PERFORMING AT THE 2014 CAF
Alicia Baker is a 22 year old, self-professed music fanatic from Milwaukie, Oregon. She has been playing the accordion since the age of 6, as well as studying piano and voice. Recently graduated from Oregon State University, she holds a triple degree in Music Education, Piano Performance, and Vocal Performance.
Alicia has demonstrated a high level of accomplishment on the accordion. She has won several International competitions, including the prestigious Happy Hans award at the Kimberley International Old-Time Accordion Championships in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012. In addition, she won the privilege of representing the USA at the 2009 Roland International V-Accordion Competition in Rome. This turned out to be the beginning of her current relationship with Roland; one that continues to provide opportunities to share her love for the instrument as a Roland product specialist. Aside from the competitive events, Alicia has performed solo accordion concerts at many notable festivals. These include the American Accordion Association Convention, Cotati Accordion Festival, the Accordionists and Teachers Guild International Festival, KIOTAC, Leavenworth Old-Time Accordion Festival, and the NAMM show. In 2011, she was privileged to join the Corvallis symphony as the soloist for Nikolai Chaikin's Accordion Concerto in B-flat Major.
Alicia strives to play all genres of music well, showing the versatility of her abilities and of the instrument. Some of her favorite styles include french musettes, jazz, polkas, opera, pop, and techno.
As a recent college graduate, Alicia can now begin fulfilling her dreams, which include promoting and sharing her love of accordion to younger generations. She also plans to continue to perform both vocally and on the accordion whenever given that opportunity. She looks forward to a career in teaching later in life, but currently is excited at the thought of traveling the world and sharing her music, and she plans to do just that!