2022
JUDGES

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Private Coaching/Evaluation

with Beverley Fess and John Giuliani

Take advantage of this great opportunity to have a Private Lesson with two of the Northwest's highly respected accordionists/musicians/teachers.

For a very reasonable price, you can get valuable feedback which will enhance and supplement current practice and studies.

To register, go to the "Registration Form" under the "Competition" section.

 

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Kevin Solecki

Kevin was born and raised in Warren, Michigan.  He started taking accordion lessons at the age of 6. At the age of 17, he joined a nationally known polka band from Pennsylvania, the Polka Family Band.  After several extensive months of traveling the country with this band, Kevin decided to relocate to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he currently resides.

 

In 2005 Kevin recorded and released "Solecktions”, an album consisting of different styles of polka and waltz from around the world.  “Solecktions” was nominated for a Grammy Award during the 2005-2006 season.  Kevin has also released “Solecktive Sounds” and “Romantic Melodies”.


Solecki’s career highlights include performances on some of the world’s top cruise ships, a PBS Television documentary on the polka, a GRAMMY nomination for his debut album "Solecktions" followed by multiple visits to the GRAMMY Awards since, performances at some of the nation’s top Accordion Conventions, and a personal invitation from Harry Connick Jr. to help him perform at Pittsburgh’s historic Heinz Hall in June 2013.

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Sergei Teleshev

Classically trained at the Academy of Music in Voronezh, Russia, Sergei Teleshev has won many regional and international accordion competitions. He collaborates with many internationally recognized artists, ensembles, and orchestras, composing and arranging music, participates in recording projects of different genres.
Sergei’s personal YouTube channel (Sergei Teleshev) has more than two hundred music videos with his participation, and the most popular of them are gaining millions of views. Sergei is a jury member at International accordion competitions in Canada, USA, France, Italy, Russia and Ukraine.

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Barry Smith

Barry Smith is a performer, conductor, and composer who began studying both accordion and piano while in 1st grade. In 2000, Barry earned a BM in piano performance from Wheaton Conservatory of Music. He then moved to Kansas City, where he taught private music lessons at the Celebration Academy of the Arts until 2006. During this time Barry did post-graduate studies at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He accepted the position of Music Director at Oakwood Baptist Church in 2006, as well as the position of music program director for the Discovery Homeschool Academy in 2007, where he led classes and productions for 200 children. In 2012, Barry released a CD of original compositions entitled “Variations,” and also served as an adjunct professor at Longview College, teaching music history. Throughout his music career Barry has performed both as a soloist and in duos, on both the accordion and the piano. He, his wife Angel, and their three daughters currently reside in Spokane, WA, where he serves as the founding pastor for Connection Point Church.

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Richard Noel
Richard Noel is originally from Portland, Oregon, where he studied under Eileen Hagen, but has since lived in Bakersfield, California where he was a Professor of Psychology. He has built himself a reputation in the world of Roland digital accordions because he has taken the time on each instrument to develop extensive sets, user programs (UPGs), and various orchestrations that have become somewhat standard in the industry for these instruments (FR-1X, FR- 3X, FR-4X, FR-7X, and FR-8X). These sound files are created with taste and orchestrational sensitivity that makes them some of the most sought after sounds in the industry by a great percentage of V-accordion owners. Richard is also an excellent performer on these instruments, and has dozens of videos on YouTube demonstrating those sounds in some very creative and crafty arrangements.