Pre-show and Intermission Accordionist

Sheri Crawford on accordion at
The Jarvis Conservatory

Sheri has provided pre-concert and intermission entertainment at Jarvis since 2009. She met Maestro Richard Evans in a pit orchestra and he invited her to join him at the Conservatory. Before the pandemic arrived in early 2020, she had celebrated ten years performing as part of IAGNFS and is excited to be returning in 2022.

Starting at nine years old, she studied flute, and at eleven, she began accordion lessons followed by piano studies in high school and college. After she earned a Baccalaureate in Music History & Literature at San Francisco State and a Masters in humanities at Arizona State, she taught humanities at the college level for 25 years, and now devotes herself to performing, researching, transcribing, preserving, and publishing old Italian dances, and French bal musette and chanson. She also specializes in arranging music for voice and keyboard.

Her other musical activities have included participation as a member of various pit orchestras for operatic and theatrical productions and as a flute soloist with a community orchestra. As an accordionist she has performed as a member of various mandolin orchestras and ensembles in the bay area. For decades she performed as a member of the Caffè Trieste House Band and still directs the folk music ensemble on Saturday mornings at the North Beach espresso house. Since 2004, she has been music director for Zighi Baci, and her trio was a recipient of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s “Certificate of Honor” award. 

Sheri Crawford

Her extracurricular musical activities revolve around the Cotati Accordion Festival where she founded the student scholarship program in 2014. She serves as the Student Stage Coordinator and holds annual competitions for scholarships during the festival.

Her published music history books include “Mandolins, Like Salami” and “Mandolin Melodies” which cover the Italian dance repertoire in orchestras and small ensembles. “French Soirée” covers the accordion’s history in French chanson and bal musette. Her most recent publication is “Italian Mandolin Heroes in America,” a comprehensive examination of Italian American music publishers, their musicians and composers in Philadelphia, New York City, Providence, RI, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She traces the Italian mandolin music from the old villages to America and shows how the dances morphed into accordion sheet music in the San Francisco region.

She is currently completing her first digital book, a biography of Rudy Cipolla whose mandolin mentoring has included David Grisman and Mike Marshall, some of the world’s most popular mandolinists. Sheri is a member of the Classical Mandolin Society of America. 


Jarvis Conservatory is relaunching its popular first-Saturday-of-the-month concert series, celebrating songs and singers. Talented performers, along with music director and pianist, Frank Johnson, will appear before a warm and welcoming audience, on stage in the Conservatory's beautiful theater in Napa. Established and aspiring singers are INVITED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION. Soloists and small vocal ensembles selected to perform will enjoy appropriate opportunities to rehearse with the music director, and will receive a small honorarium.

Application Process
Professionals, students and talented amateurs interested in participating MUST fill out the online application. Each program can accommodate only seven or eight singers, and because the roster for each concert fills quickly, singers are encouraged to APPLY AS FAR IN ADVANCE AS THEY KNOW THEIR SCHEDULE, certainly not less than FOUR WEEKS PRIOR to each monthly event. Returning performers should fill out ALL QUESTIONS on the application, even if we have a previous application on file. Applicants MUST have PDF files of the musical scores of their two chosen pieces to attach to the application. A good photo headshot or publicity photo is required. (Applications will not send without these documents attached.)

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