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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SUNDAY, JULY 21 Master Class Master Class

Frank Heneghan Kevin Chance

11:30 AM 3:45 PM

MONDAY, JULY 22 Master Class Ziang Xu NOPI Solo Competition Semifinal Round - Division I NOPI Solo Competition Semifinal Round - Division II

11:30 AM 3:15 PM 7:00 PM

TUESDAY, JULY 23 Master Class Shearon Horton NOPI Solo Competition Final Round - Division I NOPI Solo Competition Final Round - Division II

11:30 AM 3:15 PM 7:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 Master Class Master Class

11:30 AM 3:45 PM

The winners will be announced at conclusion of this round.

Alan Chow Igor Resnianski

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Master Class Alan Chow Master Class Frank Heneghan NOPI Concerto Competition

11:30 AM 3:45 PM 7:00 PM

sponsored by Hall Piano Company and the Steinway Society of New Orleans

FRIDAY, JULY 26 Master Class Master Class Guest Artist Recital

Kevin Chance Sejoon Park Ziang Xu

SATURDAY, JULY 27 NOPI Student Showcase Recital SUNDAY, JULY 28 Guest Artist Recital

Sejoon Park

11:30 AM 3:45 PM 7:30 PM

10:30 AM

2:30 PM

All NOPI Events are held in the Loyola Music and Communications building. Orientation, and Master Classes will take place in Room 240. The NOPI Solo and Concerto Competitions and Showcase Recital will be held in Roussel Hall. The NOPI Competition Rounds, Showcase Recital and Master Classes are FREE of charge and open to the public. The New Orleans Keyboard Festival Guest Artist Recitals are ticketed events. Master Classes are made possible by a generous gift from the Gauthier Family Foundation. This event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council New Orleans. —


2019 NOPI SOLO PIANO COMPETITION / PRIZES Semifinal Round: Monday, July 22 Final Round: Tuesday, July 23 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: 17 years of age and younger First Prize $700 Awarded by David Greenhouse and Seth Latimer Second Prize $300 Awarded by Machelle Johnson Third Prize $150 Awarded by Machelle Johnson Division II: 18 years of age and older First Prize $700 Awarded by Alan Chow in honor of Daniel Weilbaecher Second Prize $300 Awarded by Machelle Johnson Third Prize $150 Awarded by Machelle Johnson Solo Competition Jurors Peter Collins Wilfred Delphin Ziang Xu

Concerto Competition Jurors Sejoon Park Charles Taylor Ziang Xu

Division I Competitors

Division II Competitors

Concerto Competitors

Nathan Jiang Kate Lee Yuni Lee J. T. Morris Larsen Vincent Andy Wu

Jeff Bell Tim Berry Malgeum Kang Ben Mader Alexandra Tzitzikas Dailin Zeng

Jeffrey Deng Gabriel Feng Nathan Jiang Chris Jung Martin Kesuma J.T. Morris Larsen Vincent Gloriana Wolf Andy Wu

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2019 KEYBOARD FESTIVAL GUEST ARTIST Ziang Xu, 2018 Gold Medalist Chinese-born pianist, Ziang Xu, has distinguished himself in several international competitions. His prizes and awards include first prizes in New Orleans International Piano Competition, Rondo Young Artist Competition, The East Coast International Piano Competition, The Princeton Festival Piano Competition, and The Grand Prize at Steinway Society of Puerto Rico Award. He has also been awarded top prizes at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival the New England Conservatory Honors Competition, and the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation. He has performed widely including at Carnegie (Weill) Hall, Ukrainian Institute, Hunter College in New York, and at New England Conservatory`s Jordan Hall. His performances of the complete Chopin Etudes, a feat for any pianist, were described as “extraordinary.” Making his solo debut at age eleven, Ziang studied at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and pursued undergraduate studies at the Mannes School of Music, as a student of Vladimir Feltsman and Victor Rosenbaum, with whom he continued to study at the New England Conservatory as he pursued his Master of Music degree. Ziang is now studying with Bruce Brubaker as Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the New England Conservatory.

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Friday, July 26, 2019 7:30 PM Roussel Hall • Loyola University New Orleans Franz Liszt - Vladimir Horowitz

Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

Nikolai Kapustin Eight Concert Etudes, Op.40 (1984) No.1 in C major “Prelude” No.2 in A-flat major “Reverie” No.3 in E minor “Toccatina” No.4 in B major “Remembrance” No.5 in D major “Raillery” No.6 in B-flat major “Pastorale” No.7 in D-flat major “Intermezzo” No.8 in F minor “Finale” INTERMISSION Frédéric Chopin Nocturnes Op.27, No.1 in C-sharp minor Op.27, No.2 in D-flat major Op.9, No.3 in B major Op.55, No.2 in E-flat major Op.62, No.1 in B major Op.62, No.2 in E major Op.9, No.2 in E-flat major Mr. Xu’s performance is made possible by a generous gift from Drs. Emel and Ranney Mize.

