LORNA ANDERSSON BIO
Lorna Andersson started playing the piano accordion at age 9, studying at Tone's, then Neronde Studios in Sacramento, CA, later teaching there, saving the $1200 needed to purchase the Italian-made accordion that she still plays to this day. She comes from a musical Swedish family, where father David and mother Vera made sure that Lorna had accordion lessons in spite of the family having limited income. She was Miss Sacramento County and Maid of California in 1956, and Miss Sacramento and Miss California in 1957. She placed third runner-up in the 1957 Miss America Contest, where she performed "Dark Eyes" on her accordion. As third runner-up, Lorna made an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and was the 1957 "Fighting Lady" for the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, where she played her accordion for 3000 men. She was featured in the 1958 Rose Bowl Parade and emceed and judged numerous beauty pageants as Miss California.
In addition, Lorna has been in national television commercials and magazines for Swanson Foods, Knorr Food Products, and Hyundai, and has been an extra for movies and TV programs. She has performed in local theatre in VA and NC. While working for the Georgetown Modeling Agency, Lorna has modeled for Nordstroms, Macys, and Lord & Taylor. She has an MS degree in Special Education, which gave her a 24 year career as a classroom and special education teacher and an education administrator and director. After her teaching career, Lorna worked in resort real estate and property management in Pinehurst, NC for 11 years.
Lorna has an eternal passion for her instrument and continues to perform today, both as a solo artist and also as the leader of her ethnic polka band, The Polka Dots. Lorna says it best, "The songs that you hear on this recording are meant for the piano accordion. I'm really honored to perform them for you as a tribute to the fine accordionists in America who have brought the gift of accordion music into our hearts and our homes."