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.

Penny Sanborn is a classical accordion performer and educator from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Penny performs solo, in chamber music ensembles and with orchestra. She also teaches accordion lessons to accordionists of varying skill levels to improve musical skill and growth. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction, from the University of Calgary in both Composition and Performance, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Performance on classical accordion at the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts. She currently studies with distinguished classical accordionist Sir N. Antonio Peruch, and has been awarded grants from professional organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Her performance credits include the world-renowned Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Renée Fleming, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and appearances in Canada, Dubai and Europe.


Annual Music Festival

June 24, 2023


Penny Sanborn is offering a workshop on MUSICIANSHIP AND ENSEMBLE PLAYING.

This workshop offers ideas around the following topics:

  • Aiming for quality
  • Developing a beautiful sound/ signature sound (why would a client or audience choose you, instead of someone else)
  • Tuning in emotionally
  • Dynamics
  • Listening skills
  • Basic conducting
  • Eye contact/ physical cues/ motions
  • Rhythmic accuracy
  • Precision
  • Choosing the right collaborators

Whether you play solo, in a small ensemble or large ensemble, you can apply these skills to all areas of music making. All ages are welcome. No instruments are required at this workshop.

This Year's Adjudicator

Penny sanborn

Accordion Association

of CalgarY​

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


Lethbridge, AB

Day of admission - Cash only

$10 - per person

$25 - per family

or by donation

Masking is not required, but is greatly appreciated.