2019 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival


Welcome to our 8th season!

July 7-27, 2020

Tuition-Free at University of South Florida, Tampa

Applications for RPPF and MINI open November 1st


RPPF 2019 Souvenir Book

International Piano Magazine 2019 named RPPF as

"part of this summer's top crop of international music festivals"


#RPPF2018 Souvenir


Apply here for Mini 2020 



 RPPF 2018 Pianists

 RPPF 2019 - click for names



"It was a wonderful experience to work in such a stimulating environment and a superb facility. I take my hat off to Rebecca for her leadership and vision. It is a great opportunity for the fortunate students chosen to participate with full tuition scholarship.   ---Yong Hi Moon, Artist Faculty, Peabody Conservatory


Thank you so much for RPPF! I miss it every day and I can honestly say it has been one of the happiest, enriching and valuable experiences of my life. I miss the festival every day. Practicing at home now, I feel the effects of everything I've learned from the guest artists and my peers and I'm still smiling and feeling buoyed by the bright and motivated spirit of everyone at RPPF. Thank you for organizing and building this incredible festival and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of it!! I'm so grateful!!         ---Natalie Pang, Eastman School of Music, Canada


Both RPPF and RPPF Mini impacted me tremendously: I gained more confidence in performing and giving presentations; I developed enthusiasm for unknown or less known music; I started opening my ears for all kinds of new sound; last but least, I got to know how the professional world would be like, and since then I have pushed myself to step out and do real jobs (accompanying, collaborating, teaching and performing). I deeply thank RPPF for planting the seeds in my heart and now I become a better musician!    ---    Zixiang Wang, UMich Ann Arbor, China



RPPF: Where pianists unlock the keys to their dreams




is unique in the world of piano instruction. A multi-generation international and renowned faculty teaches technique and musicianship in a traditional and innovative context while embracing creative and holistic concepts in learning, health and human potential. We are a tuition-free festival!  In our intimate and spectacular environment with all new Steinway pianos, everyone has the luxury of a dazzling array of daily lessons, classes and performance opportunities. RPPF is for serious aspiring pianists enrolled in school. Participants are expected to be in residence for the entire festival and must be fluent in English. Most participants have a semester's worth of lessons in just three weeks.


Our official age range is 18-29. If you are younger or older and still wish to apply please contact us before applying. If you are a teacher and would like to attend, we welcome you. We encourage everyone to join our e-list. Click for contact info



   See the penny? Use it or or lose!




is a non-profit 501c3. Donations fund the festival, the Ambassador Performance Series, and also cover expenses for students, faculty and guests. Your gifts are our only source of income; they are tax deductible. I want to thank each one of you for your support. We hope you will stay involved with these remarkable young pianists! DONATE or VOLUNTEER and join our e-list.






I am so pleased with the success of our festival! With the help of terrific colleagues, our beautiful home at the University of South Florida, and strong support from the Tampa Bay community, fabulous inspiration, energy and dedication has made RPPF into a remarkable, glorious and unique festival. RPPF, the sequel to my NY program, is for serious pianists with big aspirations. Our memory and legacy videos will give you a feel for what we do in this paradise. I invite you to apply to RPPF where you can explore your identity as a pianist, get your questions answered, and freely and truly find the space to develop your artistic dreams. Come to Florida, join us, immerse yourself in piano, and enjoy our spectacular location and facility. RPPF is tuition-free. It is my gift to all young outstanding pianists.      -Rebecca Penneys







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


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