Joseph Macerollo is a consummate musician, performer, educator and organizer. As an educator, he pioneered the acceptance of the accordion at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and at Queen's University in Kingston.- He has lectured, given workshops, written articles and reviews of concerts and taught history of music, analysis, and the interpretation of contemporary music courses. As an administrator, he served on the board of directors of New Music Concerts, Pro Arte Orchestra and The Classical Accordion Society of Canada Inc., as well as the Canadian Music Centre (Ontario Region), Mississauga Music Council, Mississauga Civic Centre Opera, Guelph Performing Arts Centre. He is a founding member of the International Accordion Society headquartered in Finland. As an organizer the realization of an International Accordion Celebration March 26 - April 4, 1993 represented his ultimate achievement, a masterful integration of the classical accordion into the musical life of Toronto. Previous organizational accomplishments include LUMINA Project 1989, Soundscape Canada 1981, and the International Accordion Symposium 1975. In 1997, he produced R.Murray Schafer's Princess of the Stars at Wildcat Lake, Haliburton. 

He has won numerous awards and citations, has represented Canada in two world accordion championships, received the Guelph Civic Ring, and was named Mississauga Musician of the Year in 1987. 

As a performer, he has appeared with major orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony,. McGill Chamber Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, such major ensembles as Nexus Percussion Ensemble, Orford String Quartet, Purcell String Quartet and countless ensembles of variable combinations. He has concertized extensively throughout North America and has traveled and toured most major capitals of Europe. He returned from Australia recently and has now joined the Quartetto Gelato in which he will perform on 85 concert engagements throughout the United States in the next 8 months. 

He has commissioned countless works of Canadian composers ranging in a style from traditional to theatrical he has gained as a performer respect for the instrument in all venues. Clearly, he is close to the pulse of the arts in Canada. 


His textbook, The Accordion Resource Manual, stands as a marvelous achievement of methodology and scholarship and widely used internationally.

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