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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
Having had the privilege to attend RPPF for two seasons, I am immensely grateful for its impact on my musical and personal growth that extends far beyond the few wonderful weeks spent in Florida. This unique festival brings together passionate and brilliant students as colleagues, and many luminaries as teachers who expose us to a multitude of approaches on the piano, while sharing their enlightening perspectives on music and art as a whole. The legacy forums, lessons, master classes, performances and on-going musical exchanges inspire us invaluably on our journey in finding our own voice and “fingerprint” as Ms. Penneys reminds us. I will always think of RPPF as a truly special place for aspiring pianists to grow more into their own as artists and people. Thank you for the gift of RPPF!
– Dane Ko (Hong Kong), U of Toronto
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