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2019 KEYBOARD FESTIVAL GUEST ARTIST Sejoon Park, 2012 Silver Medalist

Praised as an artist “one could hardly heap too much praise on” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), pianist Sejoon Park was born to cellist parents in Seoul, Korea, and at the age of ten made his orchestral debut with Korea’s Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. He moved to the U.S. shortly thereafter, and was featured in Washingtonian Magazine for a performance named one of the “Best of 2004” and broadcast on NPR’s “From the Top.” In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Park presents a series of concerts with an all-American program, including classics of Samuel Barber and George Gershwin, as well as works of living composers Daniel Temkin and Joel Puckett. A winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, Mr. Park has also received top prizes from the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the PianoArts Competition, the Southeastern Piano Competition, and the King Award for Young Artists. Recent performances include his Philadelphia recital debut and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He has also been soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salina Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared on the stages of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, Colorado. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR, WWFM radio. Mr. Park performs frequently in his native South Korea, and his passion for musical outreach activities has led him to assist in organizing the Seongnam Love Music Festival, through which he invited U.S.-based performers to travel abroad to perform for Korean audiences. He performed Rachmaninoff ’s Piano Concerti, Nos. 2 and 3 with both the Incheon Philharmonic and the Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made additional solo appearances with the United Korean Orchestra, and the Euroasian Philharmonic, and performed on the stages of the Seoul Arts Center, Gumho Art Hall, and Samick Art Hall in solo and chamber performances. A former PianoArts Fellow and Artist for Sing for Hope, Mr. Park organized and regularly performed educational concerts for school children across the U.S., and gives free concerts for healthcare patients and seniors in under-resourced communities. Sejoon Park holds a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. — 6

Sejoon Park appears courtesy of Astral Artists.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 2:30 PM Roussel Hall • Loyola University New Orleans Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in C minor, Op.13 I. Grave – Allegro di molto e con brio II. Adagio cantabile III. Rondo: Allegro Sergei Rachmaninoff Études-tableaux, Op.33 No.1 Allegro non troppo in F minor No.2 Allegro in C major No.3 Grave in C minor No.4 Moderato in D minor No.5 Non Allegro - Presto in E-flat minor No.6 Allegro con fuoco in E-flat major No.7 Moderato i G minor No.8 Grave in C-sharp minor INTERMISSION Franz Liszt Consolations, S.172 No.2 in E major No.3 in D-Flat major No.5 in E major Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition Promenade Gnomus (The Gnome) Promenade Il vecchio castello (The Old Castle) Promenade Tuileries – Children Quarreling at Play Bydlø Promenade Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks Samuel Goldenberg and Schmüyle Promenade Limoges – The Market Place (The Big News) Catacombae (Catacombs, Roman Tombs) Con mortuis in lingua morta The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba-Yaga) The Great Gate of Kiev —

Mr. Parks performance is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. James Farrow. 7

ABOUT MASNO BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Director Cara McCool Woolf Artistic Director Daniel Weilbaecher Co-Presidents James Farrow Anne Gauthier President-Elect Mary Albert Immediate Past-President James Farrow Secretary Jason Burge Treasurer Susan Lafaye MEMBERS Hristo Birbochukov Andrea Brown Courtney Bryan June Cognevich Peter Collins Joan Coulter Bruce Crutcher Wilfred Delphin Arthur Dickerson Julie Doan Jep Epstein Meg Frazier Brian Hsu Joan Jensen Machelle Johnson Fred Kasten Steven Kinchen Allan Ledbetter Emily McWilliams William Marshall Christopher B. Merritt Emel Songu Mize Hans Mulder Julianne Nice Igor Resnianski Barbara Sands Chris Waddington Casey Dietz Zainey Emeritus Board Members — Mary Sue Chambers 8 Madelyn and Bruce Trible

Vision Statement MASNO’s vision is to be a primary force in establishing New Orleans as a vital and vibrant center of the musical arts, recognized regionally, nationally and internationally.

Mission Statement MASNO’s mission is: (1) to create opportunities to hear, participate in, and appreciate performances of the musical arts by established and emerging artists; (2) to encourage the development of supportive, knowledgeable and enthusiastic audiences for concerts presented by the Musical Arts Society and other musical organizations; (3) to nurture the development of talent; (4) to champion music education.

