2021 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival


Welcome to our 9th season!

July 6-25, 2021

Tuition-Free at University of South Florida, Tampa



Cooronavirus cancelled 2020 season therefore no Souvenir Book

RPPF 2019 Souvenir Book

International Piano Magazine 2019 named RPPF as

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


About 2021 Faculty

Moments from RPPF2019 & 2021 Preview


Connect with Mini

Mini 2019 & 2020



 RPPF 2018 Pianists

 RPPF 2019 - click for names


Professors Alan & Alvin Chow (Eastman & Oberlin) on RPPF


‘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


"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 (China), UMich Ann Arbor 



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 wish to apply please contact us before starting an application. By law, students under 18 must be accompanied at all times by a parent and may not be in the dorm. 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 as allowed by law. I want to thank each one of you for your support. We hope you will stay involved with these remarkable young pianists! Please 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 pianists with big aspirations. Our souvenir 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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