Yale Passes Away by Faithe Deffner
JEAN BAXTER YALE - November 11, 1919 - September 4, 2006,
or "Mrs. Yale," as she was affectionately known to thousands of
young musicians whom she taught over a 71-year career, passed away peacefully
at home at the age of 86. Melba's determination and consistent efforts were
basic characteristics tempered by her sincere warmth and dedication to those
with whom she worked.
Few women attended college in 1939 when Melba, the daughter of a professor,
earned her B.A. Degree in music from Kansas State Teachers' College (Kansas
State University). She studied and performed on the pipe organ and played
the string bass in the College Symphony. In addition, she earned a reputation
as a fine accordionist and was sought after to teach this instrument locally.
She became a staunch supporter of the accordion and loved its music throughout
In June of 1940
she married Oakley Yale. When they moved to Buffalo, New York, they formed
the Yale Accordion Duo and performed many engagements and concerts, beginning
what was a lifelong collaboration.
The family moved
to sunny California in 1953, where they founded the "Yale Accordion
Academy" in Inglewood. As their school grew in prominence and student
body, they introduced the world-famous "Yale Accordion Symphony"
which made six critically acclaimed concert tours to Europe.
professional achievements are very impressive. She was a life member of
Sigma Alpha Iota, Alpha Kappa Chapter (the national professional music fraternity
for women), a life member of the American Federation of Musician Union Local
47, a past president and a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization
(P.E.O. Sisterhood) for 62 years, and a former past president and a member
of Accordion Federation of North America (AFNA).
In 1990 her husband
Oakley passed away, followed by her son Darrell in 1997. Oakley Yale, Sr.
was a past president of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild (ATG) and the
Accordion Federation of North America.
Melba Yale leaves
behind sons Oakley, Jr. (wife Connie) and Paul (wife Anne), and daughters
Margo (husband Ron) and Melody (husband Dave) and daughter-in-law Irene
Yale, as well as eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a great-great
grandson. She will be remembered fondly by hundreds of students whose lives
she touched with the positive influence of music.
Marocco and Nick Ballarini Camp in Arizona
location and date of the 2007 Marocco-Ballarini Accordion Camp have just
been announced. The camp will take place in Mesa, Arizona (a suburb of
Phoenix) on January 24-28, 2007.
camp will feature daily orchestra rehearsals led by composer, performer,
and conductor, Frank Marocco. The orchestra will perform a public concert
on the last evening of the camp. There will also be workshops and nightly
performances and activities, which will be coordinated by accordionist
and band leader, Nick Ballarini.
Participation is limited to 50 players - there is no limit on non-players.
Registration closes on November 15, 2006. See complete details and registration
information at www.frankmarocco.com
for an Accordionist in California
Rick Hoglund is the musical director of
an off-Broadway musical call "Spitfire Grill" that calls for
a small Appalachian-style ensemble including an accordion to accompany
the seven actors in the show.
The show is being performed in Hemet California, between Riverside and
Palm Springs the show is currently looking for an accordionist. The part
is fully notated, no chord symbols, and does not call for improvisation.
It doesn't seem to be highly technical, but it requires a sensitive player
who is rhythmically accurate.
The budget for this job is $820.00 for 4 rehearsals and 5 shows in late
Anyone interested in this opportunity, please contact: Rick Hoglund at
951-652-6404, or e-mail email@example.com
Duo to Perform in Central Illinois
and Pat Landers, husband and wife for almost 34 years, have also been
a Celtic duo, "Donnybrook", for many years. While they usually
perform "seasonally" around St. Patrick's Day, if you are in
the area of Central Illinois on Saturday, October 14, their special brand
of authentic Celtic folk music can be heard 11 AM - 1 PM at the Lincoln
Memorial Gardens "Indian Summer Festival" on Lake Springfield.
Jay Landers started playing the piano accordion as a child and played
ever since. Unlike the many thousands of accordionists who took lessons
in the 1950's and '60's and have since stopped playing, Jay has never
put the accordion down.
He's had various combos over the years and has played just about every
occasion or venue you can think of from excursion boats to outdoor musical
theatre to festivals and county fairs; TV appearances while in his teens
on a local station in his hometown of Louisville, KY; weddings, banquets,
parties, theatre organ concerts...even a genuine Irish Wake!
