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Tuesday Schedule

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Finding & 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.

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.

Kim & 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!

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

The Accordion Basics

Methods used in my teaching facility, bellows, expression, fingering, instrument set up, straps, etc. helpful for those who intend teaching, or are self motivating. Recommend pad and pen for notes.

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.

Grayson Masefield

Preparing a song for the stage

Grayson will discuss the best ways to tear apart a song, then rehearse and assemble the song back together for the perfect performance.

11:00 – 11:50

John Kolbrich

Singing and Playing the Concerto

Tips and techniques to sing along with your playing.

Stas Venglevski

Study of the Left hand - how to improve technique on the left hand.  Both Stradella and free bass.

Stas will show fingering and exercises plus a few songs just for the left hand.

Joan Sommers

Questions/Answers for Members of the Orchestra

If you have a question about any of the orchestra music, please bring it in!  We did this last year and everyone found it helpful.  Bring your music and Joan will have her scores.  We can find the answers to your questions before the first rehearsal.

12:00 – Lunch

  • Salad – Caesar Salad with dressing on the side
  • Main Entrée – Traditional Meat Lasagna Smothered with Fresh Marinara Sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Vegetarian Lasagna Smothered with Marinara Sauce
  • Vegetables – Italian Vegetable Medley
  • Dessert – Peach Melba with Vanilla Ice Cream

Today's Lunch concert features Paul Betkin and Jerry Cigler with Ken Seifert and Rich Delabio

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50

Stas Venglevski

Master Class


Grayson Masefield

Master Class





3:00 – 3:50

Paul Pasquali & Gina Brannelli

Introduction to the Concerto





Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

4:00 – 5:00  



Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal



  • Salad – Lettuce Wedge with assorted dressings
  • Main Entrée – Salmon Fillet with Dill Sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Eggplant Parmesan
  • Potato – Pesto mashed potatoes
  • Vegetables – Grilled Asparagus
  • Dessert – Grand Marnier Cake

Doors open at 6:30 PM


Dinner begins at 7:00 PM


There will be strolling dinner music by Mike Zampiceni. Tonight's concert features Mary Tokarski and Cory Pesaturo. It will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.


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