Our annual Music Festival is a a competition for accordion students that are members of the AAC. Featuring a variety of classes and an adjudicator to come judge the hard work and talent of our community.

This year's festival will be held at

Killarney-Glengarry Community Hall

Calgary, AB

Day of admission - Cash only

$10 - per person

$25 - per family

or by donation



Own Choice - Music can be of any genre

Popular/Jazz - Music reflecting North America culture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Neither classical nor old-time music is accepted for performance in this class. 

Folk/Ethnic - Old-time and dance music of non-North American origin.

Virtuoso - Music must reflect Grade 8 or higher.

Accordion Duets - Music must be played by two accordions. 

Chamber Group - Three to six musicians with at least a three-part Harmony is required. 

Show Group - A group of at least three musicians, including at least one accordion. 

Accordion Ensemble - A group of at least 7 musicians with at least four-part harmonies.

Annual Music Festival

June 22, 2024

This Year's Adjudicator

Mary ross

Mary is delighted to be invited to Calgary for The Alberta Accordion Association Festival 22nd June 2024.

Calgary is her home town and the inspiration to play the accordion was due to highland dancing and love of Scottish Accordion music.

-Studied with Professional Calgary accordionist/instructor, Joyce Sutherland, for nine years which turned into a lifelong friendship.
-Auditioned as an accordionist 1969 at The University of Calgary, Music Department and was accepted into the Education faculty as Music major, graduating in 1972.

2003 Graduated with a Music Diploma (1st Instrument Accordion) at Camosun College, Victoria BC, studying with Jelena Milojevic.

Other accordionists to thank: Joe Spano (Seattle), Ernest Rilling (Vancouver) Alex Jappy (Scotland, Vancouver)

Music Career
Mary’s musical career has taken her to exciting destinations from Greenland to Austin Texas as well as Scotland, Canadian and USA destinations.

Music Specialties
Accordion Instructor since 1969

35 years accompanying Scottish Comedian entertainer George McDowall.

An accompanist for the Victoria Police Chorus ( since 2000).

Musician for Scottish Country Dancing, Feis Musician (for Irish dance competitions),German and Austrian Schuhplattler Dancers, Oktoberfest. Private engagements, and senior Resident performances.

Accordion Association

of CalgarY​