Patricia Bartell holds a B.A. in Music Education and Performance. She teaches accordion and piano full time in Spokane Washington and travels worldwide as an adjudicator, professional performer and teacher.
She has studied with Dr. Judith Schoepflin of Whitworth University and Kendall Feeney of the Golandsky Institute; the preeminent center for the Taubman Technique Approach. She has also studied under world-renown accordion teacher Frederic Deschamps in France.
Her performances; whether individual, ensemble, or with other classical artists continue to receive high reviews. As a person who has performed in numerous international competitions, Patricia has claimed many championships, including the prestigious Kimberley and Leavenworth International Championships, and recently 3rd in Castelfidardo Italy (one of the prestigious world championship festivals for Accordion).
Currently Patricia is a member of Tango Vocaldo (Argentine Tango Quartet), leads a radical young accordion band called, “The Portatos,” was the 2012 organizer for the Trophée Mondial (World Championships for Accordion) that came to the U.S.A. for the first time. Ms. Bartell is also a certified teacher of Simply Music and is working with the Founder and C.E.O. of Simply Music in helping create a new teaching program for the accordion. Patricia can be contacted through her webpage: www.abletoplaymusic.com
Pianist and violist KENDALL FEENEY is well known in the Northwest for her solo and chamber music performances. She is a member of the piano faculty at Eastern Washington University and director of the EWU Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Ms. Feeney has performed throughout the United States and Asia and been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" A native of California, Ms. Feeney studied at the University of Southern California where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance.
She maintains private studios in Seattle, Spokane and Portland and is a sought after adjudicator and lecturer. She was awarded the 1997 Individual Artist of the Year by the Spokane ArtsCommission and is included in Who'sWho in America and Who's Who in American Women.
From 1991 to 2003, Feeney was Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Northwest concert series ZEPHYR: A New Design for Classical Music. She is a frequent guest artist at Chamber Music San Juans and the Bellingham Music Festival and performs and teaches at the annual Golandsky Institute at Princeton. She has served on the chamber music staff of the New College Festival in Sarasota, Florida and the Round Top Festival Institute in Texas.