Accompanists

Bill Berry

Bill Berry is from Bend, Oregon. He acquired degrees in business and music from Oregon State University then moved to San Diego where he worked in a recording studio for six years. During that time Berry produced dozens of demos for local artists and edited more than 2,000 radio programs. In 1990, he returned to Oregon and built a recording studio and duplicating plant in Wilsonville that produced millions of cassette tapes for Jenny Craig, Houghton-Mifflin, Barron’s, and others.

Berry also worked as the music and media director at a contemporary church in West Linn for 10 years where he edited custom video content for each week’s services. In 2008 he formed his own video production company, Berry MediaWorks, which produced marketing videos for software companies.

Berry plays tennis every morning and his hobbies include geography, live music and finding good restaurants. He has two grown children who are both involved in music and his very favorite thing is traveling the world with his wife and kids.

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Alicia Baker has been a passionate musician since early childhood.  She began studying the piano at age 4, the accordion at age 6 and vocally at age 14.  Alicia graduated from Oregon State University in 2013, and holds a bachelor of arts degree in Music Education, Piano Performance, and Vocal Performance. She currently is earning her Master’s in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at University of Colorado in Boulder.

Alicia has found her most tangible success with the accordion, having successfully competed in various competitions throughout the world.  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, including 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. Most recently, she has been playing and singing in wine bars, restaurants and coffee shops in Colorado focusing on her love of jazz and French music.

Vocally, Alicia continues her passion for opera and the classics at UC Boulder. She has held leads in Poulenc’s “Dialogue of the Carmelites” and Copland’s “The Tender Land. This coming year she will sing leading roles in Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.

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.

In addition to her three instruments, Alicia also discovered a passion for musical composition.  She has composed many solo accordion pieces, a few piano solo pieces, and two works for choir.  Alicia won the KRAFT composition competition held at OSU in 2011, and was honored to have her composition “The Unseen”, written for choir, cello, and piano, performed by the OSU Chamber Choir.  She plans to continue composing, and hopes to become a published composer someday.

Alicia has been following her dreams, which include promoting and sharing her love of accordion to younger generations, as well as performing on all of her instruments.  At UC Boulder, she continues to work part-time for Roland Corporation, where she enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of music with others.

Learn more about the Alicia and what she is up to at AliciaJoBaker.com