Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 New Orleans Piano Institute has been postponed until 2021. 

Applications are now due May 1, 2021, and are available here.

General Information

  • NOPI is an intensive solo performance program for advanced and intermediate college, high school, and junior high school pianists. The 2021 NOPI participants will receive private lessons, perform in master classes, attend lectures and discussions, have competition opportunities, and perform in the Showcase Recital.
  • Students may also participate in the New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition sponsored by Hall Piano Company and the Steinway Society of New Orleans. The winner of the Concerto Competition will receive a cash prize and will be invited to perform with New Orleans Civic Symphony in the fall of 2021. Please see the application form for more information about the NOPI deadlines, competitions, prizes, and repertoire requirements.
  • This year, the New Orleans Piano Institute takes place concurrently with the 28th New Orleans International Piano Competition. NOPI students will also be invited to attend all of the rounds of the New Orleans International Piano Competition as a part of the institute which is included in tuition. The tickets to these recitals will be available to the general public for purchase.
  • In addition to performing in master classes taught by the NOPI faculty, NOPI students will have the opportunity to perform in master classes taught by the jury members of the New Orleans International Piano Competition. 
  • All master classes, presentations, and performances of the institute participants including NOPI Concerto Competition are free of charge and open to the public.

About the Program                 

There are TWO levels of participation in the NOPI program: ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS and OBSERVERS. 

  • ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS will receive FOUR private lessons and perform in ONE master class. 
  • OBSERVERS will receive THREE private lessons and be invited to attend all of the NOPI and Keyboard Festival events.
  • ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS will play on a Showcase Recital at the end of the Institute with scholarship prizes awarded.
  • ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS may also compete in  the New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition sponsored by Hall Piano Company and the Steinway Society of New Orleans for a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with New Orleans Civic Symphony. 
  • ALL NOPI STUDENTS will observe master classes, attend lectures/presentations, and performances as well as all of the rounds of the 28th New Orleans International Piano Competition.  
  • ALL NOPI STUDENTS will have the opportunity to take a trip to the historic New Orleans French Quarter.

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 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 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, 2020) ...... $590

NOPI OBSERVERS tuition (non-refundable after July 6, 2020) ....................... $360

Room and Board ..............................................................................................  $590

(optional but recommended)

Fees may be paid online, or by mailing a check (payable to MASNO) to:

Musical Arts Society of New Orleans

Attn: New Orleans Piano Institute

P.O. Box 750698

New Orleans, LA 70175

If paying by check: All checks should be payable to MASNO and must include the applicant's name and NOPI 2020 on the memo line for accurate processing.


Applications are due May 1, 2020, and are available here.

PLEASE NOTE: Late applications may be considered based on availability and on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Information

For additional information regarding the 2020 New Orleans Piano Institute, please contact NOPI's Co-directors:

Dr. Igor Resnianski 

Dr. Hristo Birbochukov 


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

Dr. Kevin Chance serves as Assistant Professor of Piano and chair of the Gloria Narramore Moody Piano Area at the University of Alabama. He maintains a studio of prize-winning students at the pre-collegiate and collegiate levels, and in addition to being named the Alabama Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year, he was recently named the 2019 Music Educator of the Year by the Tuscaloosa Council on the Arts and Humanities for his outstanding contributions to the Tuscaloosa community. Recently elected the Vice President of the Music Teachers National Association, he remains in demand as a teacher and clinician throughout the country, and he tours extensively throughout the United States and abroad as both soloist and collaborator. Dr. Chance holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Louisiana State University, and Birmingham-Southern College, where he was a student a Barry Snyder, Constance Knox Carroll, and William DeVan.

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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