Honors Accordion Orchestra & Wurstfest Orchestra

We have been toying around with organizing an accordion orchestra here in Houston. AND NOW IS THE TIME!!!

The Society for the Performing Arts (of Houston) has asked me to organize a performance to be performed in the lobby of Jones Hall – prior to the Accordion Virtuosi’s performance on Nov. 14, 2015.

WHO WANTS TO BE A PART of our HOUSTON ACCORDION ORCHESTRA – and perform at Jones Hall, get free tickets to the show and a MEET & GREET with these fantastic musicians? I can have up to 12 accordionists! The Accordion Virtuosi has agreed to conduct a MASTER CLASS just for the Honors Accordion Retreat!!!!

If you are interested in performing with the Houston Accordion Orchestra – please let me know as soon as possible and I will email you your parts. We will plan to perform 3 standards and 3 German style (and one original by Stas Venglevski). All about level 2-3. I am picking lower level material because of the short time to prepare and the MAJOR OBLIGATION to SOUND GOOD. These performances will be IN THE PUBLIC – not like just an accordion convention environment!

Master Song List (will select from the best sounding!)

  1. Dark Eyes (Otche Tchornia) (Jones Hall)
  2. Schneewalzer duet (Snow Waltz) (Wurstfest)
  3. Metsäkukkia Duet Score ATG – Part 2 Finnish Waltz) (Wurstfest & Jones Hall)
    1. Metsäkukkia Duet Score ATG – Part 1 
  4. Sing a Song (Duet) (Carpenters) (Wurstfest & Jones Hall)
  5. Por Una Cabeza (Tango) (Jones Hall)
  6. who stole the Keishka? Ensemble score (Wurstfest)
  7. Hey Mann Polka (Wurstfest)
  8. Zaza Rumba (Jones Hall)
  9. Stas Original (Jones Hall)

Wurstfest Accordion Orchestra – There will be in reality – 2 orchestras! – One that will be smaller – that will perform at Jones Hall and the larger – that will perform at Wurstfest. (same songs!) If performing only at Jones Hall – no need to attend the Wurstfest rehearsal.

We already had plans to create a performing group to attend WURSTFEST in New Braunfels, TX on Sunday Nov. 15. – and do 2 – 20 min. performances that will include an ACCORDION FLASH MOB! SOO – Jones Hall accordionists PLUS EVERYONE ELSE – is invited to rehearse with us – and perform at WURSTFEST (with free admission).

Rehearsal Schedule -Participation in either or both Orchestras – $50

  • Thurs. Nov. 12 7:00 to 9pm – Stas Venglevski conducting
  • Fri. Nov. 13, 5:00 to 7:30 pm
  • Sat. – Orchestra Rehearsal 9 am – 2 pm
  • Sat. – 2 pm – leave for MASTER CLASS taught by Accordion Virtuossi – Jones Hall Performance and Concert
  • Sun. – 8am – bus leaves for Wurstfest (you can go with us even you don’t play!)
  • Sun. – 6pm – bus leaves for Houston by 9 pm

Accordion Blog Honors RetreatMake the trip to Houston – really a great time – on Thurs & Friday during the day – we will be conducting workshops – see this link for more details. Expand your stay to Monday ad Tues for more FUN!


  1. Everyone will have their accordions in their cases – and scattered in crowd
  2. Everyone will have a stool or chair with them (unless you want to stand for 1 song)
  3. One person will walk to the center of the area – open their case – and sit down and start playing
  4. 3 more will do the same next to the first. Then 3 more, then 3 more etc.
  5. We will play 1 song probably 10 times – and get audience to sing along
  6. This song should be memorized – if not – have your stand ready with music clipped to it.
  7. You will need your stand and stool or chair for when we perform anyway!

This is a PLAYING Accordion Retreat – BRING YOUR ACCORDION!

Hotel – near Hobby Airport – not near IAH (BUSH))

  • Four Points by Sheraton Houston Hobby Airport – 8720 Gulf Freeway · Houston, Texas, 77017 · Phone: 713-948-0800 · Hotel Reservations: 866-716-8133
  • Ask for Accordion Retreat – FIRST 10 People can ask for a FREE UPGRADE TO SUITE ROOM – $99 per night – which includes FREE HOT BREAKFAST for entire room daily.
  • FREE HOTEL AIRPORT SHUTTLE to and from HOBBY AIRPORT. (Out-of-Towners – for the Mon-Tues workshops – plan to arrive Sun PM and we can have you back to the airport for a 5:30 pm flight or after on Tues.)