2019 New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI)

July 21-28, 2019

New Orleans Piano Institute Directors, Igor Resnianski, and Joni Jensen will select approximately thirty-five pianists to participate in the 2019 New Orleans Piano Institute – a piano academy taking place during the New Orleans Keyboard Festival. Celebrating its 20th year, NOPI invites talented college, high school and junior high pianists from across the United States and around the world to audition for this intensive solo performance program, including private lessons with distinguished faculty, master classes, special lectures/presentations in piano literature and performance practice, competition opportunities, and an opportunity to perform in the Showcase Recital.

This year, students are invited to compete in the NOPI Solo Competition for prizes totaling $2,200 as well as the NOPI Concerto Competition sponsored by Hall Piano Company and The Steinway Society of New Orleans. The winner of the Concerto Competition will receive a $500 cash prize and the opportunity to perform with the New Orleans Civic Symphony in the fall.

The public is invited to attend all events of the Piano Institute/Keyboard Festival. Throughout this exciting event, there will be opportunities to hear approximately master classes, Rounds I and II of the NOPI Solo Competition, the NOPI Concerto Competition, special presentations with guest artists, the NOPI Student Showcase Recital, as well as the New Orleans Keyboard Festival guest artist recitals presented by former winners of the biennial New Orleans International Piano Competition.

The NOPI teaching faculty this year includes Kevin Chance (University of Alabama), Alan Chow (Eastman School of Music), Frank Heneghan (Ireland), Shearon Horton (Austin), and Igor Resnianski (West Chester University of Pennsylvania). Master classes will be given by all NOPI faculty. 

All events are held in the Loyola Music and Communications building. Student orientation (for students only), Master Classes, and Presentations will take place in Room 240. The NOPI Concerto Competition, Showcase Recital, and NOPI Solo Competition will be held in Roussel Hall. NOPI Events are open to the public. The NOPI competition rounds, Showcase Recital and master classes are FREE of charge to attend for the public audience. The New Orleans Keyboard Festival Guest Artist Recitals are ticketed events.

Prospective students, please visit the NOPI Page for more details.

Student Applications will be available soon.

A complete schedule of NOPI Events will be posted by June 1.


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. Each pianist will be heard twice. Winners are announced following the conclusion of the Final Round.

Division I: 16 years of age and younger

Division II: 17 years of age and older

Prizes for each Division are as follows: First Prize - $700, Second Prize - $300, Third Prize - $100

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. The winner is announced following the conclusion of the competition.


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". Dr. Resnianski was named a "2012 Music Teacher of the Year" by PAMTA and "2016 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 (Local 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. Kevin was most recently awarded the distinct honor of Alabama Music Teachers Association's Teacher of the Year in 2015.

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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