MASNO HISTORY Originally founded as the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts (NOIPA) in 1980 by Melvin Alford and Julianne Nice, the organization aimed to provide students and teachers in the performing arts with master classes and workshops, as well as to expose them to performances by artists in the mainstream of professional activity. Since its beginning, MASNO has provided both artists and students an opportunity to perform for appreciative audiences and has assisted students in developing skills necessary to build artistic discipline within a comfortable and supportive environment. MASNO has continued to present performances by emerging as well as established artists and to encourage the community to embrace the arts, particularly classical music. In addition to individual events during the year, a weeklong festival featuring master classes, lectures, and performances has been presented annually since 1981. In 1989, Madelyn Trible and Raymond Gitz founded the New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC) as an augmentation to the summer keyboard festival. Since that first year, the competition has continued to expand in scope, attracting competitors and audiences from around the globe, and is currently regarded as one of the finest showcases of pianistic talent. In the fall of 1994, Melvin Alford stepped down as NOIPA’s Executive/Artistic Director, a position he had held since the organization’s inception in 1980. The NOIPA Board asked Daniel Weilbaecher to replace Melvin in this position. At that time, NOIPA was renamed the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. After 20 years as both Executive and Artistic Director of MASNO, Daniel resigned his position as Executive Director while continuing to serve as MASNO’s Artistic Director. In the fall of 2014, Cara McCool was named MASNO’s Executive Director. One of Cara’s goals was to expand MASNO’s presence in the New Orleans musical community extending beyond the summer-centered events. To this end, MASNO is in its fourth year of presenting a full season of concerts and events and looks forward to an ever-growing schedule of wonderful musical opportunities for New Orleans and the surrounding area. In 1999, the New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI) was begun as the educational component of MASNO’s summer event. NOPI invites talented local, national and international college and high school students to New Orleans for a week of intensive study and performances including individual lessons and master classes with the distinguished NOPI faculty, competition opportunities, and a solo appearance on the Showcase Recital. All of this is within the inspirational context of the biennial New Orleans International Piano Competition and the annual Keyboard Festival. Shearon Horton and Raymond Gitz were NOPI’s first directors. In 2010, Joni Jensen replaced Raymond as NOPI Local Director. Upon Shearon’s retirement as NOPI Director in 2013, Alan Chow and Igor Resnianski accepted the Co-Director positions. In 2017, Joni Jensen joined Igor as NOPI Co-Director, and Alan returned to his former position of NOPI Faculty Member. This annual event’s format has been enhanced on the years that the NOIPC does not take place to include a solo competition for the institute students. In addition, every year the Steinway Society of New Orleans in collaboration with the New Orleans Piano Institute presents the NOPI Concerto Competition of which the winner receives a cash prize as well as the opportunity to perform with the New Orleans Civic Symphony. In the spring of 2004, MASNO presented its first Concerto Showcase. This exciting event features the return of the three finalists of the preceding summer’s competition to the stage of Roussel Hall to perform three concertos with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Since only solo repertoire is heard during the competition, Concerto Showcase was envisioned as an extension of the previous summer’s NOIPC allowing our top three prizewinners to be heard in concert with the LPO. From the strategic viewpoint provided by the celebration of MASNO’s twentieth annual competition, a new path was established for the evolution of MASNO’s premiere offering. In 2009, NOIPC, which had always been open to pianists without age restriction, began a biennial alternation with the New Orleans international Piano Competition for Young Artists, open to pianists between 14 and 18 years of age. In 2012, the MASNO Board of Directors decided to end the international competition for young artists and to present NOIPC every other year. In 2018, we present the 27th New Orleans International Piano Competition. As MASNO celebrates its 39th anniversary in 2019, it proudly continues its efforts to make New Orleans a vital and vibrant center for the musical arts: providing opportunities to hear some of the world’s best musical talents; developing enthusiastic audiences; nurturing the development of talent; and championing music education through innovative programming and signature events such as the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival, Festival PiaNOLA and Concerto Showcase in collaboration with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Nocturne, Salon Concerts, and — 9 MASNO Artist Master Classes and Lecture Performances at area schools.

ABOUT THE NEW ORLEANS PIANO INSTITUTE Institute Directors Joni Jensen Igor Resnianski Faculty/Clinicians Alan Chow Kevin Chance Frank Heneghan Shearon Horton

New Orleans Piano Institute Directors, Igor Resnianski, and Joni Jensen have selected thirty-one pianists to participate in the 2019 New Orleans Piano Institute – a piano academy taking place during the New Orleans Keyboard Festival. Being in its 20th 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 in piano literature and performance practice, and an opportunity to perform in the Showcase Recital. Twelve of these students will also be competing in the NOPI Solo Competition for prizes totaling $2,300, and nine 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 an invitation 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 10 master classes, Rounds I and II of the NOPI Solo Competition, the NOPI Concerto Competition, the NOPI Student Showcase Recital, as well as the two New Orleans Keyboard Festival guest artist recitals of former winners of the New Orleans International Piano Competition – Sejoon Park, and Ziang Xu. All NOPI master classes and student performances are free of charge and open to the public. The NOPI teaching faculty this year includes Alan Chow (Eastman School of Music), 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.