The Celtic Duo 'Donnybrook' summarize their year so far as follows:
"This Year It Was a Blessing".
This year it was a particular blessing to have so many performing opportunities,
despite the violent weather that shook the Capital of Illinois.
"May the road rise to meet you..."
Jay, piano accordion, and his wife Pat, penny whistle and vocals, proceeded
with a full performance schedule in commemoration of St. Patrick's Day,
March 12 to 21.
"May the wind be always at your back.."
Two tornado's came through Springfield, IL, about 8:30 PM, March 12, and
again around 2:00 AM on March 13. The community's emergency warning sirens
began sounding at the stroke of 8:00 PM, just as "Donnybrook"
was finishing its 3 hour engagement. Within minutes much of Springfield
was without power, and the devastation was evident on the ride home.
"May the sun shine warm upon your
Well in advance of this history-making weather, these dates were set for
programs of traditional Irish and Scottish music:
- March 12 Island Bay Yacht
Club on Lake Springfield
- March 16 Mary Bryant
Home for the Blind and Bickford House (assisted living complex)
- March 17 The Dublin Pub,
Pleasant Hill Elementary School and Panther Creek Country Club
- March 23 Oak Terrace
- March 24 Vachel Lindsay
horrific F-2 tornado's with 120 mph winds that struck Springfield just
hours apart on March 12 and 13, created massive power outages, 4 days
of school closings, and over $100 million in property damage. One week
later a blizzard on March 21 dumped up to 9 inches of snow in Central
Illinois! Despite all of this, there was sufficient time for recovery
and people wanted a return to their normal routine and calendar of events.
"Donnybrook" was fortunate to fulfill all 8 of its Celtic performance
"May the rains fall soft upon your fields..."
The most impressionable audiences were the two school assemblies. The
exposure for two seldom-seen and less-understood instruments included
Pleasant Hill Elementary School (K-5; 250 students) and Vachel Lindsay
Elementary School (K-5; 500 students). The students stare at the accordion
and tin whistle and wonder where the music's coming from. The sounds don't
appear to match the instruments. It's hard for them to keep still during
unfamiliar tunes such as "Star of the County Down", "Kesh
Jig", "Strop the Razor" and "Give Me Your Hand".
The polka's, jigs, reels, slides and waltzes are infectious.
"And, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His
The folks with the most to contend with were the residents of the Mary
Bryant Home for the Blind. They stomped their feet while seated at their
tables, and clapped their hands with enthusiasm. Some got up and did impromptu
jigs. They commented after practicallly every piece...expressing appreciation
for the music and the varied rhythms.
For more information, please contact
Jay and Pat Landers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tribe Film Shown at the DC National Gallery of Art
much-acclaimed Stefan Schwieter film Accordion Tribe will be screened
at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, October 14 at 2:30 PM.
five highly individual musicians from different countries, the Accordion
Tribe consists of New York avant-gardist Guy Klucevsek (who plays with
John Zorn and Laurie Anderson); Slovenian punk rocker Bratko Bibic; classically
influenced Maria Kalaniemi from Finland; blind and self-taught Otto Lechner
from Germany; and rhapsodic Lars Hollmer from Sweden.
This film, which was released in spring
of 2005, instantly receiving three awards: Swiss Art TV - Best Film of
the Year, Swiss Film Prize - Best Documentary, and Wurzburg Film Festival
- Best Documentary.
The Accordion Tribe is determined to transform their instruments into
a power station of feelings. The film captures exciting sound landscapes
of trance-like intensity and follows their charismatic creators on their
journey through Europe and its rich musical inheritance, searching for
The Tribe screening at the National Gallery
heralds the forthcoming accordion extravaganza, the 2007 Coupe Mondiale
world accordion championships which will take place in the DC area, from
August 13 to 18, 2007, at the Holiday Inn in historic Alexandria, Virginia.
