About the 2017 New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI)

July 23-30, 2017

New Orleans Piano Institute Directors, Igor Resnianski, and Joni Jensen have selected thirty-five pianists to participate in the 2017 New Orleans Piano Institute – a piano academy taking place during the New Orleans Keyboard Festival. Being in its 18th year, NOPI invites talented college, high school and junior high pianists from across the United States and around the world participate in an intensive solo performance program, including private lessons with distinguished faculty, master classes, special lectures/presentations in piano literature and performance practice, and an opportunity to perform in the Showcase Recital.

This year, fifteen of these students will also be competing in the NOPI Solo Competition for prizes totaling $2,200, and ten of these students will be competing in 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 ten master classes, Rounds I and II of the NOPI Solo Competition, the NOPI Concerto Competition, a special Question and Answer session with guest artist Kenny Boberg, the NOPI Student Showcase Recital, as well as the three New Orleans Keyboard Festival guest artist recitals of former winners of the New Orleans International Piano Competition – Kenny Broberg, Re Zhang, and Konstantin Soukhovetski.

The NOPI teaching faculty this year includes Constance Carroll (Louisiana State University, ret.), Kevin Chance (University of Alabama), Frank Heneghan (Ireland), Shearon Horton (Austin), and Igor Resnianski (West Chester University of Pennsylvania). Master classes will be given by all NOPI faculty. Additionally presented will be a Question and Answer session featuring Keyboard Festival Guest Artist Kenny Broberg.

All events are held in the Loyola Music and Communications building. Student orientation, Master Classes, and Presentations/Question and Answer Sessions 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. The New Orleans Keyboard Festival Guest Artist Recitals are ticketed events.



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.

Solo Competition Jurors

Jasmin Arakawa

Raymond Gitz

Faina Lushtak

Concerto Competition Jurors

Yui Asano

Hristo Birbochukov

Peter Collins

Division I Competitors                                                               Division II Competitors                                                             Concerto Competitors

  Clara Conatser                                                                                James Anemone                                                                            Timothy Berry

    Chris Jung                                                                                          Ben Mader                                                                               Stephen Gliatto

    Haena Lee                                                                                      Stephen Gliatto                                                                               Chris Jung

    JT Morris                                                                                             Claire Kim                                                                                 Melissa Klein

Carmen Williams                                                                                 James Larusso                                                                            James Larusso

    Andy Wu                                                                                             Rachel Lee                                                                                  Rachel Lee

                                                                                                              David Mach                                                                                   David Mach

                                                                                                           Xiangsheng Qu                                                                            Masafumi Nakatani

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Marley Pritchard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Andy Wu


Alan Chow (NOPI Co-director ) is on the faculty at Northwestern University. 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. Mr. Chow is on sabbatical for NOPI 2017.

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. 

Constance Carroll retired from LSU where she was recipient of the Barineau Professorship of Keyboard Studies. She received her education at the University of Arizona and the Eastman School of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied for a year in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria. In 2001 she was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award by LSU and the Outstanding Teacher of 2001 Award by LMTA.

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.

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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