Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 2:30 PM - UMKC James C. Olson Performing Arts Center
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Pictures from the 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend of the UMKC Accordion Orchestra
Almost 100 UMKC Accordion Orchestra Alumni gathered for a celebration dinner
Pictured is Cathy Sommers Tiritoglu (daughter of Joan Cochran Sommers)
sharing memories of her invovlement with the Orchestra
Above left: Liz Finch (CA), Jeff Lisenby (TN) and Joan with her grandson Aaron
Above right: Joan with her husband Dr. Paul Sommers and daughter Cathy, and grandchildren Aaron (5) and Aydin (7)
Joan opening a gift from the Orchestra members, surrounded by alumni
Orchestra members representing five decades of the Orchestra
Joan recounting some of her memories of the 50 years of concerts with her beloved UMKC Accordion Orchestra
Above left: Kevin Friedrich, Joyce Davis, Jane Christison, Sherry Carroll and Cathy Sommers Tiritoglu
Above right: Kevin Friedrich and Joan Sommers
Some of the many alumni of the orchestra gathered for the celebration dinner.
Above left: Joan Sommers pictured with good friends Amo Jo and Keith Sawyer

Above right: Within the UMKC Orchestra are seven members of the
Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) Board of Directors
including: Liz Finch, Amy Jo Sawyer, Jeff Lisenby, Joan Sommers, Betty Jo Simon,
Kevin Friedrich and Michelle Boddicker Scheffler
Dress Rehearsal of the UMKC Accordion Orchestra for their 50th Annviersary Concert
Above and below: Joan Cochran Sommers rehearsing the orchestra prior to the concert
Above left: Kevin Friedrich, Ron Barrow, Sherry Carroll, Jeff Lisenby, Amy Hatfield, Amy Jo Sawyer and Cathy Tiritoglu
Above right: Joyce Davis, Liz Finch and Brian Steever
Above left: Phillip Hodges, Ed Blasco, Mickie Eichkorn, Cathy Sue Weiss, Bob Eichkorn, Karen Scovel,
Mary Ann Covone, Jackie Doyel, Donna Dee Ray and Michelle Boddicker Scheffler
Above right: Brian Steever (Percussion), Sherry Carroll, Joyce Davis, Samantha Jarquio, Liz Finch,
Ed Blasco, Phillip Hodges and Cahty Sue Weiss
Above left: Jeff Lisenby, Kevin Friedrich, Amy Jo Sawyer, Amy Hatfield, Betty Jo Simon, Cathy Tiritoglu and Ron Barrow
Above right: Percussionist Benjamin Shellhaas
Above left: Liz Finch (CA)
Above right: Joyce Davis (MO)
Above left: Mickey and Bob Eichkorn
Above right: Members of the Choirs during rehearsal
Above left: Kevin Friedrich, Ron Barrow and Betty Jo Simon
Above right: The orchestra reherasing with the Choirs for the Grand Finale 'Let There be Peace on Earth'
The 50th Anniversary Concert of the UMKC Accordion Orchestra
Above and Below: The UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra in Concert directed by Joan C. Sommers
The UMKC Accordion Orchestra with Suzanne Bouchard, Soprano
The UMKC Accordion Orchestra with six time French National Dance Champions Louis Bar and Laura Cantu
Above and below: The UMKC Accordion Orchestra plus Reunion Members
Featuring Choir from Lee's Summit, Dr. Verna Brummett, Director
And other singers (Christine Jarquio, Director and Organizer)

Additional Alumni Accordion Orchestra Members joining the two reunion Orchestra selections:
Sheilah McDowell (Nixa, MO), Judy Barrow (Leawood, KS), Jan Miller (Kansas City, MO),
Pam Lisenby (Nashville, TN), Nancy Ferguson (Kansas City, MO), Patty Rosey (Ottawa, KS),
Lou Le Brun (Springfield, MO) , Sharon Fox (Springfield, MO), Fr. Daniel Petsche, OSB (Conception, MO),
Charla Manica (Olathe, KS), Larry Manica (Olathe, KS), Melanie Mays (Monticello, FL),
Juha Silfverberg (Overland Park, KS), Mark Weston (Glencoe, IL)

Additional assisting choir members on the final piece:
Suzanne Bouchard (Overland Park, KS), Victoria Jarquio (Independence, MO), Nancy Officer (Kansas City, MO),
Whitney Foster (Kansas City, MO), Kathy Blasco (Lenexa, KS), Destynee Rivera (Independence, MO),
Samala Smith (Independence, MO), Molly Carroll (Independence, MO), Shannon Carroll (Independence, MO)


Joan C. Sommers, Director
UMKC Community Accordion Orchestra
2312 West 71 Terrace, Prairie Village, KS 66208-3322 USA

Phone: (913) 722-5625 or E-Mail: