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Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival
Tuition-Free at the University of South Florida, Tampa
“RPPF is my gift to all collegiate pianists.” – Rebecca Penneys
Young and old pianists from all over the world come together to explore the many voices of piano tradition – our aural history.
From Our Legacy Artists
“Please look at this festival and apply. It will be one of your great experiences and you will always remember it.” – Lydia Artymiw
“There is a particularly delightful atmosphere here among the community of faculty and students. The whole level of caring is on the highest level.”
– Jerome Lowenthal
“I have been bowled over by the quality of the students. They represent the best of all schools.” – Ursula Oppens
“I don’t know of any other festival quite like this. The fact that it is tuition-free is a miracle.” – Ann Schein
I wanted to express my gratitude to you for the whole festival experience. It was indeed a memorable time, and it was splendid to meet so many other pianists and to have such an intense concentration of lessons, masterclasses, and classes of various kinds. I could hardly have imagined a more immersive and musically nourishing environment, and I highly appreciate all your efforts in making this possible. I felt so honored to be a part of this. The whole event, with its myriad of events, was incredibly well-organized and artfully arranged, and I will continue to glowingly relate it to my friends, colleagues, and teachers! I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to study with you and take part in this one-of-a-kind festival. RPPF was quite a fruitful, formative, and fulfilling experience. Again, thank you so much!
– Bethany Brinson (USA) Indiana University Bloomington
I write to you to thank you for the amazing experience I had at RPPF 2019! I have genuinely never been to another festival that offered so many lessons with so many teachers, on top of masterclasses, concerts, and the best fun days! I can really tell how much effort and care you put into making sure that each of us had the most enjoyable experience. I hope to come back again!
– Angeni Wang (Canada), Eastman School of Music
I have been to a music program every summer for the last nine years. I can confidently say that Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival is one of the best. It provides an array of opportunities which cultivate all sides of a student’s artistry, whether it be the classes with world renowned faculty, performances in beautiful spaces and live radio, or the supportive artistic community. Each time I go back to RPPF, I am pushed to expand my perspective. I wouldn’t be the musician I am today if it were not for RPPF.
– Stephen Joven-Lee (Philippines), Juilliard
Both RPPF and RPPF Mini impacted me tremendously. I gained more confidence in performing and giving presentations; I developed enthusiasm for unknown and less known music; I started opening my ears for all kinds of new sound; last but least, I got to know something about the professional world. I deeply thank RPPF for planting these seeds in my heart and now I have become a better musician!
– Zixiang Wang (China), U of Michigan – Ann Arbor