NW Accordion Society since 1989


Original Music in the Winter issue!
Sempre Espana

by Jim Tobler

Day of the Accordion

Modified this year
Crossroads Mall
February 26 1 - 6:30 PM
February 27 3 - 6 PM
(seating only at tables)

Accordion Autumnfest in Forest Grove

postponed until
April 24, 2022.


The Oregon Alpenfest is rescheduled and will return in 2022.  Check http://www.oregonalpenfest.com for details.

Seattle Accordion Socials Resume!

December 2021

Lyle Schaefer
Toby Hanson
David Locke

Skagit County Historical Museum
501 South 4th Street, LaConner, WA
Hugo Helmer, Skagit’s Own Music Man. JUNE 11, 2021 – End of year
The museum is now open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 AM to 4 PM!

Skagit County Historical Museum presents an extraordinary exhibition celebrating Swedish emigrant Hugo Helmer’s life (1899-1968). Most importantly, his dedication to the accordion and teaching, photographs of first marching accordion band in the U.S. in 1930s, original compositions, students and their legacy.
Accordionists are invited to present music ON STAGE!!! Bring your accordion, enjoy the exhibit and share your music in the gallery. An opportunity for musicians to introduce the fullness and richness of acoustic accordions to visitors, some people hearing accordion music “live” for the first time!
Scheduling for approximately one-hour time slots with Sunnie Sundquist-Empie (Leif & Sunnie Accordion Duo). Please respond to [email protected] re date you would like to perform in August or September. One-hour slots starting @ 11.15, 12.45 and 2.15., leave message and contact info 360 466-3979; I will get back to you. Alert friends and family re date and time you will be playing at Skagit County Museum, top of the hill in LaConner, so they can also enjoy this unique exhibition. Your date and playtime will be posted at skagitcounty.net/museum.
Play any genre, no ‘sound system’, no amplification, no mics, no groups, no renumeration (tip jar OK). A low, raised platform accommodates maximum two people, folding chairs or bring your own. Please respect limitations due to size of exhibit gallery and expansive windows, a reflective surface. 
To peruse location, go to museum Facebook page to see clips of former Hugo Helmer Accordion Band members Leif Holmes and Sunnie Sundquist performing in the gallery at Skagit County Museum, a comfortable and informal setting. Most visitors are looking at the exhibit, a few may be seated to listen or ask questions about the accordion.

Thank you, Sun thoughts,
Sunnie Sundquist-Empie,  Leif & Sunnie Accordion Duo


Leavenworth Internationl Accordion Celebration 2010

It’s Time!

The Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration in Leavenworth, Washington

2022 - Back to NORMAL
June 16 - 19, 2022

Official Website:

Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration
Sponsored by the Northwest Accordion Society!


June 16 - 19, 2021!
Leavenworth, Washingt1on

NWAS says THANK YOU to our Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration Sponsors!

Volunteers make our event happen. This is an important part of the celebration. Participate in the competition, workshops, concerts, parade AND volunteer for a shift or two. A few hard working people can’t do it all!

More information can be found on the www.accordioncelebration.org web site.

Click here for the LIAC Sponsors page!

Click Here for a list of our sponsors

You may now contribute using Visa, MasterCard,American Express, Discover, or your Bank Card. This is processed through PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account to do this). Minimum donation of $10 via PayPal.

Business and club donations via PayPal - please email your business name, contact name, address, website address, phone number, etc. to [email protected].

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Northwest Accordion Society News

NWAS News is published quarterly by the Northwest Accordion Society to unite membership by providing news and articles that instruct, encourage, and promote the playing of the accordion.

The Northwest Accordion Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the accordion.

The Northwest Accordion News is a quarterly newsletter published by the Northwest Accordion Society for and by its members. The purpose of the NWAS News is to unite the membership by providing news of its members, and articles that instruct, encourage, and promote the playing of the accordion.

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