Pauline Oliveros and New Circle Five NEW!
Gabbanelli Accordions at NAMM Convention
Las Vegas International Accordion Festival
ATG Festival Orchestra at Disney's Epcot Center
ATAM Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Deiro Archive Gifted to CUNY
Historic Frosini CD
Accordion Music On-line
Accordionist Valarie Morris has work premiered

New Circle Five featuring Pauline Oliveros - Accordion
Accordionist Pauline Oliveros will be returning to "Tonic" in New York City for the fourth year in a row, on Friday, January 11, 2002 with the New Circle Five (Pauline Oliveros, accordion; Susie Ibarra, percussion; Monique Buzzarté, trombone; Rosi Hertlein, violin and vocals; and Kristin Norderval, soprano) to perform their unique blend of collective creative improvisations from dreams of a non-violent world.

The two shows will be at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM on January 11 at "Tonic" which is located at 107 Norfolk Street, New York, NY. Entry is $12.00 and for more information, please contact Melinda at (212) 358-7501 or e-mail:
NAMM Convention in Los Angeles
From January 17 - 20, 2002, the Anaheim Convention Center in Los Angeles will once again play host to thousands and thousands of music industry professionals from around the world.

Twice a year, the International Music Products Association hosts the NAMM Show, the premier trade show for the music industry. The NAMM Trade show features retail music store buyers, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, distributors and publishers of the music products industry, professional audio, sound and lighting companies and commercial recording studios

The International Music Products Association began a century ago as The National Association of Piano Dealers of America, when 52 piano retailers met to discuss industry issues. Early concerns included piano and piano roll merchants adjusting to the impact of newly introduced talking machines. As time passed, music instrument stores became the outlets for phonographs, 78-rpm records and radios as well. By 1919, with most piano merchants handling all music lines, the organization was renamed the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).

In recent years, NAMM has enjoyed unprecedented growth. With the globalization of the industry, overseas membership has expanded and NAMM’s worldwide influence has increased dramatically. Appropriately renamed NAMM – International Music Products Association, it is now the dominant organization of its kind, with outreach programs that impact the industry worldwide.

The NAMM Show will take place at:

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 765.8900

Among the many merchants at the NAMM show this year will be accordion manufacturer from Houston, Texas - Gabbanelli Accordions.

Innovation of design, the finest tonal qualities, and the thoughtful professional features of Gabbanelli Accordions are what distinguish them from the rest.

John Gabbanelli, owner of Gabbanelli Accordions, was brought into the trade at the age of twelve, learning and developing the craft under the guidance of his late father. John has also taught his son, Michael, the accordion trade. Both are respected for their skilled repairs, tuning and warranty work.

Gabbanelli Accordions & Imports, LLC is located in the heart of Houston, Texas, one of the most thriving commercial cities in America. After forty years of experience in the music industry, Gabbanelli Accordions has built a solid reputation for high quality handmade instruments and customer satisfaction. Their dedication to individualism allows for custom designs, special orders and any color finishes requested.

Phone: 1 800 244-0763
+1 (713) 728-9898
Fax: +1 (713) 728-9393

At the NAMM Show, Gabbanelli Accordions & Imports, LLC can be found at Booth 1007 Hall E

Also in attendance will be the Scandalli-Paolo Soprani from Castelfidardo, Italy. For information, please contact Mirco Patarini:

(The 2003 NAMM Show will be held from January 16 - 19, 2003)
Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

Following on the tremendous success of the Second Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, The Third Las Vegas International Accordion Convention will take place from June 23-26, 2002.

Last years convention was a great success by any standard. The convention attracted over 450 attendees from around the World including every province in Canada, 41 of the 50 United States, the UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, and even as far away as Australia. An accordion convention of international proportions!

The 2002 guests will include:

  • Myron Floren
  • Dick Contino
  • Art Van Damme
  • Anthony Galla-Rini
  • Frank Marocco
  • Peter Soave
  • Gina & Romany Rye
  • Mady Soave
  • plus many many more!!!

