2023 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival

June 27 - July 17, 2023
Tuition-Free at University of South Florida, Tampa

Study. Learn.

Our spectacular and modern environment features all Steinway pianos and a dazzling array of daily lessons, classes, performance opportunities, and fun. Most students have about a semester’s worth of lessons.

Perform. Events.

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Artist Faculty

A multi-generational, internationally renowned faculty teaches technique and musicianship in both traditional and innovative contexts while embracing a holistic approach to learning, health, and human potential.

Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival

Tuition-Free at the University of South Florida, Tampa
“RPPF is my gift to all collegiate pianists.” – Rebecca Penneys

RPPF Highlights


Young and old pianists from all over the world come together to explore the many voices of piano tradition – our aural history.

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Check out our library of memories, projects, and endorsements!

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Facilities. Fun.

Enjoy USF’s beautiful music building and dorm. Join us for our annual dolphin cruise, Chihuly excursion, and beach day with sunset dinner.

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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

Student Endorsements

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

Being in RPPF was a very special and unique experience for me — lessons with the amazing faculty, listening and playing in masterclasses, watching the dolphins and fireworks at the beach… Moreover, I met with all these amazing young pianists from all over the world, and I will always cherish the moments when we talk, laugh, and play the piano together. I am truly grateful for having this opportunity to be in RPPF 10th anniversary.  Thank you!

– Isabella Jingshi Zhao (China), Cleveland Institute 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

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The Steinway pianos at USF are made possible by the kind assistance of the Music Gallery, Clearwater, Florida. THANK YOU!