Gina Brannelli
The theory behind the Stradella bass system (bring notebook and pen).
  Tuesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room A  


Musician . . . or Magician? | Mary Tokarski
An interesting look into what we do as musicians, and how it turns experiences and events into magical times.
  Thursday 11:00 – 11:50 Room B  


Orchestra Rehearsal | Joan Sommers
  Tuesday 3:10 – 5:10 Room D  
  Wednesday 3:00 – 5:00 Room D  
  Thursday 3:00 – 5:00 Ballroom  


Play It Your Way | Joey Miskulin
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.
  Tuesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room B  


Prepare to Play in Public | Gina Brannelli
Taking to the stage, (etiquette, repertoire, dress, presentation).
  Thursday 10:00 – 10:50 Room A  


Questions about your Orchestra Music?  | Joan Sommers
Come see Professor Sommers before your first rehearsal and get your questions answered!
  Tuesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room D  


Selecting the Correct Repertoire | Gordon Kohl
It is important to select the appropriate repertoire for your engagements. Gordon will share his years of experience in how to satisfy your audiences.
  Tuesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  


The Accordion as a Professional Career | Alex Sevastian
Building a professional career as an accordion player in North America and different ways to promote oneself.
  Wednesday 10:00 – 10:50 Room D  


The Elements of Music | Mary Tokarski
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.
  Wednesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room B  


The Stradella Accordion Left Hand – Unlocking the Secret Harmonies | Gordon Kohl
The chord magic in its design. How to find those specialty chords – 6ths, other 7th chords and 9th chords will be shown and discussed.
  Tuesday 2:10 – 3:00 Room A  
  Wednesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  


Voicing – Acoustic and Electronic | Gordon Kohl
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.
  Thursday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  


Youth Master Class | Gina Brannelli and Mary Tokarski
Special Class for Scholarship Attendees.
  Wednesday 2:00 – 2:50 Room A  


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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 •