For full details, please visit or the soon to be opened website:

ATG Festival Orchestra to perform at Disney's Epcot
Imagine performing in a place so special that the memories last a lifetime! A place where fantasy castles of days gone by, and visions of days yet to come, decorate a make-believe "world" where dreams come true.

Well picture the 2002 ATG Festival Orchestra taking center stage for a moment in time and entertaining people from around the globe! The 2002 ATG Festival Orchestra has been invited to perform on June 29th, 2002 as part of Disney's Magic Music Days. Rehearsals will take place during the ATG Convention to be held at the Sheraton Safari near the entrance to the Disney Village.

The 2002 ATG Festival will perform under the direction of Myron Floren at the Future World West Stage, near the Imagination Pavilion at Innovations West in the Walt Disney Epcot Center.

This is a rare opportunity for the ATG Festival Orchestra participants to perform in the exciting atmosphere of the Walt Disney World Parks! Anyone interested in being a part of this performance can contact ATG President Joan Sommers at

In addition to this Disney performance, the ATG will also offer two International competitions including:

The Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical Accordion
First prize: US $1,500 - Second prize: US $500 - Third prize: US $250
These cash awards are in addition to other awards. The entry fee for this event is US $50 and is due with the entry form. In the case of some foreign entries, however, this may be paid upon arrival.

Competition requirements:
1. Age limits: Open to accordion soloists, age 32 years and younger on June 27, 2002. Official written proof of age is required.
2. Music requirements: All music must be played by memory. Three copies of all music must be handed to the judges before playing. The contest will be conducted in two sittings, (a) and (b), with the following music required:
(a) One complete original work for accordion. This must be a large concert work such as a Sonata, Suite or the equivalent one movement work. All movements of a work are required and immediate and automatic disqualification will result if this is not followed. There is no minimum/maximum time limit in this section.
(b) Own choice program consisting of a minimum of three (3) pieces of different styles and character with a playing time of twenty (20) minimum to thirty (30) maximum total minutes. Complete rules are shown on entry form!
3. Entry form: Must be received no later than May 10, 2002.

The Myron Floren International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
First prize: US $1,000 - Second prize: US $500 - Third prize: US $250
These cash awards are in addition to other awards. The entry fee for this event is US $50 and is due with the entry form. In the case of some foreign entries, however, this may be paid upon arrival.

Competition requirements:
1. Age limits: Open to accordion soloists, age 32 years and younger on June 27, 2002.
Official written proof of age is required.
2. Music requirements: All music must be played by memory. The contest will be
conducted in one sitting. Copies of the music for the judges are not required.
(a) Own Choice Program: The contestant will be required to present an own choice program consisting of a minimum of four (4) pieces of different styles and moods, for example: jazz, musette (no more than two musette types will be allowed), and virtuoso folk variations with a playing time of fifteen (15) minutes maximum. Entrant will be judged on musicianship, technique, stage presentation and entertainment values. Complete rules are shown on entry form!
3. Entry form: Must be received no later than May 10, 2002.

For your convenience, you may complete the entry forms on-line, view additional information on the 2002 guest artists and on-line registration at:

The ATG is a nonprofit organization devoted to the future development of the accordion, its teachers and players. It is now celebrating its 62nd year as such an organization. The annual festival moves from city to city each summer in order to attract and assist as many different accordionists as possible throughout the USA.

Please contact ATG President Joan Sommers for further information

ATAM Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Over 1200 contestants up to age 22, will take part in the 40th Anniversary New England Music Competition and Festival run by the ATAM. Past accordion champions are invited to attend this gala event which will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Newton, MA.

Beginning at 6:00PM on Friday April 5, the Championship Solo competition for Accordion, Guitar, Drum, and Piano will be held. A Battle of the Bands will take place in the ballroom beginning at 6:00PM. New England Cup Accordion Solos for ages 14,15,and 16 years and over will also be held.

