New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival
July 20-30, 2019
Applications are due May 1, 2019.
New Orleans Piano Institute General Information
About the program
There are TWO levels of participation in the NOPI program: ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS and OBSERVERS.
Room and board
Boarding participants are housed in a dormitory on the campus of Loyola University, a five-minute walk from the Music Building. Dorm rooms house two students per room. Meal cards for breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided and may be used in various campus eateries. The dormitory will have adult supervisors. Participants 13 years or under who would like to stay in the dorm must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and double occupancy rooms can be arranged. Students under the age of 18 will not be allowed to leave the campus without permission from an Institute Director.
NOPI Solo Competition Divisions/Prizes
Participation in this event is limited to students of the New Orleans Piano Institute. There are two Divisions based on the age of the contestant. Competitors will compete in BOTH Semifinal and Final Rounds. Winners are announced following the conclusion of the Final Round.
Division I: Age 17 (by July 22, 2019) and younger
Division II: Age 18 (by July 22, 2019) and older (maximum age limit is 29 by July 23, 2019)
Prizes for each Division are as follows: First Prize - $700, Second Prize - $300, Third Prize - $150
NOPI Concerto Competition sponsored by Hall Piano Company and the Steinway Society of New Orleans
Participation in this event is also limited to students of the New Orleans Piano Institute. Each competitors performs one movement of a piano concerto with second piano accompaniment. The winner of the concerto competition wins a cash prize of $500 and an invitation to perform with the New Orleans Civic Symphony in the fall of 2019. The winner is announced following the conclusion of the competition.
NOPI GENERAL application fee ..................................................................... $65
Applies to all NOPI applicants and must be paid with the submission of your application.
NOPI SOLO COMPETITION application fee.................................................... $60
And additional fee for NOPI applicants who also apply to NOPI Solo Competition. This fee must be paid with the submission of general application packet.
NOPI CONCERTO COMPETITION application fee .......................................... $40
And additional fee for NOPI applicants who also apply to NOPI Concerto Competition. This fee must be paid with the submission of general application packet.
NOPI ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS tuition (non-refundable after July 6, 2019) ...... $590
NOPI OBSERVERS tuition (non-refundable after July 6, 2019) ....................... $360
Room and Board .............................................................................................. $590
(optional but recommended)
Fees may be paid online beginning March 1 or by mailing a check (payable to MASNO) to:
New Orleans Piano Institute
Attn: Joni Jensen
2830 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Applications are due May 1, 2019, and will be available soon.
Applications must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Late applications may be considered based on availability and on a first come, first served basis.
For additional information regarding the 2019 New Orleans Piano Institute, please contact:
Dr. Igor Resnianski (for questions regarding the program)
Prof. Joni Jensen (for questions regarding Room and Board and/or Airport Pickup)
New Orleans Piano Institute 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.
Joni Jensen (NOPI Co-Director) is a long-standing board members of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans and has served as Local Director of the New Orleans Piano Institute for many years. A native of New Orleans, Joni Fitzpatrick Jensen is on the faculty at Tulane University where she teaches piano, music theory and is the coordinator of the piano classes. She also maintains a private studio in New Orleans where she teaches pre-college students of all ages. She has presented master classes, lectures and has served as an adjudicator across Louisiana. Prof. Jensen currently serves as the Louisiana Music Teachers Association's college faculty forum chair.
Kevin Chance is on the faculty of University of Alabama. He holds degrees from Eastman School of Music, LSU, and Birmingham-Southern College. He has performed throughout the US and abroad as soloist and collaborator. His students are frequently named winners on local, state, regional, and national competitions. In 2015, Dr. Chance was named Teacher of the Year by Alabama Music Teachers 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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