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Joni is a long-standing board member 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 received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in piano performance from the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University. Her teachers have included Jane Smisor Bastien, Edygio Castro de Silva, and Faina Lushtak. She 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. Joni has presented master classes, lectures and has served as an adjudicator across Louisiana. She was recently appointed as president of the board of the Junior Philharmonic Society of New Orleans, a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing talented young musicians and dancers in recital. She has served as President, treasurer and is currently the corresponding secretary for the New Orleans Piano Teachers Association. She also currently serves as the Louisiana Music Teachers Association’s college faculty forum chair.

Igor Resnianski

A Steinway artist, Dr. Resnianski is a prize winner of many international piano competitions including the First Prize of the New Orleans International Piano Competition; the Bronze Medal of the International World Piano Competition, Cincinnati, Ohio; the Bronze Medal of the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition, Shreveport, Louisiana, the Fifth Prize in the first Beijing International Piano Competition, and the Second Prize of the All Russian Piano Competition Sodrujestvo. In Russia, he appeared in the famous halls of Moscow and St. Petersburg including the historic Glinka Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg and appeared with many orchestras in the Siberian region. In June 1996, Mr. Resnianski made his concerto debut in America performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson and in South America performing a solo recital at the Medellin International Festival, Colombia. Since then he performed with Kennett Symphony, PA, New Orleans and Acadiana Symphony Orchestras, LA, etc. Gave solo recitals in Guiyang, China; Fort Worth and Arlington, TX; New Orleans and Lafayette, LA; Cincinnati, OH and Palm Beach, FL; Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ; Santa Clara, CA and Houston, TX; etc. His performances were televised and broadcasted in Novosibirsk, Russia; Palm Beach, FL; Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Resnianski’s performances were featured on the PBS/WHYY Y-Arts television channel. His chamber recordings were released under St. Petersburg Recording Company and Sony Entertainment. 2012 Teacher of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania, Dr. Resnianski teaches master-classes and judges local, state, national, and international competitions in the US and abroad. He is a regular faculty of such festivals as PianoTexas International Academy and Festival, Fort Worth TX; Piano Institute at Texas Music Festival, Houston TX; New Orleans Piano Institute, LA, California Concerto Weekend, CA, etc. Since September 2013, Dr. Resnianski accepted responsibilities of a co-director of the New Orleans Piano Institute. His students are winners of many local, state, national, and international piano competitions. Among them are the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Concerto Competition; William Kapell Young Artist International Piano Competition; Liszt International Competition in Los Angeles; Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford Connecticut; World Piano Competition in Cincinnati; MTNA/PMTA state piano competition; New Orleans Piano Institute Competition solo and concerto; TCU-Cliburn Piano Institute Concerto Competition; etc. His students performed in many countries including USA, Russia, France, Germany, China. They appeared on such venues as Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; Tchaikovsky and Roerich museums in Moscow; Wail Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall at Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center in New York; Ed Landreth Hall in Fort Worth, TX; Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building at West Chester, PA, etc. They appeared with such orchestras as Philadelphia Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Kennett Symphony, Lansdowne Symphony, Ambler and York orchestras, New Orleans Civic Orchestra, etc. Dr. Resnianski is an Assistant Professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in West Chester, PA. He also teaches privately and at the Nelly Berman School of Music in — Haverford, PA.



Acclaimed for his “elegant poetry and virtuosic fire,” Alan Chow has won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the UCLA International Piano Competition, and the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition. Winner of the Silver Medal and Audience Favorite Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, he was also a prizewinner in the William Kapell International Piano Competition. A Steinway artist, Mr. Chow has performed in recital and in concert with orchestras from coast to coast in 47 states. His recitals have brought him to the major music centers including New York (Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall), Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago (Symphony Center and Ravinia), Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Miami. Concerto performances include appearances with the National Symphony, Utah Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, and Omaha Symphony. Mr. Chow regularly tours Asia with performances in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, including performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic and the PanAsia Symphony. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with the American, Pacifica, Miami and Escher String Quartets and has been guest artist at the Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics, San Juan Islands Chamber Music Festival, Kent Blossom Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Music Festival of Arkansas and Music Mountain. In addition, he appears in joint recital engagements in the Cheng-Chow Trio with pianists Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow. Also in demand for his teaching, Mr. Chow has given master classes throughout North America and Asia at conservatories, universities and summer festivals including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Bowdoin Music Festival, New Orleans International Piano Festival, Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, Las Vegas Piano Festival, Tunghai International Piano Festival (Taiwan), and in Singapore. Appointed guest professor at the Central Conservatory in Beijing and honored visiting professor at the Shenyang Conservatory, he has also presented recitals, master classes, and lectures in China at the conservatories in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian and Wuhan. Mr. Chow studied with Nelita True at the University of Maryland where he graduated Co-Valedictorian with his twin brother Alvin, and received the Charles Manning Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts given to the outstanding graduate; with Sascha Gorodnitzki at The Juilliard School where he was awarded the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano; and with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where he was the recipient of the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship. He also studied at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie with Carlo Zecchi. Formerly on the faculty of the University of Arkansas and Northwestern University, Mr. Chow is currently — on the artist faculty at the Eastman School of Music.


