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Wednesday Schedule

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Playing the Concerto Accordion

Playing an accordion with reeds – starting with a good accordion we add more voices stretching your ability and styles. The design is upgradeable providing long-term longevity. Great accordion with a walnut keyboard and bellows that breathe and add life to your performing. Best durability of electronics in the industry – the Concerto just works.

Liz Finch

From Handshake to screen – the evolution of music for film score

Beginning with the hiring of the composer, a description of the process of creating and recording the music for film – including film music of previous years and films in current release.

Mike Zampiceni

So You Want to Improvise?

Virtuoso accordionist, noted teacher, and clinician Michael Zampiceni will give his insights and recommendations about how to get started straying away from originally composed notes and revamping a piece or section of music with your own notes and rhythms, either as a rendition on the fly or as an arrangement you can develop for subsequent performance. Different types and styles of improvisation will be discussed, ranging from harmonic modifications to rhythmic alterations. A basic foundation of music theory is helpful for this workshop through at least an understanding of major and minor scales and 7th chords.


10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Let's Play the Accordion

Let me see if we can make a difference. Interactive discussion group, instruments available.

Mary Tokarski

The “Secret” to Great Practice

Finding the “secret” for the best possible practice in the shortest possible time frame is the adventure today.  Everyone has a favorite way to practice . . . we will explore all of them, and find the best ones for YOU! 

Paul Betkin & Jerry Cigler

What it is like studying with a legendary jazz accordionist

A PowerPoint presentation of what it is like studying with master accordionist Leon Sash. With Jerry's help we will cover how & what he taught me, and the close relationship we had, plus a demonstration of actual musical techniques, ideas, anecdotal stories, and his philosophies & wisdom.

11:00 – 11:50

John Kolbrich

Better Left Hand Bass on the Concerto

Playing tips and techniques

Grayson Masefield

Body Movements with the Accordion

How to use positive movements to improve technique, articulation, phrasing and memory.

Joan Sommers

Reading-Counting-Rhythm: Which Comes First?

Reading the correct notes or counting the correct rhythm? Why not both? Bring your instrument in if you wish to participate or come in and listen. We are going to sight read some music and do some counting together.

12:00 – Lunch


  • Salad – Fresh Greens with Sesame Dressing
  • Main Entrée – Teriyaki Chicken Breast
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Asian Stir-Fry Vegetables with noodles
  • Rice – Steamed
  • Vegetables – Stir Fried Vegetables
  • Dessert – Green Tea Cheesecake

Today's Lunch concert features lunch music with Gordon Kohl followed by the Honorary Conductors Panel

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50

Paul Pasquali & Gina Brannelli

Introduction to the Concerto


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.

Joan Sommers

Master Class

 If you wish to play a solo, please contact Joan before the class.  You must bring your music with you to the class.  It can be a completed solo ready for performance or one you are in the process of learning but ready to play; it does not have to be memorized.

3:00 – 3:50


Cory Pesaturo

Master Class

Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

4:00 – 4:50







Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

Dinner Buffet


  • Salad – German Potato Salad
  • Main Entrée – Choice of Chicken Schnitzel or Bratwurst & Sauerkraut
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Quiche
  • Vegetables – Cabbage
  • Dessert – German Chocolate Cake

Doors open at 6:30 PM


Dinner buffet begins at 7:00 PM


Tonight's concert features The Europa Trio and Stas Venglevski. It will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.


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