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Piano Studio Founder
Mrs. Irina Gorin has a far-reaching impact on music
in the State of Indiana! Every year, her piano students
win prizes in local, state, national, and international
competitions, including many prizes at the World
Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Graduating from music college in 1983, and the Conservatory
of Kharkov in 1989, she worked extensively as a teacher
in children’s music school in the Ukraine, developing
her own teaching method, before immigrating to the United
States in 1993, and establishing herself as a private
piano teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Mrs. Gorin currently has 30 students of her own and
50 that are taught by her faculty of advanced students,
graduates, and professional piano teachers. She also
offers group theory classes for all ages, teaching lessons,
and master classes for advanced students. Former students
are currently pursuing majors in Performance and Pedagogy
at Butler University, Ohio University, Hillsdale, and Pensacola
She currently teaches from her Carmel, Indiana home,
where she utilizes a classroom that is well equipped
for private lessons, group lessons, and sound recording.
Just off of this room, she maintains a waiting room
for her students’ parents and siblings, where
they can relax, read books and magazines, or watch television.
She has written a theory book for
use in teaching theory at all levels, and a piano method book of her own "Tales of a Musical Journey" .
Mrs. Gorin holds Masters Degrees in Piano Performance,
Piano Pedagogy, Chamber Ensemble, and Accompaniment.
Fortunate to have been born into a musical family, Olga's love for music developed very early with family gatherings around the piano, singing and playing ensembles. At the age of 5, after beginning to pick out tunes by ear, she was enrolled in formal lessons with a local Music College professor in Kherson, Ukraine.
In addition to developing her piano skills, Olga also displayed a love for singing and the creative art of composition, and at age 11 she had the opportunity to debut with an orchestra playing her original composition. Upon completing the Music School in Ukraine, Olga moved to US for her high school years.
During this time she gained extensive accompanying experience with choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as ensemble experience playing with an orchestra and jazz band. Olga went on to pursue Piano Performance at Wheaton College, where she continued her studies in composition and sang in choirs, musicals, and operas. She later transferred to Indiana University to complete her Bachelor's Degree. Her teachers include Galina Kartuzova, Elizabeth Seidel, Daniel Paul Horn, and Alexander Djordjevic. She has participated in master classes with Endre Hegedus and Olga Kern, who is still one of her biggest musical inspirations.
Olga loves teaching all ages and levels of piano, and finds it valuable to continue her personal musical growth through observation and participations in pedagogical organizations. She is passionate in guiding her students to achieve their potential and discover the artistry of musical expression through natural technique.
Natalia Sokolova is an award-winning teacher with 30
years of experience. She started her teaching career
after graduation with an associate degree in fortepiano
from the Kharkov Music & Theatre College in 1974.
While working, she went on to receive her Masters
Degree from the National Conservatory in Kharkov and
continued teaching in the Professional School of Music
for 20 years before coming to the United States.
Her extensive knowledge and experience allow her to
connect with students on many levels and lead them to
develop to the best of their abilities. Natalia’s
students have taken awards from local and international
competitions and many have chosen a career in piano
Tatyana holds various degrees from Russia and the United
States, including B.A. in Music & Theater Education
and M.A. in Executive Development for Public Services.
While living in Russia, Tatyana worked as a Music Teacher
and Assistant Principal at School of Aesthetical Education.
As a Music Teacher, she taught music history & theory,
piano, and choir for 7-14 year old children, engaging
them in musical plays, concerts, TV and Radio shows.
As an Assistant Principal she developed educational
programs for teachers and students and directed special
events for which has been honored with a number of awards
from the School district and the City Government.
In Indianapolis, she works as a teacher and a director
of special events at the New American’s school
at JCC. As a teacher, Tatyana develops unique music/theater
programs for 3-12 year old children, intended to stimulate
brain development. Every year her students participate
in musical plays and concerts.
Currently completing her Performer’s Diploma at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Haruka Ostojic has years of experience in teaching piano and music to various ages of different backgrounds, approaching each student uniquely to meet individual needs.
She has earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance at IU under the guidance of Professor Luba Edlina-Dubinsky. During her Master’s studies, she has been appointed as an associate instructor to teach undergraduates privately as well as group classes.
In Bloomington, Haruka is a teacher for the Young Pianists Program (a pre-college program) and also has served as an assistant director for Piano Academy of Indiana University.
I started taking piano lessons when I was just 6 years old. Since then, music has become
such a significant part of my everyday life that I can’t imagine
not playing piano. I enjoy playing the piano because
it gives me a sense of accomplishment, as I see
how my diligent practice helps me to move
quickly to more advanced pieces. Taking piano lessons also
gives me some skills that I can show to other people. One of the things I like the most about piano lessons is playing duets.
Haley is 17 years old and in the 11th grade. She has been a student of Mrs. Gorin for about 4 years. Haley has participated in various recitals and competitions throughout the last 4 years. She loves pieces that are written by the composer Grieg. In 2008, Haley had the opportunity to play at the World Piano Competition and counts this as one of her most memorable moments. Some of her other interest include participating in The Northpoint Choir, dancing, and playing Volleyball for the Northeastern Tigers.
2009 graduate. Purdue University
Carly is an honor student at Carmel High School. She has been studying with Irina Gorin for nine years and has competed successfully in ISSMA, CYO, IPTA, Matinee Musicale and the National Guild Auditions. Carly has performed several pieces during worship services at the church and has accompanied instrumentalists in other performances. She currently enjoys teaching beginning piano students for Irina Gorin Piano Studio.
2008 graduate. Duke University
Jason Jiang, 17, graduated from Carmel High School in 2008. He has
been taking piano ever since he was young, and has been a student of
Gorin's Piano Studio for five years. Jason enjoys piano very much, and
has competed and placed in numerous local, state, and national
competitions, including the World Piano Competition. Jason also plays
the viola, and was part of Carmel High School's symphony orchestra. In
his free time, he enjoys making music and spending time with his
friends. Jason will be attending Duke University in the fall of 2008
where he will pursue studies in pre-medicine.
Grieg. Concerto in a minor. First movement-Cadenza
2007 graduate. IU. Business School
Sylvia is a freshman at Indiana University with the intention of double majoring in Finance and Marketing and minoring in Political Science. For the past seven years, she has taken piano lessons from Mrs. Gorin where she had the opportunity to participate in numerous piano competitions and learn piano pedagogy. She really enjoyed her experiences teaching piano to beginners, and currently, during her spare time in college, enjoys practicing, even if it's just sightreading or playing songs from previous years.
Grieg. Sonata in e minor (1st movement).
2006 graduate. Hillsdale University. Piano Performance, English
I am Jami S. I was born and raised in Indiana, making me a homegrown Hoosier (my claim to fame). I have one younger brother, with whom I was homeschooled until I began the eighth grade at The Summit Academy, where I attended school until graduation.
When I was nine years of age, my parents decided it was appropriate for me to be educated in music. By the grace of God, I found myself taking piano lessons from Mrs. Gorin, and I have studied under her for the past nine years. Regretfully, I am no longer to study under her due to the fact that I am attending Hillsdale College this fall. I plan to continue my study in music there, in obtaining a minor in piano performance. It has been a true pleasure studying with Mrs. Gorin, and I feel that I have learned much over the course of the years. I eagerly anticipate my studies in college, and pray to have the opportunity to continue my musical education..
2006 graduate. Purdue University, Science
I have studied piano for about 10 years with
Mrs. Gorin. My favorite music to play is from the Romantic
period. I also enjoy contemporary music. I have participated
in various piano competitions such as the Matinee Musicale,
National Guild auditions, CYO, and Hoosier Auditions.
A few of the competitions I have won include the Matinee
Musicale, and as a winner of Hoosier Auditions I went
to the state level at Ball State University.
In addition to playing, I had also participated in a theory
class taught by Mrs. Gorin. It had been very useful
in my piano study. I also took Mrs. Gorin’s Piano
Pedagogy class (a class where we learn how to teach
piano ourselves). I now have nine students who are young
beginners. It has been fun to help young children catch
my love of music. It has also been helpful for me in
my personal playing, because it helps me catch and know
how to fix my own errors quicker and easier than I used
to be able to do.
Although I do not major in piano , I have really enjoyed the experience
of piano playing and teaching, and it will always have
a special place in my heart.
Nocturne C# minor
2005 graduate. Butler University, Piano Pedagogy
For the past 4 years I have had the privilege of taking
piano lessons from Irina Gorin, and have gone from thinking
of piano as a mere hobby to seeing it as my future career.
Through her private piano lessons, she has truly opened
up the world of music to me. Although I had already
studied piano with various teachers for 10 years, when
I started with Mrs. Gorin I began to see music as much
more than notes and rhythms. She worked with me to develop
technique skills, artistic expression, and an understanding
of music theory. I also discovered the joy of teaching
through her apprenticeship training program for advanced
students. Through this program, I learned far more by
watching an expert at work than I could have learned
in years of teaching on my own. As Mrs. Gorin saw my
growing interest and talent in teaching, she began to
encourage me toward my present goal of studying piano
pedagogy at Butler University. As one who came from
a nonmusical family, I can testify that this never would
have come about without the influence of Irina Gorin,
who was not only my piano teacher, but also a very special
mentor in my life.
Nocturne E Minor
2005 graduate. Butler University, Piano Performance
My name is Eriko Sese. I am majoring in Pharmacy and Piano at Butler University since the fall of 2005. Mrs. Gorin has taught me so much over the past years and has helped me to develop a sense of what music is to me. She has influenced and encouraged me to continue learning throughout my life. Music will always be a part of my life, and I plan on excelling further in piano. I have been participating in various competitions over the past few years including: CYO, the Carmel Arts Council, Matinee Musicale, IMTA, the Hoosier Competition, World Piano Competition, MTNA, and ISSMA. I have won CYO, Carmel Arts Council, Matinne Musicale, IMTA, and World Piano Competition.
2005 graduate. Indiana University - Purdue University
Christen’s musical focus has been her gift and
love for piano. From an early age there was an obvious
talent, which Christen has developed through disciplined
practice as well as outstanding training. Lessons became
a part of her life at age 7 and she has been associated
for the past ten years with one of the finest of teachers,
Irina Gorin. Through this association, Christen has
begun her own piano instruction and currently teaches
eight students on a weekly basis as well as three beginning
theory classes, training over thirty students on a monthly
basis. Her favorite composers are Grieg, Debussy, and
Chopin and she enjoys playing music from the Romantic
and Contemporary periods.
Christen has won several competitions highlighted
by an award of a full scholarship to a week long Butler
Piano Camp and second place in level 10 in the Young
Artist World Piano Competition giving her the privilege
of playing in Carnegie Hall this October. Christen also
studies music theory and pedagogy as a part of pursuing
her passion for music.
2005 graduate. Pensacola Christian College, Piano Pegagogy
Born in Russia on August 21 st, 1985. I came to America in 1998 and have been here for 7 years. I started taking piano lessons when I was 14 years old. I have been taking piano lessons for four and a half years and I like themvery much. I am amazed at the talent that God gave me of playing the piano and that Mrs. Gorin was able to show me that I have it and develop it in me. In my spare time I like to hang out with my friends, read books, cross-stitch and do scrap-booking.
Bach. Prelude in D
2004 graduate. Butler University, Piano Performance
I started taking piano lessons when I was about five
years old. Although I enjoyed playing, I didn't take
music very seriously until I got to high school. When
I was about 14, I started taking lessons with Mrs.Gorin.
Mrs. Gorin inspired me through her love of music and
her excellent teaching. Over the next five years she
helped my playing abilities to grow and also
coached me as I learned to teach beginning students.
By my senior year I was considering pursuing further
education in music.
Right now I am currently a senior at Butler University with
a major in piano performance. On the side, I enjoy teaching beginning piano students. I am thankful for everything that Mrs. Gorin has done to prepare me for where I am