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 Colorwww.nola.gov/nordc/employment .
- 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 www.nola.gov/nordc.
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 nola.gov/nordc.