Fun with NORDC: Family Fun Walk to celebrate Park and Rec Month _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

NORDC piano instruction supervisor Cordell Chambliss said, “When I see the faces of youth and adults light up and get excited about playing the piano, I feel a great deal of accomplishment and self-satisfaction.”

As his students prepare for public recitals beginning Monday, Chambliss reflects on the more than 30 years he has shared his gift of music.

Chambliss earned a degree in instrumental music education from Southern University at New Orleans and has taught piano at NORDC for 30 years. He also performs and is a recording artist. Last year, he released with Minister Jo “Cool” Davis the CD “Live in Church.”

He is the recipient of both a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Gospel Is Alive Award and a Big Easy Music Award.

The NORDC piano program benefits from the passion and dedication of Chambliss and his team of professional instructors. The program is important because music education is a powerful tool in strengthening academic, physical and social skills, enhancing self-discipline and patience, and boosting self-esteem.

NORDC offers free individual and group lessons to New Orleans residents 6 and older each spring, summer and fall.

The public is invited to attend the spring recitals Friday at Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St.; Monday at Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd.; Tuesday at Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.; and Wednesday, May 20, at Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St. All recitals are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Piano lesson registration dates for the summer season, which runs from June 15 to Aug. 7, are June 8 at Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St.; June 9 at Behrman Rec Center, 2529 General Meyer Ave. and Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St.; June 10 at Sanchez Rec Center, 1616 Caffin St.; June 11 at Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd., and Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.; and June 12 at Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. Registration takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all locations.

  • LIFEGUARD JOBS: Lifeguarding is a great opportunity for responsible and personable people 16 and older to learn job skills, earn money and make friends. NORDC provides thorough training for applicants. For details, visit Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText .
  • SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION: NORDC’s 39 youth summer camps offer recreational, cultural and academic programming. Camps also provide free breakfast, lunch, swimming lessons and field trips. For details, visit

SENIOR SOCIAL POTLUCK: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. The potluck social features performances from NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Senior Dance Fitness Program, the Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics champions for the past three years; NORDC Senior Choir; and NORDC Senior Piano Students.

  • MOVIES IN THE PARK: The movies start at sunset, 7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., but people can go early for field games at 6 p.m. and fitness activities with Fit NOLA Parks instructors at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: “The Hunger Games” at Lemann Playground, 628 N. Claiborne Ave.
  • Saturday: “He’s Just Not That Into You” at Joe W. Brown Park, 5601 Read Blvd.
  • Victor N. Richard III is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For more information, visit