Kevin Chance

Kevin T. Chance was recently named Teacher of the Year by the Alabama Music Teachers Association and Music Educator of the Year by the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. As a performer, he has been described as “a superlative musician” playing “with musical conviction and muscularity.” He has performed throughout the United States and abroad as both soloist and collaborator. Recent engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall as well as concerto performances of Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety and Rachamninoff ’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Athens Chorale in Georgia, and Gerald Finzi’s Eclogue.  In March 2016, he also appeared with the Tuscaloosa Symphony in a performance of Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals. Recital engagements have taken him throughout the U.S. with recent appearances at the American Matthay Association Festivals, the University of Oklahoma, the Louisiana Piano Series International, and the Albion College International Piano Festival. Dr. Chance was a prizewinner of several regional and national competitions including the National Society of Arts and Letters Career Awards Competition, Music Teachers National Association Competitions (MTNA), and the Brevard Music Center Concerto Competition.  A sought-after teacher, Dr. Chance maintains a prize-winning studio, and his students are frequently named winners and finalists in local, state, regional, and national competitions. He currently serves on the faculties of several summer festivals including the New Orleans Piano Institute.  In demand as a clinician and adjudicator, he regularly presents workshops and lecture-performances on repertoire and pedagogy throughout the country, and he has served as a guest artist and clinician for the Michigan, Mississippi, and Alabama state music teacher conferences. Additionally, Dr. Chance has presented at the 2008, 2016, and 2019 Music Teachers National Association Conferences. He is a Past President of the Alabama Music Teachers Association and has served as Southern Division Director for the Music Teachers National Association. Kevin currently serves as the Vice President of Music Teachers National Association and President of the American Matthay Association. Serving as Assistant Professor of Piano and Chair of the Gloria Narramore Moody Piano Area at the University of Alabama, Dr. Chance is a former faculty member at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham.  He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Jerald C. Graue Fellowship for academic excellence.  An alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival, he holds the Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University and graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College.  His teachers have included Barry Snyder, Constance Knox Carroll, Ann Schein, Anne Koscielny, Herbert Stessin, William DeVan and Betty Sue Shepherd.

Frank Heneghan

Frank Heneghan of Ireland is a regular visitor to Louisiana, and has been a faculty member of NOPI since its inception in 1999. He has also served as a juror for the New Orleans International Competition on three occasions, and his former student, Peter Mack, was the first prize winner of the NOIPC in 1990. Over his distinguished career Frank served as director of the College of Music of Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland’s largest third-level education complex. Over a quarter of a century he pioneered in the development of the college to its current conservatory status with a full spectrum of courses up to doctorate level. He was recently accorded the rare honor of election to fellowship of the Institute. Frank has carried out his professional work— master classes, lectures and adjudicating - all over the world on five continents: across the US from the Pacific Northwest to Florida, from New York to California and in Hawaii; in Austria, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and the UK; in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan; in Australia and in South Africa. In addition to comprehensive experience as piano teacher and clinician at all levels, he is a specialist in the philosophy of interpretation and in general music education, about which he has written and published extensively. He headed a 20-year international research project, The Music Education National Debates (MEND) with a particular thrust to rationalize music education in Ireland with eclectic global trends. The report was issued in 2005 to acclaim, and has drawn worldwide attention for its general applicability and philosophical novelty. Frank has recently narrowed the focus of his research to performance aspects of music education and is currently working on comprehensive pianism as an indivisibly technico-interpretative challenge Dr. Heneghan is the founder member of the Irish branch of the European Piano Teachers’ Association and was European president of the 26-nation alliance in 1991. Inter alia, he holds a PhD from the University of Pretoria and an honorary DMus from the University of Potchefstroom for Higher Christian Education.

