ACCORDION TEACHERS IN THE DC AREA

Please note: This list is provided simply as a service; it is not an endorsement by WMAS.

   
Joe Blumka
Arlington, VA
(703) 447-3372
JoeBlumka@webtv.net
www.joeblumka.com
A native of Chicago, studied with jazz accordionist Leon Sash. Since the 1970s has played at various locations in Chicago and Washington, including the Chicago Stadium and the Kennedy Center. Also has performed in the opera "Naked Revolution," in community theater productions of "Fiddler" and "Zorba," and in concerts with the Reston Chamber Orchestra and the American Balalaika Symphony.
   
Manny Bobenrieth
Bobenrieth Music Studio
Potomac, MD
(301) 299-0950
mboben@msn.com
www.jazzconnect.com/
mannybobenrieth/info.htm

Born in Chile, began studying the accordion at age 5. Received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Catholic University. Has performed in many different musical contexts including Broadway musicals, Contemporary Music Forum and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Has appeared with jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd and can be heard on the soundtrack to the Discovery channel television series "The Great Chefs" as a guest artist with the Charlie Byrd Trio. Member of the U.S. Army Band, performing with the Army Strolling Strings at the White House, Vice President's residence, State Department and other official events. The Manny Bobenrieth Ensemble has performed at Blues Alley Jazz Club, the Argentine Embassy, the World Bank, and the Kennedy Center, among other venues. The group's "Tangata" CD (featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla) has received glowing reviews.
 
Frank Busso
Busso Music School
5712 General Washington Drive Suite H
Alexandria, VA 22312
703-941-9300
info@bussomusic.com
www.bussomusic.com



The Busso Music School offers lessons on a wide range of instruments, including accordion, piano, and a variety of brass and string instruments. Director Frank Busso, Jr. is a seasoned entertainer who currently serves as the accordionist with the Strolling Strings of the United States Air Force Band. Since 2001 he has been performing with his father and sister as part of The Busso Trio, an all-accordion ensemble. Mr. Busso is a skilled educator of all levels, from true beginner to advanced artist, and since 1995 has been an instructor at such institutions as the Staten Island Music School, the Busso Music School, and Boston University.

 

Peter DiGiovanni
(703) 242-2160
(703) 919-5701 (cell)
www.musicisforever.com
peter@musicisforever.com

Originally from New York, now lives in Oakton, VA. Has been playing piano since a small child, and accordion for the past 25 years. Affiliated with the Washington Balalaika Society, Russkiye Musikanti, the Metropolitan Washington Accordion Society, the Maryland Accordion Club, and the American Accordion Association. Has performed numerous times at parties and celebrations, grand openings, public and private concerts, and music clubs and festivals. Knows hundreds of songs by ear, covering music for all seasons and a wide range of genres, and is equally comfortable sitting or strolling, playing solo or accompanying singers, or jamming with other musicians. Instruction is available for students of all ages, either at his home in Oakton or at the student's home, and emphasizes ear training as well as traditional methods.
 
Silvia Eberly
5212 10th Place S
Arlington, VA 22204
eberly777@hotmail.com
(571) 241-0730
Originally from Vienna, Austria. Started learning accordion at age of five from her parents, who also played accordion. Studied accordion under Professor Walter Mauer from 1960 to 1965 in Vienna. Has performed for Volkstanz groups in Vienna and various concerts in Germany and Austria. Also has taught and performed the accordion in Northern Virgina and the Washington Metro area since 1993. Started Magic Mountain Entertainment in 2000. Teaches the piano accordion, diatonic (button box) and the chromatic button accordion. Offers lessons from her home in Arlington or in student's home.
 
John Giunta, MA
Vienna Woods Studios
Vienna, VA
(703) 281-5498
jpgiunta1211@aol.com
www.SpecialMind.com

Rev. John Giunta is an ordained Interfaith Minister and is available for all spiritual, secular and social events. He holds a Master of Arts degree on the classical guitar from George Mason University. John also attended Juilliard and the Mannes College of Music in New York City. In addition to the guitar, he plays and teaches the flute and accordion as well. John also teaches theory, ear training and a program of his own design: "Yoga For Musicians" (TM). He is an initiate of the Himalayan Institute, founded by Swami Rama and made his pilgrimage to India in 2001. His ordination was held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. Special learners are welcomed warmly in his studio. He has stage, recording, television, radio and touring experience.
 
Joan Grauman
Frederick, MD
(301) 806-5998
joangrauman@verizon.net
Joan specializes in European folk, classical and Jewish Klezmer music, and she enjoys giving workshops and programs on the versatility of the accordion. A pianist since the age of 6, Joan majored in music education and piano performance, switching to the accordion at age of 23 to play the Balkan music to which she danced. A performer and choreographer of ethnic (mainly Balkan) dance in her twenties, Joan then became the accordionist for the Balkan/Gypsy band “BAMCO” (1983 to 2001). In 2004, Joan toured the US with accordion duet partner Stella Allison, playing jazz, popular and classical music. The same year, Joan founded the popular “Potomac Accordion Ensemble” which she still directs, became the vice president of the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society, and also became the club’s music director. She continues to hold these positions in 2015. Joan and her husband Dan were the directors of the Frank Marocco/Mesa Accordion Event, an annual accordion orchestra camp, from 2006 to 2014. She has performed in accordion orchestras in the US, Canada, Italy and Austria, and was the accordionist at the National Gallery of Art for the world premiere of music for the silent films of Alice Guy Blache in 2012. Joan is on the governing board of the American Accordionists’ Association and is their historian.

 

Kraig B. Greff
Tonal Vision LLC
Video & Music Production
1607 Lancaster St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 675-0591
kraig@tonalvision.com
www.TonalVision.com

 
 
Koliu Kolev
(347) 200-1335
(301) 865-2159
koliukolev@yahoo.com
Teacher, performer, recording artist and former soloist with the orchestra "HORO" (Rousse, Bulgaria) and Bulgarian National Radio & TV
 

Barbara Lockett
419 Russell Avenue   Apt. 319
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 987 6323 barbaralockett76@gmail.com

 
   
Wendy Morrison
Silver Spring, MD
Lesson info: at (301) 270-9090 House of Musical Traditions
Performing, recording and teaching since 1978. Accomplished in various instrumental folk dance styles. Teaches piano accordion, concertina, five-string banjo, and pennywhistle.
 

Michael B. Rubin
170 Talbott St., Apt. 104
Rockville, MD 20854
(301) 294-2619 (home)
(240) 273-8349 (cell)

meng58musicdncr@yahoo.com

Solo and group performer specializing in Jewish music - Yiddish, Hebrew, and Klezmer. Also performs a variety of other types of music. Member of United Jewish Appeal Entertainment Group in NYC for seven years. Performer with several community theater groups in the DC metro area including Hexagon, Di Shpilers, NIH, and Potomac Community Theater. Member of Accordion Plus Band for 10 years. Faculty member of the Himmelfarb Mobile University. Graduate of the world-famous NYC H.S. of Music & Art and Performing Arts. First oboist with the New York University orchestra and Bronx Community Orchestra, with which he performed at Carnegie Hall. Performs a one-hour show of mostly sing-along at senior community centers and the like. Performer at parties and celebrations. Teaches accordion and piano privately and with the Accordions for Kids program.