Welcome to the 60th Anniversary CIA Coupe Mondiale
co-hosted by the
Accordionists & Teachers Guild (ATG) / American Accordionists' Association (AAA)
in conjunction with the AAA/ATG Competition and Festival

13-18 August, 2007- Alexandria, VA (Washington DC)  USA


2007 Coupe Mondiale - Review of Monday, August 13, 2007
Watch live from the Kennedy Center fo the Performing Arts in Washington DC
Tuesday, August 14, 2007,     6:00 PM - USA East Coast Time
-Jerosh Accordion Orchestra (Canada), Maureen Jerosh, Director
-Akkordeonorchester Hof (Germany), Günther Zeilinger, Director

The concerts are held at 6:00 PM each night (US East Coast Time), and broadcast live around the world on the Internet at the time of the performance, as well as archived for viewing at anytime in the future.

A series of accordion concerts will be held at the Millennium Stage at the famed Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, during the 2007 CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships. The 'Performing Arts for Everyone' on the Millennium Stage program is designed to introduce the Kennedy Center, and make music available from a variety of artists from around the world to all, by providing a performance open to the public and free of charge 365 days a year.

Please visit the link below to view these exciting concerts as they happen.


Advancement and Development Committee Inaugural Meeting
The historical first meeting of the newly formed CIA Advancement and Development Committee including Joan C. Sommers (USA) as Vice Chairperson and Mirco Patarini (Italy) as Chairperson took place at the CIA Headquarters Hotel, the Holiday Inn in Alexandria, VA. This committee reports to the CIA Executive Committee and has already begun formulating proposals for the promotion and advancement of the accordion and the CIA and the various activities it carries out, as well as proposing potential additional members for the committee.
Welcoming Reception
The CIA Executive Committee and guests were hosted at a Welcoming Reception and Dinner as guests of Faithe Deffner, the AAA and the ATG.
2007 CIA Organizer Faithe Deffner and Mauro Greco, husband of the late Maddalena Belfiore.
Joan C. Sommers (USA), Vice Chair of the CIA Music Committee, Frederic Deschamps (France), Chairperson of the Music Committee and Kimmo Mattila (Finland) CIA General Secretary
Pam Lisenby, Joan Sommers and Jeff Lisenby (Pam and Jeff are former students of Joan Sommers)
Faithe Deffner and former CIA General Secretary Walter Maurer (Austria)
Faithe Deffner, Heather Masefield (New Zealand), Frank Busso Jr, Frank Busso and CIA President Kevin Friedrich.
Kimmo Mattila (Finland), Amber Masefield (New Zealand) and Mirco Patarini (Italy), Chairperson of the CIA Advancement and Development Committee.
AAA President Linda Soley Reed, Faithe Deffner and Carmelo Pino (former AAA President and composer of the 1969 CIA Coupe Mondiale Test Piece)
Walter Maurer and 2006 Coupe Mondiale organizer Lars Arnevig (Norway).
Happenings in Alexandria
Dale Wise repairs one of the contestant instruments that was damaged in transit from Croatia.
Members of the Organizing team Faithe Deffner, Kimmo Mattila, Harley Jones, and 2008 CIA Organizer Graham Laurie.
Magnificant banner to be displayed at the event.
North Shore Accordion Orchestra from Auckland, New Zealand (Lionel Reekie - conductor) rehearsing for their performances ahead.
Members of the Organization working behind the scenes, taking care of the many details.

Members of the New Zealand (Kiwi) Delegation standing under the poster advertising the 2009 Coupe Mondiale in Auckland, New Zealand. left to right accross page: Harley Jones (CIA Public Relations), newphew Grayson Masefield, CIA President Kevin Friedrich, NZ Delegate Heather Masefield, Amber Masefield, popular NZ entertainer Lionel Reekie, (next picture) Heather Masefield, Kevin Friedrich, Stephanie Poole (teacher of accordion at Auckland University), host Robyn Leersnyder (accordionist from Hamilton, New Zealand residing in Virginia, holding Alina Reekie), Elena Reekie, Lionel Reekie and Amber Masefield.

Team New Zealand is preparing to host the Coupe Mondiale in Auckland in August, 2009. With a large delegation of New Zealanders present in Washington, they were hosted for a "Kiwi" party to celebrate the hosting of the 2009 Coupe Mondiale.

2007 Coupe Mondiale co-sponsored by:
Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG)
Joan C. Sommers - President
2312 W. 71st Terrace
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Phone: 913-722-5625
American Accordionists’ Association (AAA)
Linda Soley Reed - President
152 Home Fair Drive
Fairfield, CT 06825
Phone: 203-335-2045; Fax: 203-335-2048

We invite you to join us at one of our future events:
 details to be announced shortly