Meet Patricia Bartell





[CEO, Educator & Artist]


Patricia Bartell’s accordion life began in rural Montana when she started taking lessons at the age of eight.  Originally from an orphanage in La Paz, Bolivia, Patricia went on to graduate from Whitworth University with a B.A. in Music Education and Accordion Performance.  She was the first student to graduate from Whitworth with this degree.  Since graduating, Patricia has continued to hone her artistry and skill.  She has studied under piano and accordion masters, such as Dr. Judith Schoepflin, Kendall Feeney, and Frederic Deschamps.  Her training and talent have lead to her successfully competing in international accordion competitions. Now she grooms students who have the potential and desire to compete on the world stage.

Patricia is recognized not only in North America, but internationally as an adjudicator, performer, and teacher.  

In 2012, Spokane, Washington, proudly hosted the Trophee Mondial world accordion championships.  This was the first time this event had ever been held in the United States, conducted by the World Trophy Accordion Organization with Patricia as the President.

Patricia has been teaching piano and accordion from her Spokane studio Able To Play Music since 2003. In the continual quest to improve her students' accordion skill levels, Patricia researches new techniques and methodologies from around the world to integrate into her curriculum.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she performs with Tango Volcado, an Argentine Tango Quartet; leads a young modernized accordion band, The Portatos; represents the U.S.A. as a judge for the Trophée Mondial of the World Confédération for the Accordion; has helped develop the Hohner Teacher Certified Simply Music Accordion Method; Owner and producer of one of the most comprehensive online accordion video education website,

It can be said that Patricia Bartell is a tireless, consummate ambassador for the accordion.

Courses by Patricia Bartell



Education & Activities

  • B.A. Music Education, Whitworth University - Spokane, WA USA
  • B.A. Accordion Performance, Whitworth University - Spokane, WA USA
  • Certified Simply Music Teacher


Owner/Teacher: Able To Play Music Academy
President: World Trophy Accordion Organization USA
Developer: Simply Music Accordion
Accordionist: Tango Volcado
Director: The Portatos | Modernized Accordion Band
Director: Vivace Accordion Orchestra
USA Adjudicator: Trophée Mondial
Hohner Endorsee & Artist



Accomplishments & Concerts

2000 - 1st Prize - Kimberly International Competition (Kimberley, B.C. CANADA) - Classical and Open

2000 - 1st Prize - Leavenworth International Competition (Leavenworth, USA) - Classical and Open

2007 - 3rd Prize - Maddalena Belfiore International Competition for Female Accordionists (Washington D.C. - U.S.A.) 

2009 - 3rd Prize - Castelfidardo International Competitions (Castelfidardo - ITALY) - Category H


January 1998 Patricia Bartell in Concert (Santa Cruz, BOLIVIA)

March 2000 Patricia Bartell in Concert (Monterey, MEXICO)

December 2000 "Parisian Nights" French Concert (Spokane, WA)

March 2003 – Established Able To Play Music, LLC (business)

August 2005 Patricia Bartell in Concert (Cebu, PHILLIPINES)

September 2008 USA Adjudicator for Trophée Mondial (Sarajevo, BOSNIA)


January 2009 - Concert with Hot Club of Spokane (Jazz)

September 2009 - Masterclasses with Frédéric Deschamps (Paris, FRANCE)

September 2009 - USA Adjudicator for Trophée Mondial (Albufeira, PORTUGAL)

October 2009 - Castelfidardo International Competitions (Castelfidardo, ITALY)


September 2010 - USA Adjudicator for Trophée Mondial (Vigo, SPAIN)

May 2010 - Masterclasses with Frédéric Deschamps (Paris, FRANCE)


January 2011 Patricia Bartell in Concert (Uganda, AFRICA)

March 2011 - Performance at NAA Festival, (Dallas, TX)

March 2011 - Masterclasses with Frédéric Deschamps (Spokane, WA)

April 2011 - Simply Music Conference (Sacramento, CA)

June 2011 - Tango Volcado Concerts (Spokane, WA)

June 2011 – The Portatos | Modernized Accordion Band Competition Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration (Leavenworth, WA)

August 2011 – The Portatos | Modernized Accordion Band Concert Private Birthday Celebration (Post Falls, WA)

September 2011 - USA Adjudicator for Trophée Mondial (Pineto, ITALY)

November 2011 – The Portatos | Modernized Accordion Band Concert Spokane Fall Folk Festival (Spokane, WA)

November 2011 – The Portatos | Modernized Accordion Band Concert KPBX Radio Live (Spokane, WA)

October 2011 - WOW Concert with Spokane Symphony (Spokane, WA)


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