Shearon Horton

Shearon Horton was a cofounder of the New Orleans Piano Institute and for fourteen years was a director of the New Orleans Piano Institute. At the June, 2019 state convention of Texas Music Teachers Association, Shearon was named the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Pre-Collegiate Teaching Award for Texas Music Teachers Association. She received the Outstanding Teacher Award for Louisiana Music Teachers Association in 2004. She was the recipient of the Austin Music Teachers Association Award for Outstanding Pre-Collegiate Teaching Achievement in 1988, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019. She was awarded the Steinway Top Teacher Award in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Shearon Horton holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody College and Masters of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin with further doctoral study at Louisiana State University. Her teachers have included William Race, Jack Guerry, Lucien Stark, Gregory Allen, and Amanda Vick Lethco. She has performed extensively as soloist and collaborative pianist and has presented lectures and master classes in Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Washington, Alabama and throughout Louisiana. In 2010 she presented master classes in China at Sichuan Conservatory, Nanjing Normal University, and Fudan University. She has been a featured presenter for state conventions of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association, Alabama Music Teachers Association, and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. Her articles related to piano pedagogy have been published in Keynotes magazine and in Keyboard Companion. Ms. Horton taught at Tulane University in the Newcomb Department of Music in New Orleans from 1989 to 2006 and was an independent teacher in the New Orleans area before moving to Austin, Texas in 2007. She has taught at The University of New Orleans and filled a one-year appointment as Coordinator of Piano Pedagogy and Class Piano at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2001-2002. She has maintained a prize-winning teaching studio for many years with students who have distinguished themselves in many local, regional and national competitions including fourteen students who have been state winners in the MTNA Performance Competitions and have progressed to the regional MTNA competitions with three students advancing to the national MTNA finals. In 2013 she was the teacher of the second prize winner and Chopin Prize winner at the MTNA National Junior Performance Competition. Four of her students have been featured on the national radio program “From the Top.” Her students have been first prize winners in the TMTA State Performance Contest, the Steinway Competition held at Steinway Gallery of Austin, the Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Competition, the Marjorie Sticklin Emerging Artist Concerto Competition, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, the Wilcox and Maurer competitions sponsored by the Wednesday Morning Music Club of Austin, and the national Stillman-Kelly Competition sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Her students have been top prize winners at the Baylor/Waco Piano Competition, the Texas State University Young Artist Piano Competition, the McClennan Community College Piano Competition, the DeBose National Piano Competition, and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association Piano Rally. Her students have been accepted in undergraduate programs at Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Rice University, San Francisco Conservatory, New York University, The University of Texas at Austin, Loyola University, and many of her students now work in the music teaching profession. —



New Orleans-based pianist Peter Collins holds the distinction of Professor Emeritus from Missouri State University where he taught and served as coordinator of the keyboard area for twentyfive years. He began his formal piano studies in New Orleans with Melvin Alford and received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory under the instruction of Lillian Freundlich. After winning awards in several piano competitions (the Washington International Piano Competition, the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the American Chopin Competition, the American Beethoven Foundation) he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Michigan as a student of Louis Nagel. He has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna. Peter Collins has performed a wide variety of repertoire ranging from the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Mozart to recently composed works. At Missouri State University, he originated the Missouri Chamber Players and toured Scandinavia three times with members of the ensemble in concerts of music by American composers. His important European appearances also include solo performances at the Chopin Academy of Music (Warsaw) and the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest). As a concerto soloist he has collaborated with the Polish State Orchestra (Jelenia Góra), the Florida State Orchestra, the New Orleans Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks. Peter Collins has completed nine compact-disc recording projects (for the Albany, MSR and Centaur labels) featuring works of living American composers, music by women composers, original arrangements and transcriptions and piano music of nineteenth-century New Orleans. He has performed regularly in the city since 1980 and has been heard in many of the area’s universities and recital venues as well — as on New Orleans public radio and television. 14

Wilfred Delphin

Wilfred Delphin holds the Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees in piano performance. As a member of the Delphin & Romain duo piano team he has toured throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. In this country he has performed in many of the major concert halls. These include the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the White House. With orchestra the duo performed with Zubin Mehta & New York Philharmonic, Sir Neville Marriner and the Minnesota Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New Orleans Philharmonic with Werner Norkanowski. Dr. Delphin has received artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. State Department. He has served on grant award panels in South Carolina and Illinois as well the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. In 2005 he took an early retirement from his professorship at Southern Illinois University to join the Peace Corps with a posting in Senegal, West Africa. In2006 as part of its post Katrina recovery effort, he joined the faculty of Xavier University of New Orleans. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University and Artist in Residence/ Professor of Music at Xavier University.


