Apprenticeships Merge: Dale Wise restores Flory Jagoda’s accordion

Flory plays her Flory Jagoda performed with her restored accordion after Dale Wise presented it to her on stage. Photo by Pat Jarrett/VFH Staff
Flory plays her Flory Jagoda performed with her restored accordion after Dale Wise presented it to her on stage. Photo by Pat Jarrett/VFH Staff

Flory Jagoda, a master artist of the Sephardic ballad tradition, escaped from Bosnia in 1941. Her only possession was her Hohner Student III accordion. More than seventy years later, Dale Wise, also a master artist in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, restored that same accordion. Daily Progress reporter David Maurer has the full story.

Flory’s Own Words

In 2009, Flory Jagoda recounted this train trip with Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman.