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international piano competitionLawrence D. Porter, M.M.
Director - Founder of the World International Piano Competition

Mr. Porter has long been involved in both the performance and teaching of music.  He is a concert and jazz pianist and an organist, and has been invited to perform around the country.  As a music educator he has taught at Texas Christian University, the University of Northern Arizona, Antioch College (Ohio) and in Santa Fe teaches privately as well as with Santa Fe Community College.  Mr. Porter has 30+ years experience with piano and music competitions, having won his first competition in 1970 at the Arkansas State Music Teachers National Association, and since then performed at competitions in Texas, Colorado, Paris and at the Van Cliburn International Amateur Competition.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Northern Arizona University, and has done Doctoral Studies at Arizona State University and the University of North Texas.  As Concert Technician, he has served with Steinway, Bosendorfer, Fazioli, Baldwin, Yamaha.    

piano competitionDr. Michael Baron, Chair of Adjudication

An award-winning concert pianist, Michael Baron performs over 40 concerts each year, including annual tours of Europe and engagements throughout the United States, Asia, and South America. Equally at home as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestra, and a chamber musician, Baron commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque compositions to world premieres of contemporary pieces. His virtuosity and musicianship regularly garner the highest critical acclaim. Baron received his doctorate in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University where he studied with the legendary American pianist Earl Wild. He also worked extensively in Italy with the renowned pianist Orazio Frugoni.

Dr. Baron serves as Professor of Music and Head of Keyboard Studies at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida . He is also Honorary Professor of Music at Yantai University and Hubei University in the People’s Republic of China. A distinguished educator, Baron has presented masterclasses and workshops at schools, festivals, and universities throughout the world. He regularly serves as a jurist on regional, national, and international piano competitions.

An acclaimed master teacher, Dr. Baron’s students regularly win competitions throughout the United States and abroad. He is a popular teacher and presenter for teacher groups. Baron is the director of summer music festivals in Italy. Performances in the past year have taken him to Peru, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, South Korea, and Serbia, as well as U.S. performances.

Dr. Michael R. Smith, Executive Director
Ph.D., University of Nevada-Reno
Evergreen, CO

Craig S. Shaw, Honorary Executive Director
Fairield, IA - Internet Publicity
Craig Shaw, Director of Computer Science Student Recruiting at Maharishi University of Management,
has spent his professional career connecting people around the world with
knowledge and experiences to inspire and improve their lives. He
brings his background as an aerospace engineer, professional academic
library administrator, and Internet marketing publicist into play as
he delights in informing members of our world family of previously
unknown opportunities for greater happiness and enjoyment of life. 

Ms. Mary Jo Nixon- Vice President
Marketing and Consulting
Juaquin, TX


Mrs. Frances McKelvy
Pianist, Consulting
Atlanta, Texas

Piano Competition Advisory Board

Phillip Kawin
Manhattan School of Music, NY

Dr. Noel Engebretson
Professor of Music
University of Alabama

Rheta Moazzami
Chair of Committee for The Los Alamos Competition
Los Alamos, New Mexico
James Horne
International Security
Horne Enterprises International
Atlanta, Texas

Grant Holland
Principal Engineer. Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Santa Fe, NM

Henry Joseph
New York, NY

Dr. Dorothy Lewis-Griffin
Pianist & Pedagogue

Peggy Abbott
Nice, France
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Roger Hathaway
Nice, France
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Cindy Robbins
Specialist, Non-Profits
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Greg Heltman
Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus
Santa Fe, NM

Carol Thompson
Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Santa Fe, NM

Charles Remple
Charles Pianos, Dealer for Steinway
Albuquerque, NM

Rev. Wayne Hammer
First Christian Church
Santa Fe, NM

Reese Baker
Santa Fe, NM 

Martha Burgraff
Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Bill Rodway
Albuquerque, NM

Craig S. Shaw
Internet Publcity
Fairfield, IA


Abrams & Sarkissian, LLC
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Honorary Board Members of the World International Piano Competition

Mrs. Cleo Williamson
Dallas, Texas 

Natalie Sturdy
Marshall, Texas


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