Registration is required for participation in all NORD programming. Space in programs is limited and is granted on a first come first served basis. NORD does maintain a waiting list, and registrants on the waiting list are contacted when space in a program becomes available.


In the summer of 2023, NORD added to its complement of programs, the Artist in Residence Program with Music Artist Irvin Mayfield.   

NORD is excited to announce the NOLA Idol Program. We are in search of the next NOLA Idol!

Over the past year, NORD launched “Music 101” Program teaching teens the foundation of music and have also hosted an array of instrumental music classes along with audio engineering and beat making.  Grammy Award Winner, Irvin Mayfield and Ronald Markham provided hands-on instruction and learning to participants from across the city of New Orleans.  New Orleans has a rich history of many world-famous vocal artists. and we are now looking to find the city's next Idol!

This program, is open to all New Orleans Residents, ages 5 years and older, to complete in this vocal competition.

Details: TBA


Guest Judges include the Following NOLA Idols- Irvin Mayfield, Ronald Markham, Cyril Neville & David Batiste. There will also be other Surprise Guest Judges that are also NOLA Idols. 



There will be multiple winners of each Round. The winners of each Round will receive the following: 

  • Eligibility to compete in the City Wide Talent Show (September 2024)
  • Receive Professional Coaching in preparation for the Talent Show
  • Eligible for selection for the intergenerational City Wide Choir


Citywide Talent Show

The winners of Each Round will participate in the City-Wide Talent Show in September 2024

Winners of the Citywide Talent Show will receive a Cash Prize, continuation of professional coaching, Performances at local Festivals. 

How to Register:

You can become a part of this experience by registering here.

Piano Lessons

Have fun learning anew or brushing up on your piano skills. NORD offers individual and group lessons for ages 6 and older at all skill levels. Learn how to read music, proper playing technique, and elementary music theory.    

In-person piano classes for youth and adults are available this fall.  Registration is REQUIRED.  

Guitar Lessons

Want to move from air guitar to the real thing?  Come improve your solo by obtaining beginning guitar skills.  Learn how to properly hold the instrument, place fingers, and strike the strings.  Music enthusiasts ages 10+ welcome.  No previous experience necessary. 

Senior Choir 

Senior ages 55+ of all skills levels who like to sing and have fun are welcome. The Senior Choir performs regularly at NORD events in addition to senior centers, churches, and community events. New members are always welcome!  Registration is free and ongoing. Register at your rec center of choice. Add For more information or to register call (504) 658-3074 or email  


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