William Schimmel 2020 AAA Annual Master Class and Concert Series Online Presentation - USA

William SchimmelThe American Accordionists' Association (AAA) will present a 2020 Master Class & Concert Series with Dr William Schimmel, moderator and curator from July 31st to August 2nd, 2020.

For the first time, this event will be presented online and will consist of 2 one-hour segments each day:
1st hour (3pm): Master Class - Talks/Workshops
2nd hour (4pm): Concert/Performances.

Please provide your email address so we can provide directions on “how to tune in.”

Download flier: 2020AAAMasterClass.pdf
Purchase your tickets online at: AAA Shopping Cart


Frankfurt Musikmesse New Shorter Event in October 2021 – Germany

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Musikmesse have announced details of their 2021 event, which will run concurrently with the Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) Creative Hub “The Arts” from October 22nd to 24th, 2021. Both shows will remain independent events.


CNIMA International Accordion School Events - France

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CNIMA directed by Nathalie Boucheix and Jacques Mornet offers a full year of training and workshops (on site or online) for professionals and amateurs. CNIMA is located in the heart of France in the beautiful volcano authentic region of Auvergne.

Upcoming summer workshops are:

Acccordion technique with Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix
July 13th – 18th 2020
July 20th – 25th 2020
July 27th - August 1st 2020
August 3rd – 8th 2020

Accordion repertoire:
July 20th -24th 2020 - Celtic music with Alain Pennec
August 3rd – 7th 2020 - Music of Franck Angélis, with Franck Angelis
August 3rd – 7th 2020 - Music of Claude Thomain, with Claude Thomain


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ATG Announces 2021 Festival in Lisle, Illinois – USA

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Mary Ann CovoneThe Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) have announced that their 2021 festival will be held at the Hyatt in Lisle, Illinois from July 21st to 25th, 2021. Further details on the event which includes concerts, exhibits, workshops and competitions will be announced soon.

The new ATG board of directors includes President Mary Ann Covone (picture right), First Vice President: Liz Finch, Second Vice President: Beverley Fess, Treasurer: Kenn Baert, Executive Secretary: Esther Lanting and board members Joanna Darrow, Donna Dee Ray, Kevin Friedrich, Dr. Helmi Harrington, Gordon Kohl, Karen Lee, Joe Natoli, Cory Pesaturo, Amy Jo Sawyer, Betty Jo Simon, Joan Cochran Sommers and Stas Venglevski.


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Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

AAA Archivist Joan Grauman Articles All Listed On AAA Site - USA

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Joan GraumanJoan Grauman became the archivist for the AAA in 2008. She has been writing articles on the association’s history and on its members ever since.

Many of Joan’s articles were featured in festival journals and online in the Accordion USA News. All these articles are now listed on one page on the AAA site at:
AAA Archival Information

The articles with titles in red are accessible now, and the others will be linked shortly. Many can also be downloaded and printed as PDFs.

These 26 articles with more coming, are an invaluable part of the history of accordion in the USA. Appointing an Archivist to maintain their accordion history is an idea that associations around the world could consider valuable.


New and Updated Sites

_Le vieil accordéon - Un hommage à Ilmar Kuljus pour son 90ième anniversaire - USA

Ilmar KuljusVidéo: “Northwest Profiles: Accordion Icon” est utilisé avec la permission de KSPS PBS, Spokane, Washington USA. Publié le 31 mars 2016.

Fondateur: Mon cher ami Grauman a écrit: "J’ai reçu un email de Susan Graham, femme de Limar Kuljus. Je ne sais pas si vous connaissez Limar


Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand Site updated

AEBThe Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand (AEBNZ) has updated its website with the 2020 examination dates and 2020 entry fees and entry forms.


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