Portland, Oregon Area
Portland, Oregon Area
Alicia Baker has been a passionate musician since she sang her first solo at age 3. She began studying the piano at age 4, the accordion at age 6 and vocally at age 14. Alicia recently graduated from Oregon State University, and now holds a bachelor of arts degree in Music Education, Piano Performance, and Vocal Performance.
Alicia has found her most tangible success with the accordion. She has won several International competitions, including the Happy Hans award at the Kimberley International Old-Time Accordion Championships and the Leavenworth Open. Alicia also won 3rd place at the Coupe Mondiale accordion world championships in Victoria, BC in August 2013. In 2009, she won the privilege of representing the USA at the 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. Aside from 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, 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.
Vocally, Alicia thrived as an opera student all throughout college, as she discovered a new passion. Her college operatic performance experience included the role of “Queen of the Night” in OSU’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in April 2012, as well as multiple roles in various scenes throughout four terms of Opera Workshop at OSU. Alicia performed two solo vocal recitals in fulfillment of her vocal performance degree. In terms of awards, she was the vocal scholarship recipient of the Brookings Friends of Music Annual Scholarship Competition, in addition to winning the NATS competition for classical voice in her age division in 2012. More recently, Alicia was selected as a finalist in Classical Singer’s National Vocal Competition.
On the piano, Alicia performed two solo piano recitals in fulfillment of her piano performance degree, and accompanied many musicians and singing groups to fund her college education. She loves the art of collaborative piano, and will always enjoy working as an accompanist.