INDIANAPOLIS - The University of Indianapolis is partnering with the American Pianists Association for an artist-in-residence program. The university says the agreement, which will begin in the 2017-2018 academic year, will create opportunities for students and the community to experience world-class musical talent.

The agreement states that the winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards in classical music will serve as artist-in-residence at the university during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. The artist will conduct guest lectures, master classes, public performances and private lessons for students, among other activities. The artist will also perform a concert with the UIndy Chamber Orchestra.

"Our collaboration with the University of Indianapolis is one of the most exciting developments to have come forth at American Pianists Association in recent years," said Joel Harrison, chief executive officer and artistic director for the APA. "I have worked with UIndy in numerous ways since my earliest years at APA, and I am especially delighted to have this entrepreneurial program come to life in such a creative way, thanks to the support and vision of the UIndy administration and faculty at all levels."

UIndy's Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center will host a key part of the competition that will determine the American Pianists Awards winner. The five finalists for the 2017 award will perform the world premiere of a commissioned piece by composer Judith Zaimont on April 3, 2017.

The agreement also includes radio broadcasts from APA events on UIndy's public station WICR-FM. 

"Our two organizations share a belief in the power of music and the arts to enrich lives, strengthen communities and make an impact in the wider world," said UIndy President Robert Manuel. "With our combined resources, we can enhance the educational experience for UIndy students while also creating and supporting new cultural opportunities throughout the city and beyond."