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Joan Cochran Sommers


Joan Cochran Sommers

Guest Conductor

Professor Sommers has become an annual favorite.  What the Professor can do with just three short days of rehearsals is as miraculous as the sound she obtains from the orchestra - truly inspiring! Professor Sommers, Lifetime Acheivement Award (2010), Honorary Director (2004), Professor Emeritus, Joan has been honored numerous times by associations all over the world.  Maestra Sommers is returning to conduct the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra.  Professor Sommers established the only college-level accordion training program in the U.S. in Kansas City, at the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music in 1961. 

During Joan’s career she designed and taught courses in accordion orchestra, arranging, chamber music, literature, and accordion history, while giving private lessons.  She quickly became a full Professor and in 1988 was appointed Assistant Dean.  Additionally, she has taught and adjudicated in many countries and has held elective and appointed offices in both national and international accordion organizations. She has now retired from UMKC but continues to teach, something she loves to do.  

Joan is a talented arranger for the accordion orchestra and says it is constantly in her mind, making it difficult for her to just listen to music as background.  When she listens, she hears and analyzes the specific sounds, the techniques used, & the form of the composition.  In her words this is both a curse and a blessing.  Joan will be featured at the Thursday Gala Concert conducting the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra.

Performing: Orchestra Thursday Concert


First Lessons for Beginners
Joan Sommers has taught lots of beginners of all ages. She will demonstrate her ideas for teaching these important Lessons. Come see if you find something of interest to you and how you teach a first lesson.
  Wednesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room D  
For Members of the Accordion Orchestra
Come ask any of your questions about the music before the first rehearsal. Bring your music, but I will also have my scores available. If anything needs fixing, this would be a good time to do it. You can bring an accordion if you like.
  Tuesday 11:00 – 11:50 Room D  
Master Class
Master classes offer an easy manner in which all of us can learn from others. Come play a piece and receive a few comments on how to make your performance better or how to solve a problem you are having in learning this particular piece. Be sure to bring your music, whether you use it to play with or you are playing by memory.
  Wednesday 2:00 – 2:50 Room D  
Orchestra Rehearsal
  Tuesday 3:00 – 5:00 Room D  
  Wednesday 3:00 – 5:00 Room D  
  Thursday 3:00 – 5:00 Ballroom  

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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 •