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Accordren Youth Group “Ac-caroling” – 12/22/2019

The Accordren youth group was out spreading Christmas cheer at two locations yesterday – in front of Lokal and then at Sal’s. Our group attracted a variety of onlookers of different ages; from curious toddlers to reminiscing seniors whose first instrument was the accordion.
L-R: Sonara, Gianna, Michael, and Jim Rice (for support)

The College of William and Mary Russian Music Ensemble’s Winter Music Concert – Dec. 2, 2019

The Russian Music Ensemble from the College of William and Mary was a big hit that kicked off their concert series last night at the Ewell Recital Hall on campus. It was the Ensemble’s first performance conducted by Ms. Ina Yakubeika who also conducts our Accordion Renaissance Ensemble. At the end of the stellar performance, she was presented with lovely flower bouquets by both ensembles for her hard work and dedication.

Accordion Renaissance OKTOBERFEST 2019

Nestor Fester, rain or shine, this Oktoberfest ran just as fine!  Accordion Renaissance hosted a private gala Oktoberfest 2:30 to 5pm on Sunday, Oct. 20th at the Mercury Entertainment Center.  Music was  provided by the ACCA Shriner’s Sauerkrauts German Band.  Local accordionists played during the reception and intermission.  Fun and entertainment were had by all!

Accordion Renaissance Instrument Repair Workshop

On 19 October 2019 eight musicians attended a four-hour hands-on accordion repair workshop hosted by Accordion Renaissance in Williamsburg, Va. The workshop was taught by Dale Wise (60+ years experience) and Pat Racioppa (15 years experience).

July 4th, 2019 – Yorktown Independence Day Parade

It was a GRAND OL’ Day for a Yorktown parade! Members of the Accordion Renaissance Ensemble and Banjo Jack gleefully strutted their patriotic tunes with pride. We thank Miles and Ruth for joining us with humor and open arms. Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Five new musicians and counting!

Depicted from left to right are: Eliana Kraft (Hot Crossed Buns), Victor Nenov (Do, Re, Mi), Ivan Stepanov (Popcorn), Shawn Gurganus (The Army goes rolling along), and Christopher Lampitt (The Marine’s Hymn)  Well done, everyone!


Events in 2018

December 1st

Williamsburg Christmas Parade

9 a.m.


December 3rd

Ensemble Rehearsal

7-9 p.m.


December 15th

Christmas Caroling with Santa

Newtown Williamsburg

12-1 p.m.


December 16th

Ensemble Rehearsal

2-3 p.m.


Highlights of 2018


Williamsburg Area Music Teachers Fall Recital


Five Accordion Heroes led the way in the Williamsburg Area Music Teachers (WAMT) Fall Recital
at Ewell Hall, College of William & Mary on 18 November.
Seated, smiling and ready to play from left to right: Shawn Gurganus, Christopher Lampitt, Sonora Sherman, Ysabella Bylica, and Abby Hicks.  All are graduates of Dale Wise’s Accordion 4 Kids, USA introductory program. Shawn, Chris and Abby played selections from the Palmer Hughes books 1 and 2. Ysabella played “The Gaul”, the theme song from Last of the Mohicans. Sonora and Mr. Jim had fun playing The “Super Mario” theme song.
Sonora and Ysabella culminated the accordion portion of the recital with the duet “Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Polka.”  Each musician received an audience round of applause and a WAMT pin following their performance.
The students and teacher were all smiles knowing that all they can eat pizza and salad was waiting for them at Sal’s by Victor Restaurant.

Highlights of 2017

Music Scholarship and Performance

Did you know that Accordion Renaissance gave out scholarships?

Organization status changed by IRS 2 Dec 2016 from private foundation to public charity

Three new students completed AFK, USA and are continuing with lessons.

Williamsburg Concert 15 January.  Williamsburg Area Arts Commission sponsored concert at the Williamsburg Regional Library Theater.  A one-time $100 music scholarship was presented to three students

Virginia Beach Concert 21 May. The second Virginia Beach concert was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Recital participation 12 November – 6 youth students performed at the Williamsburg Area Music Teacher sponsored recital, Ewell Hall, College of William and Mary.

Music Education and Performance

Did you know that Accordion Renaissance offers training for young musicians?