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Gordon Kohl


Gordon Kohl

Honorary Director

Gordon Kohl’s accordion passion began at age 7. As a teenager, he was already teaching. By age 20, he started his own accordion, piano and organ school while he earned a degree in marine biology.

His playing credentials would fill an entire page. He has made TV commercials, video tracks for projects such as the AIDS Foundation, and radio and TV shows, including work with Shirley Jones, Andy Griffith, and the KPBS Radio Ethnic Hour. He maintains a busy schedule performing around San Diego and at Oktoberfests in the mountains. He has developed a special expertise on the digital accordion, and he conducts acoustic and electronic workshops.

What Gordon really enjoys is teaching. The contact with his students helps him stay in tune with changing trends in music education. Folks relatively new to the accordion these days, he says, want to study a variety of musical styles. Gordon states, “Teaching requires the teacher to learn along with the students, exploring ideas of what the accordion left hand can do to add harmony and rhythm to today’s musical dance styles, challenging both the student and the teacher.”

Gordon has a variety of original accordion publications. Several books of music written by Gordon and CD’s of his music reflect his diverse interests. The books include Austrian (Alpine) Selections, Accordion Artistry, which covers beginning harmony, scales and improvisation, and Original Solos, which includes a variety of music.

He also has available learning tapes and teaching materials, some of which he uses in workshops. Gordon is a competent, skilled, dedicated, “multi-cultural” accordionist. Gordon teaches each morning and will be featured during lunch on Wednesday.

Performing: Wednesday Lunch and Dance music before Wednesday Evening Concert


Finding and Keeping Gigs
The ability to get gigs, keep them and find new ones. Repertoire – working on a song list that allows you to find new jobs.
  Thursday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  
Playing French Café Background & Dance Music.
Music styles – musette – reed switches and registrations that one would use. Rhythm and song styles for the five tempos of French waltzes and tango waltzes. Ornaments to use and how to use them in the correct places, especially for dance music, so that one does not interrupt the dancer.
  Tuesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  
  Tuesday 2:00 – 2:50 Room A  
Playing the Concerto Accordion
Starting with a good acoustic accordion we add digital enhancements stretching your ability and styles. The design is upgradeable providing long-term longevity. Great accordion with a walnut keyboard and bellows that breath and add life to your performing. Best durability of electronics in the industry – the Concerto just works.
  Wednesday 9:00 – 9:50 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 •