2021 New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI) Virtual Edition July 19-25, 2021

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The public is invited to attend all masterclasses, presentations, and the Student Showcase Recital via Zoom

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We are happy to announce that the 2021 New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI) and Keyboard Festival will take place July 19-July 25. Due to the uncertainties of the COVID pandemic, the Institute will be in a virtual format. This year’s Institute will be limited to 16 participants.

Accepted participants will enjoy an intensive solo performance program designed for advanced and intermediate college, high school, and junior high school pianists. 2021 NOPI participants will receive Zoom lessons, master classes, attend lectures and discussions, as well as perform in the Final Zoom Showcase Recital. Students will also be invited to attend (virtually or in person) the Guest Artist Recital(s) of the New Orleans Keyboard Festival. This summer's Guest Artist is acclaimed American pianist & winner of the 2006 New Orleans International Piano Competition Dustin Gledhill.

Additionally this year NOPI will hold its 1ST NEW ORLEANS PIANO INSTITUTE VIRTUAL INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION which is open to all applicants worldwide. The Solo Competition will be held as a separate event from the Institute. For more information about the Competition, click here.


  • The New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI) is an award-winning, intensive solo performance program for advanced and intermediate college, high school, and junior high school pianists. The New Orleans Piano Institute is a part of the annual New Orleans Keyboard Festival.
  • NOPI Active Participants will receive two private lessons, perform in one master class, and have a chance to perform in the Final Zoom Showcase Recital. All NOPI Participants will observe zoom master classes, presentations, and performances as well as the guest artists recitals.


NOPI general non-refundable Application Fee: $50
This fee applies to all NOPI applicants and must be paid together with the submission of the application. Fees must be paid on the MASNO website http://masno.org/2021-NOPI-Fees and will be processed through PayPal.

NOPI Active Participants Tuition (non-refundable after July 1, 2021): $250
The full tuition must be paid by the deadline and after the formal acceptance to the Institute on the MASNO website http://masno.org/2021-NOPI-Fees and will be processed through PayPal.

Please Note: Late applications might be considered based on the spots available and on the first come first served basis.


May 22, 2021 - Application Deadline (New Active Participants need to submit YouTube Link of a Single Selection in the Application).

May 22, 2021 - Non-Refundable Application Fee of $50 is due http://masno.org/2021-NOPI-Fees

June 1, 2021 - Accepted Applicant will be notified by email

June 15, 2021 - Tuition Fee of $250 is due (non-refundable after July 1) http://masno.org/2021-NOPI-Fees

For questions about the Institute program, please e-mail NOPI Co-Director Dr. Igor Resnianski | igorresn@gmail.com

For questions about the application process, please e-mail NOPI Co-Director Dr. Hristo Birbochukov | birbochukov@yahoo.com

New Orleans Piano Institute Directors and Faculty

Igor Resnianski (NOPI Co-Director)  is a prize winner of many piano competitions including New Orleans International Piano Competition; World Piano Competition; Nena Wideman International Piano Competition; First China International Piano Competition; All-Russia Piano Competition, etc. He performed, judged, and gave master classes in the US, Russia, China, South America, Hong Kong, etc. His students are winners of numerous state, national, and international competitions and were featured on the national radio and TV program "From the Top". In 2012, Dr. Resnianski was named Music Teacher of the Year by PAMTA; and in 2016 and 2017, he was named Top Teacher by Steinway & Sons. He is on the faculty at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Nelly Berman School of Music near Philadelphia. Igor Resnianski is a Steinway Artist.

Dr. Hristo Birbochukov (NOPI Co-Director) has appeared frequently in solo and collaborative music performances in Eastern Europe and in the United States, including a New York debut recital in 2012. Dr. Birbochukov is a prize winner of national and international competitions in Bulgaria, has performed as a guest soloist with numerous orchestras, and has participated in international music festivals, such as the International Festival for Contemporary Piano Music ppIANISSIMO (Sofia), and the International Festival of New Music (Florida). Birbochukov’s television and radio appearances have included broadcasts in both Bulgaria and in the United States. A sought-after educator, Dr. Birbochukov was named Steinway & Sons Top Teacher for 2017 and 2018, and has presented recitals and master classes at numerous colleges and universities across the United States and has served as an adjudicator for competitions in the United States and Eastern Europe. Students of Dr. Birbochukov are frequent winners of state, regional, and national piano competitions, and were selected as finalists for the National Public Radio program "From the Top." Presently, Dr. Hristo Birbochukov is the Chair of the Classical Instrumental Department of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and an Artist- Teacher in Applied Piano. In addition, he is on the Music Faculty of NOBTS, where he teaches Applied Piano to Doctoral piano students, he is a Co-Director of the New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI), and on the Board of Directors of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO).

More info: www.birbochukov.com

Kevin T. Chance serves as Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Alabama where he also coordinates the Gloria Narramore Moody Piano Area.  He has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Asia as both soloist and chamber musician, and he is frequently in demand as a clinician and adjudicator.  Recent presentations include lectures for the Music Teachers National Association Conference, the American Matthay Association, and the College Music Society.  A dedicated teacher, he was the recipient of the 2015-2016 AMTA Teacher of the Year Award, and he was awarded the 2019 Music Educator of the Year Award by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa. Most recently, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Steinway & Sons Music Teacher Hall of Fame in New York City. His pre-college and college students consistently receive top awards in state, regional, and national competitions.  Dr. Chance holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Louisiana State University, and Birmingham-Southern College, and his primary teachers include Barry Snyder, Constance Knox Carroll, and William DeVan.  He is also an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with Ann Schein and Herbert Stessin.  Kevin has served as Vice President of the Music Teachers National Association and currently serves as the President of the American Matthay Association.

Alan Chow is on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He has won First Prizes at the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition, the UCLA International Piano Competition, the Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition, and the Silver Medal and Audience Favorite Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. He performed throughout the US and abroad. His students are winners of numerous state, national and international piano competitions. Alan Chow is a Steinway Artist. 

Frank Heneghan is retired Director of the Conservatory of Music and Drama of the Dublin Institute of Technology.  He also served as its Director of Cultural Affairs.  He has adjudicated, lectured, taught, and conducted master classes in all five continents.    Frank has been a faculty member of NOPI since its inception.  He has higher degrees, including two doctorates, in Education, Music and Philosophy.  He is a respected authority on topics as diverse as general music education, piano technique, the philosophy of interpretation and the theory of Contextualism as related to music education philosophy.    

Shearon Horton holds degrees from Peabody College and The University of Texas at Austin with further doctoral study at Louisiana State University. She has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist and has presented lectures and master classes in many states in the U. S. and in China. Her students have received state, regional, and national prizes including finalists in the MTNA National Piano Competition and have been featured on the national radio program “From the Top.” Former director of the New Orleans Piano Institute, in 2004 she received the Outstanding Teacher Award by Louisiana Music Teachers Association.

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