Daily Reports from the 68th ATG Annual Festival - Nashville, TN


"I am a member of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International because it is an organization that brings together a wonderful and varied group of people devoted to excellence in both performance and pedagogy of the accordion to share their accomplishments and encourage all of us to a higher standard of musicianship."

Elizabeth Finch,Member of the Board of Directors of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG)

"There are many reasons why I belong to the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International. I suspect one of the strongest reasons is that I feel a great debt of personal gratitude to the educational opportunities it has afforded me throughout my lifetime, beginning with my first attendance at an ATG Workshop and Concert at the age of 16 while studying with Anthony Galla-Rini in a Master Class in New York City. Later it allowed me the opportunity to travel to Great Britain and Switzerland as its representative in the Coupe Mondiale, where I heard accordion playing that I never imagined possible and met accordionists, young and old, students and professionals, from all parts of the globe. It kindled my lifelong interest in teaching, conducting, performing and persuading others to share my passion for music and the accordion. I am truly thankful for the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International, and the enduring goals its past leadership helped foster in all future generations of American accordionists."

Joan Cochran Sommers, President of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG)

Former Fred Waring accordionist Donna Dee Ray
ATG Executive Secretary Joanna Arnold-Darrow
performing at the ATG Farewell Breakfast

Recipient of the ATG President's Award for his service to the ATG
Stanley Darrow - ATG Historian
Amy Jo and Keith Sawyer, Kevin Friedrich,
Mardy Eisloeffel, Charles Weyhaupt
with Joanna and Stanley Darrow
Liz Finch
Donna Dee Ray and
Esti Fernandez
Joanna and Stanley Darrow and Kevin Friedrich
Attendees at the Farewell Breakfast
ATG President Joan Sommers bidding farewell to members and guests and presenting some souvenir items to the International Guest Artist - Alexander Shirunov, Russia.

The ATG Thanks the following Advertisers for their support of the 2008 Festival:

  • Accordions International
  • Accordions Worldwide
  • American Accordionists' Association (AAA)
  • Deffner Publications
  • Hohner Accordions (USA)
  • Las Vegas International Accordion Convention
  • Pancordion
  • Petosa Accordions
  • Pigini Accordions (USA)
  • Roland Accordions (USA)
  • Titano Accordions International

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