It will be followed by numerous accordion events to be announced in the
Accordion Festival in Texas
International Accordion Festival takes place from October 13th to 15th
in La Villita, San Antonio, Texas. Held in the Riverwalk area, three blocks
south of the Alamo, the festival includes concerts, workshops, open mic
sessions, in a casual beer garden setting. Musical styles include Celtic
to Zydeco, Conjunto to Musette, Klezmer to Cowboy, and much else in between.
This years guests include Flaco Jimenez, Joel Guzman, Sunny Sauceda,
Shirley Johnson, Corey Lil Pop Ledet, Joaquin Diaz (Puerto
Rico) and Shati, The Texana Dames, The Fabulous Shpielkehs, Poor Man's
Fortune, Peter Stan and Balkan Fantasia, Mingo Saldivar and the Gulf Coast
Playboys, the Gourds, Los DesperadoZ, Brian Marshall and the Texas Slavic
Playboys, and the Marian Pelka Trio, from Poland, Les Primitifs du Futur,
from France, Helen Xu and Zong Ti Lin, from China, and Renato Borghetti
(pictured above left), from Brazil.
For further information e-mail: email@example.com
or visit: www.internationalaccordionfestival.org
Schimmel Announces Fall Schedule
the successful 12th AAA Master Class and Concert Series (The Seminars)
and master classes, concerts and recordings at the Janacek Conservatory
in Ostrava, Czech Republic - Dr. William Schimmel resumes his fall schedule.
Here are some highlights:
- October 1, 2006
A Benefit Concert for CPR Awareness
featuring: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Mark O'Connor (violin), Ted Nash
(sax/reeds), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone/tuba), Bill Schimmel (accordion)
and others. Hosted by Yola Nash
Location: Tribeca Performing Arts Center - 199 Chambers Street, New
Time: 12:00 Noon
- October 19, 2006
Music In Love: The Metropolis Ensemble All About Love, by David Schiff
Il and Combatimento di Trancredi e Clorinda by Claudio Monteverdi. Both
works will feature Dr. Schimmel on accordion.
Location: Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts, 172 Norfolk
St., New York
Time: 8:00 PM
- 0ctober 28 - 29, 2006
A Musical Journey starring Vicki Phillips includes a performance by
Dr. Schimmel. A journey through postwar Europe by way of the songs by
Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour.
Location: Queens Center for the Performing Arts - Flushing, Queens
Time: 8:00 PM
- November 6, 2006
Strings Attached: Peter Sachon (cello) and Dr. Schimmel (accordion)
performance of Andrew Lippa's Venicia Variations for cello and accordion.
Location: Birdland - 315 W 44th Street, New York
Time: 7:00 PM
- November 13, 2006
In a China Shop by Liam Robinson. Composed for and performed by Dr.
William Schimmel (accordion).
Location: The Manhattan School of Music - 120 Claremont Ave., New
Time: 7:00 PM
- New Recording: projected release time
-Christmas Riders to the Sea - and opera by Marga Richter Leonarda Records
featuring Dr. Schimmel on concert accordion.
- New Cyber Symphony by Dr. Schimmel -
Vienna Genesis projected release time: Christmas. Will be available
for downloads only - on www.billschimmel.com
Prieto Trio at the Bacchus Room
Victor Prieto Trio will be performing on October 19th at 8 PM at The Bacchus
Room, 60 Second Ave., New York. Victor will be presenting some of his
Prieto plays accordion the way Toots Thielmans plays harmonica or
Dino Saluzzi plays bandoneon. He transcends the instrument and just plays
music. Budd Kopman, All About Jazz magazine.
The Victor Prieto Trio is: Victor Prieto, accordion; Carlo DeRosa, bass;
Allison Miller, drums.
For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Binelli Performances in New York
bandoneonist Daniel Binelli (pictured right), widely acclaimed as one
of the foremost exponents of the music of Astor Piazzolla will be performing
in the United States in November and December as follows:
- November 13th
The Binelli- Ferman Duo at the Museo del Barrio, New York
- November 20th
Binelli-Ferman duo with Jennifer Muller Dance Company, Museo del Barrio,
New York City
- November 25th
Binelli-Ferman Duo recital in Washington DC
- November 29th
The Binelli-Ferman- Isaac Trio at Merkin Hall, New York
- December 6th
Americas Society, New York, Piazzolla- Borges - Daniel Binelli
(bandoneon), Polly Ferman (piano), Eduardo Isaac (guitar) Marcelo Balsells
Albini Concerts in California
Accordionist and vocalist Steve Albini will
be appearing at the Madonna del Lume Celebration at Fisherman's Wharf
in San Francisco on October 1st. The celebration was brought to San Francisco
over sixty years ago by Sicilian immigrants, and the annual celebration
concludes with the blessing of the fishing fleet.