Dr. Charles Taylor is Professor of Music at the University of New Orleans where he serves as Director of the School of the Arts. He holds the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting and the degrees Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music. Dr. Taylor serves as conductor of the New Orleans Civic Symphony Orchestra and the New Orleans Concert Band

and has conducted ensembles throughout the United States and Canada. He has presented sessions at The Mid-West Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, the International Conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Southern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, and the State Conference of the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association. Ensembles under his direction have been invited to perform at the state conference of the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association and the national convention of the Association of Concert Bands, and have given the premiere performances of over fifty compositions.




28th New Orleans International Piano Competition New Orleans Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute July 19–26, 2020

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FRIENDS OF MASNO The following are gratefully acknowledged for their gifts to MASNO between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Prestissimo - $5,000+

Robin and Bruce Crutcher Gauthier Family Foundation Hall Piano Company Loyola University New Orleans

Presto - $2,500+

Fishman Haygood L.L.P. Mary and Doug Albert Dr. and Mrs. Edward Bluth Dr. James Farrow Dr. Keith Lescale

Vivace - $1,000+

Anne S. Bradburn Drs. Archie and Andrea Brown Hugh Caffery Jody and Darlene Dickerson Philip Fuselier Hancock Whitney Bank Machelle Johnson

Allegro - $500+

Roselyn B.Boneno, Ph.D. Martha Bowling Courtney Bryan Peter Collins Joan Coulter Wilfred Delphin Jep Epstein David Greenhouse Gayle Higgins Jones Mr. and Mrs. Steven Kinchen Tamara Kreinin Edward Martin — 16

Ochsner Clinic Foundation Steinway and Sons WWNO 89.9 and Classical 104.9 FM Drs. Emel and Ranney Mize New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation James Robert Pope Sandy and Stephen Rosenthal Paul J. Leaman, Jr. Allan and Toni Ledbetter Dr. Edward D. Levy, Jr. Emery Whalen and William Marshall Julianne Nice and Herb Larson Mr. and Mrs. Bruce C. Trible Dr. and Mrs. Robert Weilbaecher Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Merritt William Mindak Hans Mulder Igor Resnianski Pamela Ricciardi Maj. Gen (Ret.) and Mrs. Thomas A. Sands Karen and Leopold Sher Ann Cox Strub Cara McCool and Vance Woolf

Allegretto - $250+

Doreen Abadco Ron Biava and Emily Clark Florence Brown Nancy and Glenn Cater Dr. Claudia Champagne June and Kenneth Cognevich Peter Collins Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Chase III Dr. Julie Doan Dr. and Mrs. Charles L. Dupin Jonathan Gisclair Greater New Orleans Music Club Michael Harold Kim and Margarita Harvey Shearon and Paul Horton Brian Hsu Joni Jensen and Bruce Regeczi Betty and Jim Karam Scott and Robin Kropog

Moderato - $100+

Michael Boucree Pamela Rogers Mary Ann Bulla Jason Burge Constance Carroll Raquel Cortina Constance Cowart Young William Cullison Dr. and Mrs. Juan Gershanik Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Gordon Joseph Hardie, Jr. Kathlenn Hebert Stephen and Alexis Hellman Dr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Irwin, Jr. Les Jernigan Jenny and Fred Kasten

Andante - $35+

Ann Babington Betty Blancq Connie Dahlberg Peggy and Ray Fransen Benjamin Karp Jason Percle James Reynolds Stephanie Rogers

Ted and Mary Merl Laborde Susan Lafaye Joan Landry Drs. Elizabeth and Leo Landry Clay and Noonie LeJeune Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCool Guillermo Nanez Ava Nowalsky Linda and Philip Pauze Drs. Jamie Manders and James Riopelle Gerald and Rita Satawa Frederick Sonnier Betty and Greg Speyrer Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Stewart, Jr. Drs. Austin and Jane Sumner John Szostak Patricia Willhoit Robin and Dale Williams

Judith and Paul Lapeyre Kern Maass Mr. Bruce and Dr. Jane Miller Lori Mince Dr. Judith Miranti Dr. Sanford Pailet Eduardo Rodriguez Helen Roy Marly L. Sweeney Lisa Toporek Usdin-Weil Foundation Daniel Weilbaecher Betsy and Patrick Widhalm Massiel Witzig Casey and Chris Zainey

Ava Rosenberg Margaret Shields Elizabeth and Talmadge Singer Trent Smith Philip and Eleanor Straub Gretchen Szostak Margot Markle Wilkinson

