Since its establishment in 1999, the Hicks/Chernysheva-Hicks Piano Performance Academy has produced students of uniquely high levels of artistry and technique. Students from this academy have been the recipients of the highest local, regional, statewide and national awards. Several of our students have capitalized on their training here to further their studies at the collegiate level and at advanced music institutions such as Interlochen and Juilliard. The majority of our students who have gone on to become outstanding performers came to us as beginners or as students with limited or poor backgrounds whose potential as pianists had been neglected. Our success has been built on our ability to direct and develop that potential in our students.