Patricia Bartell


Patricia Bartell was born in La Paz, Bolivia. Patricia lived her first nearly five years in an orphanage before being adopted by a family in Montana. She is a graduate of Whitworth University with a B.A. in Music Education and Accordion Performance. Patricia teaches accordion and piano full time in Spokane, Washington and travels world-wide as an adjudicator, a HOHNER endorsee concert performer and teacher. Her passion is not only in teaching students but also training up new teachers and mentoring them. Ms. Bartell is a member of Tango Volcado (Argentine Tango Quartet), leads a radical young accordion band called, “The Portatos,” and is the USA adjudicator for the Trophée Mondial – a prestigious international accordion championship.

Having started the journey of music at the age of eight, Patricia excelled quickly and began teaching at the age of sixteen. During her senior year in high school, thanks to the encouragement of her band and choir teacher Alicia Lipscomb, she quickly found that playing and teaching music was what she wanted to pursue as a career. Patricia studied accordion in France under world-renowned teacher Frédéric Deschamps and studied piano with Dr. Judith Schoepflin of Whitworth University and Kendall Feeney of the Golandsky Institute; the preeminent center for the Taubman Technique Approach. Her performances; whether individual, ensemble, or with other classical artists both in the USA and Europe, continue to receive high reviews. She has performed in numerous international competitions, claiming many international titles.

Currently, Patricia is helping develop the new HOHNER Certified Simply Music Accordion Program. Simply Music is the largest playing-based music education institution in the world. Founded by Australian Educator, Neil Moore, Simply Music has grown into a worldwide organization dedicated to developing innovative programs, promising a world where everyone plays.


The HOHNER Fun Flash Piano is perfect for the styles of music I enjoy playing. I love the action of the keys, the sound and the strength of the bellows. The Fun Flash immediately responds to what I am wanting.

Patricia Bartell PLAYS