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Thursday Schedule

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Teaching the Accordion to Teens & Adults

Selecting appropriate curriculum to teach the adult student using music from the web as well as traditional resourses.

Liz Finch

Do you have an APP for that?

An overview of the many useful and fun apps that can be helpful in creating and improving your music experience. Find out what they are and how to use them.

Stas Venglevski

2018 New Releases by Stas

12 new compositions for the accordion.

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Preparing to Perform

If singing is a part of what you do, setting up devices that can be very useful and apps that make it so easy. Presentation and repertoire suggested for those intending to play on stage. The Do's and Don'ts of making the best impression on stage. Recommend pad and pen for notes.

Cory Pesaturo

Learning to Improvise

Cory is known to improvise everywhere on everything and anything.  Let him give you some pointers on how to start improvising over simple tunes, and simple chord changes, and as well, how to hear songs, and be able to play along with them even though you've never heard them.  There is a code to music just like computers!

Kim and Dan Christian

Practice Efficiently

Making the most of your practice time. Great technical exercises will be taught to improve your technique and advice as to how to pull things together to make the most out of your time.


11:00 – 11:50

Paul Betkin and Jerry Cigler

Practical Ideas and techniques for lead sheet enhancements

Paul with Jerry Cigler will share opinions and methodology on various ideas and techniques of the basic skills of jazz accordion performance and learning elements of what makes a great jazz accordionist. Scales, lead sheets and styles will be discussed.

Mary Tokarski

Dynamics . . . the High and the Low of it!

Music without dynamics is like eating without food!  Impossible!  Let’s explore the best ways for you to improve your dynamic control, and have great fun doing it too!  Bring your imagination – and your instrument, if you want to experience it first hand!

Kim and Dan Christian

Premiering Dan's newly available solo & duet arrangements

For the first time, Dan and Kim will have music available for several of the duets they play and several solo selections as well. Songs will be presented and the audience will be taught how to coax the special nuances out of the music!! Don't miss this opportunity to pick up some new music to add to your repertoire!


12:00 – Lunch

  • Main Entrée - Chef's Salad with Mixed Greens and Deli Meats & Cheeses
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Chef’s Salad with no meats, extra cheese
  • Dessert – Red Velvet Cake

Today's Lunch concert features Linda Warren and Pete Barbutti!

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50

Mary Tokarski

Master Class

Cory Pesaturo

Authenticity of Styles

Just because you know a Frank Marocco arrangement does not mean you know a lick about Jazz. Just because you play Nunzio's version of Under Paris Skies does not mean you know anything about French music. Playing a style takes years to understand, let alone master. Cory will take you through over 10 genres, and dive into the details of each, using just one simple song as an example all the way through. The song will transform in groove, ornaments, tempo, key, touch, feel, and many other aspects as it is put through the paces of each genre. By the end, you will have an idea of how to identify certain details in a style, apply them to your playing, and hence, make yourself sound more authentic.




3:00 – 5:00




Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

Meet in Ballroom!


  • Salad – Mixed Green Salad with assorted dressings
  • Main Entrée – Roast Prime Rib of Beef with au jus & horseradish cream sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Vegetables Wellington
  • Potato – Baked Potato with sour cream & whipped butter
  • Vegetables – Baby Carrots & Green Beans
  • Dessert – White Chocolate Cheese Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Doors open at 6:30 PM


Dinner begins at 7:00 PM


Tonight's concert features Grayson Masefield and the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra directed by Joan Sommers, and will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.


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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.

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