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Dr. Nina Wegmann


Honored as America’s Accordion Personality Of The Year 

The editorial board of the book “World’s Best Accordionists” (Published in December 2018) paid homage to Dr. Wegman, a distinguished professor of music and noted accordionist, here is an excerpt, “She is the most informed, the most educated, the most cultured, the most trained, the most titled, and the most authoritative figure of the accordion’s cosmos.” Dr. Nina Slyusar Wegmann is graduate of Vitebsk music college (class of Galina Pozharitskaya), Belorussian State Conservatory (Minsk, class of professor Nikolai Sevryukov) and Gnessins Academy of music post graduate courses (Moscow, class of professor Vyacheslav Semenov). 

Dr. Wegmann is a laureate of several international competitions: Klingental, Germany and Castelfidardo, Italy - in duet with Elena Zybo, diplomant of First International Accordion Competition in Moscow on 1990, in solo performance, and the winner in popular music category at A. Galla-Rini contest in San Antonio, Texas in 2001. 

Touring geography includes entire Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, Poland, Finland, USA, Italy, Germany, and others. From 1996 to present lives in Tampa, Florida. 

She is music director at Jesuit Tampa HS, and accordion professor at Saint Petersburg College on Florida. The department of accordion was opened 2 years ago, and it is one a few colleges in the United States where accordion is taught officially. 

Nina Slyusar Wegmann has PhD in music, earned at Gnessins Academy of Music, Moscow, in the field of accordion performance (technical and psychological area). 

She is a soloist of Florida Symphony Orchestra, who's stage experience includes parts in Anton Coppola Sacco and Vanzetti opera, solo performances in Die Fledermaus and Merry Widow operettas, Astor Piazzolla tangos and multiple accordion solo in symphony music. Nina Slyusar Wegmann also keeps strong connections with native town Vitebsk Philharmonic Orchestra and performs solo with it every year. 

Her husband, Robert Wegmann is local celebrity in popular music. Together they formed Wegmanns duo and perform weekly in Tampa Bay. Their duo (accordion and string bass) performs multi genres program, jazz, tango, musette, and more. 


ROSTER OF THE INDUCTEES INTO THE AMERICAN ACCORDION HALL OF FAME

AMERICA'S GREATS

UPDATE: INDUCTEES INTO THE AMERICAN ACCORDION HALL OF FAME; THE OFFICIAL ROSTER, OF THE FEDERATION OF AMERICAN MUSICIANS, SINGERS AND PERFORMING ARTISTS, INC. (FAMSPA). FEB. 2020

●AL Al Terzo
●ALEX MEIXNER
● Bruce Gassman

●Betty Jo SIMON  
Debra Kartz
Dee Langley
●DR.  Denise Koncelik, DMA
Donna Haines
Elena Fainshtein
●EMMANUEL GLASSER
● Eva Ybarra
●DR. Helmi Harrington PH. D.
●ILMAR KULJUS
● Jane Christison
● Jeff Lisenby, PROF.
●. Joan C. Sommers, PROF.
● Joanna Darrow
●JO ANN CASTLE
●JOE NATOLI
●JOSEPH MACEROLLO
●KEN Nicol
●KEVIN FRIEDRICH
● Kevin Solecki
Linda Ann Warren
●LINDA SOLEY REED
● Lorna Andersson
● Lou Coppola
●LOU JACKLICH
Lou LeBrun
●LYNN MARIE
●MICHAEL BRIDGE
● Mario Pedone, PROF.
●MARY TOKARSKI
●MURL ALLEN SANDERS
●DR. Nina Wegmann , PH.D
● Peter Di Bono
● Ron Smolen
Steve AlbiniI
Sergei Teleshev
●DR.  William Schimmel

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ACCORDION WORLD HALL OF FAME!!

ACCORDION WORLD HALL OF FAME!!
Yes indeed. Creating a hall of fame for accordionists is an honorable project. It originated some 12 months ago from a meeting of writers and editors at a weekly meeting of Stars Illustrated magazine in Manhattan in New York. Country music has its own hall of fame, R n R too, you name it and they have their own hall. So why not for accordionists. They deserve this honor. OK then. We are still working on the project and it will come to life as soon as the Editorial Board of the book “World’s Best Accordionists”, Stars Illustrated magazine, and FAMSPA (Federation of American Musicians, Singers and Performing Artists, Inc.) finalize the selection of the members of the committee of the Hall of Fame. Our peers are still in the process of contacting and talking to the great names of American Accordion, ranging from musicians and composers to industry decision makers. If you would like to nominate colleagues and peers to serve on the committee of Accordion World Hall of Fame, please, list their names right here on facebook, or email us at: info@famspa.org