On October 6th Steve will be performing solo at the Columbus Day Civic
Celebration in San Rafael, California. This celebration is sponsored by
the Cristofo Colombo Club of Marin.
On October 15th the Steve Albini Trio will be headlining the North Bay
Italian Cultural Societys Festa Italiana in Santa Rosa, California.
The trio consists of Steve Albini on the Roland V-Accordion, the Concerto
digital/acoustic accordion, guitar and vocals, Dave Albini on MIDI and
acoustic accordions and trumpet, and Jim Lehmann on drums and percussion.
Steve Albini and friends will be performing November 17th and 18th in
Ciao Italia, a concert to benefit the Tomales High School Italian Exchange
Program. The performances will take place at the Tomales Historical Center
and Museum in Tomales, California.
For further information e-mail: email@example.com
Dance Theatre Honors Muslim Cultures
to popular demand, the Ethnic Dance Theatre repeats a show performed in
June that seeks to foster understanding and awareness of world cultures
through the re-creation and presentation of traditional ethnic dance and
The EDT Folk Orchestra, including accordionist Dee Langley, will collaborate
with guests from the Schubert Gamelan Ensemble during the production of
Ethnic Dance Theatres Beyond the Crescent Moon. This
show takes place on October 5th to 8th, 2006 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 PM); June 4th at 2 PM at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th
Ave. NE, Minneapolis.
For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Accordion Services Free at AWW
Internet is changing the way your customers are searching for services.
The days of lugging out a 12 lb. telephone book to find very limited and
outdated business information are coming to an end. People are still letting
their fingers do the walking, but they're doing it over a computer keyboard.
Below are some revealing facts from the Kelsey Group.
- 74% of US households use the Internet
as an information source when shopping.
- Approximately 45% of searches had a buying
- The percentage of respondents who used
yellow page directories decreased from 75% to 62%.
(If you have a printed yellow page ad, it
is time to consider buying a smaller ad and shifting your marketing dollars
to the Internet.) The off-line Yellow Pages see the writing on the wall
and are scrambling to transfer their business model to the Internet.
Businesses can no longer ignore these
facts. If you want to be successful, you must have a presence where your
customers are searching. Being found on the Internet is vital to the future
of your business.
Accordion Yellow Pages offers free of charge listing for all accordion
businesses, teachers and for every type of service for accordionists.
On the Accordion Yellow Pages site, you do not need to have a website
for accordionists find you and contact you.
search-accordion.com site is also free of charge, being a listing service
for every type of accordion service but you must have a website. Viewers
of search-accordion.com can click to your website.
popular is the AccordionLinks.com site where those accordion service providers
with a website, can attract accordionists free of charge to their website.
All it takes is a little effort, to make sure your information on these
three popular and very effective accordion sites is up to date. Your future
success may well be determined by your ability to effectively adapt to
the Internet. Should it be your New Year's resolution for 2006?
to the 59th Coupe Mondiale in Asker, Norway
The 59th CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion
Championships in Asker, Norway has attracted several attendees from the
United States who will be attending as Delegates and Contestants.
include CIA President Kevin Friedrich (New York), Vice President of the
Music Committee and ATG President Joan C. Sommers (Kansas City), AAA President
Linda Reed (Fairfield, CT), Delegate Faithe Deffner (New York) who is
also the 2007 60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale Coordinator, CIA Guest Sylvia
Prior (Los Angeles) as well as the two United States Contestants Sammy
Thomas (AAA - International Competition for Piano Accordion and Junior
Virtuoso Entertainment - pictured right) and Samantha Jarquio (ATG - Junior
Coupe Mondiale - pictured below).
first time the Coupe Mondiale has been held in Norway, this International
Competition and 116th General Assembly of Delegates has attracted almost
100 contestants from 30 countries, as well as approximately 70 delegates
and members of the International jury.
