Here's the latest update of 2019

April 23, 2019


Dear LIAC Friends,

We are looking forward to seeing you at another amazing LIAC festival.


Competition: For all of you who play the accordion or have students who play, PLEASE check out the website under the Competition tab. This event is not just a competition; it is also a chance to perform on the Festhalle stage and be heard by our stellar judges and audience. The Artistry category is non-competitive but still gives the same incentive to strive for excellence in playing. Please check it out.


Website: There are some technical issues with the website. Make sure when using the navigation bar at the top of the page, that you have the scroll bar on the right, all the way to the top. There is a compatibility problem with Windows. The problem is being worked on.


Gazebo: The gazebo sign-up sheet is filling fast. We will also have playing at the Gingerbread Factory so please contact Doris Osgood for further information.


Donations: We always appreciate donations for the Bursary fund for young players. Your donations and attendance at LIAC are so much appreciated.


Volunteering: This is a fun activity and an easy way to meet people besides being so important to the festival’s success. See the tab Overview/Volunteer Signup.


See you soon….Bonnie and the hard-working committee


Jan 30, 2019


The website is currently being updated for 2019 and is about 70% complete. There is some valuable information available if you want to have a better understanding of how to get the most from LIAC.


NOTE: Big additions and changes are being made to the Competition. See the Competition page for details.


On the Home Page read the letter under:


On the Sponsors Page read the letter under:
Click Here for a copy of the letter sent to the Accordion Clubs by Doris Osgood.


For those of you participating in the Gazebo Ensemble, there is important information on performing opportunities and the playlist for 2019. See the information under:

Performances/Gazebo Schedule


Note: The ticket order form, The gazebo sign-up sheet, the Grange schedule, and Workshop schedule will be ready in a few weeks.



LIAC 2019 will be another great event with the celebration of our 26th year!!!!


First of all, thank you so much for your interest in the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration (LIAC). This festival is put on by volunteers and without your interest and support there will be no accordion festival like this in the Pacific Northwest.


Second, we are currently updating the website so it will be a few weeks before all information is out there..


We will continue with the format utilizing the Festhalle, Gazebo, and Grange with concerts, workshops, sign-up sheets for performing, vendors, and our special accordion competition.


All our evening concerts will be top-quality as usual. See details of these performances on our Performers page. Schedule not yet finalized


Our Thursday concerts will have:

Celebration of the Combos

                        Jangles (Western)

                        En Canto (Brazillian)


Our Friday concerts will have:

Celebrate the Orchestra and Soloist

                        Performance by 2018 LIAC Open winner-Emmanuel Gasser

                        Northwest Accordionaires

                        Gary Blair


Our Saturday concerts will have:

Celebrate the Orchestra and Soloist

                        Performance by current winner of Leavenworth Open

                        The Spokane Ensemble

                        Alex Meixner


Music and Dancing LIAC Dance Band         


LIAC will be held on June 20 – 23, 2019. This will be LIAC number 26 and the 10th year the Northwest Accordion Society has produced the festival.  The first nine years were very successful and we will continue to fine-tune events to make LIAC 2019 live up to our high standards.


The LIAC committee is pleased to announce that the bursary program will continue.  To that end, we must raise money specifically for that purpose.  It has been a goal of the accordion celebration to encourage and support accordionists, particularly young accordion students.  Please consider donating money for the bursary program; it’s an investment in the future of the accordion in our region.


To donate, please go to the Home page of our website:


We look forward to seeing you at LIAC 2019

Bonnie Birch and the LIAC Committee


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