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BE PART OF MASNO! We at MASNO are privileged to be able to present these kinds of musical opportunities in New Orleans as well as play significant roles in the development of young talent and future musical careers through our programming. However, we could not do so without the generous support of our Friends, Donors, Partners and Sponsors. Membership Our annual membership level starts with a taxdeductible donation of $35 per year. This annual membership includes a subscription to MASNO’s E-Newsletter, Advance Notice and Pre-sale Privileges for exclusive MASNO events, and Recognition in the program book of the New Orleans International Piano Competition and New Orleans Keyboard Festival. Monetary donations can be made by mail, by phone 504.899.4826, or securely online at masno.org. Levels of donations can be found on the following pages of this book or on our website. Corporate and Individual Event Sponsorship Opportunities MASNO offers multiple levels of Corporate and Individual Event Sponsorship Opportunities. These levels of donation are accompanied by benefits to the sponsor. Examples of Individual Event Sponsorships include the sponsorship of Artist Fees, Salon Concert Events, Nocturne, Prizes for the New Orleans International Piano Competition and more. More information is available for download on our website. Please note the IRS requires that the Fair Market Value of certain benefits be subtracted from the amount of your gift on your tax return. You may waive any benefits by notifying our office. Volunteering and Hosting MASNO very gratefully acknowledges and relies on the support of our volunteers and hosts to ensure the success of our events. Examples of some of these volunteering and hosting opportunities are: • Volunteering at events including the New Orleans International Piano Competition • Hosting a contestant for the New Orleans International Piano Competition • Hosting a Juror and Faculty Dinner for the New Orleans International Piano Competition • Hosting a Salon Concert Event* • Other volunteer opportunities

these performances outside of the traditional concert hall have become some of MASNO’s most popular offerings. Company Matching Many companies have programs in place to match or even double the donations of their employees or their employees’ spouses. You can acquire a Matching Gift Form from your company’s Human Resources Office. Charitable Remainder or Charitable Lead Trusts Gifts that generate income are excellent vehicles for your retirement plan. By placing assets in a Charitable Remainder Trust for the benefit of the Musical Arts Society, one or another beneficiary may: • Receive fixed or variable income payments for life • Enjoy a current income tax deduction • Eliminate capital-gains tax when using appreciated assets • Convert low-income property or securities into a higher income stream • Reduce estate taxes With a Charitable Lead Trust, you may provide income to the Musical Arts Society for a period of time, passing on the assets to your heirs in the future. Lead Trusts can also help save estate or gift taxes while at the same time providing a major contribution. Bequests, Retirement Planning, Life Insurance, and Securities Gifts If you already have an established will, or will soon be having one prepared, consider leaving a bequest to the Musical Arts Society. If you already have a will, naming MASNO can be done very simply by an amendment (codicil) so that your entire will does not need to be redrafted. To leave a bequest to the MASNO Endowment Fund, please name the beneficiary as the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Qualified retirement plan benefits are excellent choices for funding a testamentary charitable gift. Because such benefits are subject to estate taxes and income tax liability to the ultimate recipient, directing those assets to the Musical Arts Society could be eligible to bypass double taxation. Naming MASNO as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy will allow an estate tax deduction for your estate.

Contributions of stocks or bonds can be designated for the MASNO endowment Fund, directed to benefit a specific aspect of programming or directed to the *Salon Concert Events feature internationally acclaimed support of MASNO’s general operating expenses. as well as emerging MASNO artists in intimate concert For more information, visit masno.org, call — settings often accompanied by delectable food 504.899.4826, or email director@masno.org 18 and drink. From private homes to art galleries,

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...and whether you’re classical, jazz, pop, rap, rock, EDM, or something we don’t know about yet, you’ll add something to the conversation. Our students perform alongside world-class artists in jazz bands, symphony orchestras, and opera companies. Our faculty are engaged artist-scholars with wide professional connections. Come to Loyola, and find your sound.


SPECIAL THANKS Keyboard Festival and Piano Institute Committee: Joni Jensen, Igor Resnianski, Cara McCool Woolf Box Office/Ticket Sales:

Doug Albert, Cara McCool Woolf, Vance Woolf

Dinner and Housing Hosts: Andrea and Archie Brown, Darlene and Jody Dickerson, James Farrow, Anne Gauthier, Cherie Gauthier, Trenton Gauthier and Jen Dinwiddie, Margaret Place, Tom Melancon, Julie Nice and Herb Larson, Pamela Ricciardi, Barbara and Tom, Sands Loyola University Stage and Facilities Managers:

Jeff Zielinski, Priscilla Dardar, Clinton Walker, Philip Cramer

NOPI Scholarships:

Shearon and Paul Horton, Igor Resnianski

Master Classes Sponsor:

Gauthier Family Foundation

Guest Artist Sponsors:

Dr. James Farrow, Drs. Emel and Ranney Mize

NOPI Solo Competition Prize Sponsors:

Alan Chow, David Greenhouse and Seth Latimer, Machelle Johnson

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NOPI Concerto Competition Sponsor: Hall Piano Company and the Steinway Society of New Orleans Piano Technician:

Matt McWilliams


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2019 New Orleans Keyboard Festival & Piano Institute Program Book  

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