The festival will feature concerts, competitions and special events for
the attendees, as the Norwegian Accordion Association (Norske Trekkspilleres
Landsforbund - NTL), hosts the Coupe Mondiale for the first time while
celebrating its own 35th anniversary.
Readers who are interested in the event, can follow along online by visiting
during the event which will take place from October 18-22, 2006.
Meanwhile, we wish our US contestants Sammy Thomas and Samantha Jarquio
all the best in their preparations and a most successful competition in
their respective categories.
Tokarski Releases New Solo CD
has just released her first Solo CD entitled"Music With Mary... For
The CD is $17.00 (full details are
available on Mary's
website) which includes shipping and handling. Please make your check
or money order payable to Mary Tokarski, and send to the address listed
below. Be sure to include your mailing address, phone number and e-mail
address for return shipping purposes.
15 Maplewood Lane
Northford, CT 06472
Mary began her music career at 7 with
Michael Fernino of Ansonia, Connecticut, and performed and competed at
local, state and national events throughout early adulthood . . . amassing
over 185 trophies and awards, including two US Championship Titles, a
3rd place in the 1973 Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes
(CIA) Coupe Mondiale, and a 2nd place in that year's Coupe Mondiale Pop
In 1983, Mary founded Tokarski Music
Center, where she served as owner and Director of Music Education. Her
students have also compiled an impressive list of awards in competition.
teaching started at an early age (before finishing high school) . . .
and over the years has fine-tuned her teaching skills by taking all sorts
of music and education courses, and studied Early Childhood Education
through Kindermusik International at Princeton University and Boston University
at Lowell. She is currently a music teacher in the North Haven Department
of Education Early Childhood Development Program at Green Acres Elementary
School, where she teaches music for the 3 and 4 year old programs. Her
students have included many "special needs" children over the
years, and she developed a successful Kindermusik program at Tokarski
Holding memberships in the Music Teachers
National Association, the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association,
the New Haven Chapter of CSMTA, the North Haven Rotary Club, and the Arts
Council of Greater New Haven, Mary is a Board of Directors member for
the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) as well as the Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG).
A member of The "K" Trio,
Mary performs in concert throughout the United States and internationally
with her sister Julie and brother Walter. The trio performs a wide variety
of musical genres, and has been acclaimed as one of the world's finest
Mary is a "regular" on the
workshop circuit in the musical associations, and along with the members
of The "K" Trio, she regularly presents workshops on Precision
Ensemble Techniques, Technical Development and Virtuoso Performance Preparation.
Tracks on Mary's new CD include:
- 01. The Musical Party
with the Moravian Philharmonic - Petr Sumnik, Conductor Gary Daverne
- 02. Concerto in E, Rondo Pietro Deiro
- 03. Remembering A Legend: Charles Magnante
- 04. Gentilezza Mario Tacca
- 05. Pioneer Concerto Eugene Ettore
- 06. Dance of the Demon Holst/Desiderio
- 07. Three Songs Without Words - 1. Firelight
with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Kenneth Young, Conductor Gary
- 08. Three Songs Without Words - 2. The
with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Kenneth Young, Conductor Gary
- 09. Three Songs Without Words - 3. The
with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Kenneth Young, Conductor Gary
- 10. Flat the Fifth Frank Mucedola
- 11. Concerto in E flat Major, Excerpts
- 12. Mexican Carnival Daniel Desiderio
- 13. The Fox and The Hound
with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand) - Gary Daverne, Conductor
For further information, please contact
Mary at: Phone: (203) 484 5095 or e-mail: email@example.com
|Note: In order to provide
as much information as possible for the United States National Accordion
News stories, many different sources are often researched to gather additional
information and pictures to complement what has been submitted. This information
is then correlated to provide the news on www.accordionusa.com in the spirit
of which it is intended, which is to provide a free news service to the
Accordion Community, specifically in the United Sates. If you feel any copyright
has been violated please advise www.accordionusa.com and the article will
be removed immediately.