Cash awards and trophies will be presented to the winners in these divisions. A cocktail reception will be held for ATAM members, judges, and past accordion champions.

On Saturday, April 6, solo, duet, ensemble and band competition will begin at 9:00AM and continue throughout the day for accordion, piano, guitar, drums, and voice competition. Presentation of Awards will begin at 4:00PM in the ballroom.
On Saturday at 7:00PM, an Awards dinner will be held in the ballroom. Tickets and proper dress are required for this event. Winners of the Championship Solo divisions will be announced, and former champions will be introduced. Entertainment will be by Dan and Kim Christian.

On Sunday, a Catholic Mass will be held in the ballroom at 7:00AM. Competition will resume following the Mass and continue throughout the day. Presentation of Awards will take place following the Festival Bands Division at approximately 4:00PM

Please contact Roger LaTulippe: e-mail:
phone number: 603/882-8940

University Gifted with Deiro Archives

The Center for the Study of Free Reed Instruments (CSFRI) at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) is the new home of The Guido Deiro Archive.

Donated by Guido Deiro's son, Count Guido Roberto Deiro, in March of 2001, the Deiro Archive includes recordings, letters, photos, program flyers, books, sheet music, scrapbooks and more.

This memorabilia of the careers of his father, Guido Deiro, and his uncle, Pietro Deiro, pioneering piano-accordionists in America. Part of the collection was passed to Count Deiro by his father (who died in 1950); the remainder was assembled by Count Deiro over a period of many years. The collection is divided into two parts, recordings and printed items.

For more information, please visit:

Historic Frosini CD
The Bay Area Accordion Club reports that a compact disc recording has been produced of Pietro Frosini at the peak of his career (circa 1920-1935)

A project of the Five Valley Accordion Association, the disc includes such favorites as Dizzy Fingers, Jolly Caballero, Symphonic March and others. CD's are $15.00 plus shipping.

Please contact:
Five Valley Accordion Association
PO Box 8321
Missoula, MT 59802
Telephone: (406) 728-5822
Music For Accordion - delivering via the Internet

The newly opened website sells and delivers your sheet music via the Internet:

  • sent to your computer
  • easy to purchase
  • secure credit card transaction
  • 24 hour delivery
  • no postage costs
The aim of is to empower accordion composers, arrangers and teachers to become their own publishers. wants to help musicians earn a real return from their skills of composition and arrangement. In doing so, aims to greatly increase the numbers of published original accordion compositions and accordion arrangements to enhance accordion culture and the enjoyment of listeners. aims to utilize modern technologies to provide music immediately and at good prices to accordionists.

For a limited time, is offering a "Free Typesetting Offer"

For a limited period only, is offering free typesetting for works up to seven pages of A4 or 8½" by 11" size.

To take advantage of this introductory offer, simply send via airmail, your composition along with your e-mail address so that we can inform you when its finished to:
PO Box 12, Vunisea

There is a maximum of 100 works to be typeset free with a maximum of five works free per composer or arranger.

Please visit for full details and examples of works that have already been published.

Accordionist to have work Premiered

The Sacramento Philharmonic will perform the World Premiere of "Symphony of Light and Shadows" by accordionist Valarie Morris during their 2002-2003 season. Maestro Michael Morgan will conduct.

A multi-instrumentalist, Valarie plays accordion (which she began at the age of 5), clarinet, saxophones (tenor, alto, and soprano), flute, and piano.

Ms. Morris performs on accordion for French, Italian, and international events as well as for corporate functions, parties, and other occasions. She also performs on her wind instruments with large and small groups.

Valarie Morris and guest artists are available to perform at corporate events, weddings, birthdays, receptions, holiday gatherings, parties, health care facilities, senior centers, art openings, school functions, and for other events.

For more info or to schedule a solo or group performance, send e-mail or call 510.222.8442.

For information, please contact