We are so proud to be an all Steinway festival.
And yes, we will continue have our beach day, dolphin cruise & Chihuly treat!
My time at RPPF 2016 and 2017 has truly been some of the best weeks of both my musical and personal life. The incredible inspiration, vitality, and generosity that I received during the festival was the result of Rebecca Penneys' leadership, the high level of the faculty, and the organization of Tabitha and administration. The amalgamation of frequent lessons (almost daily if one desires), an abundance of performance opportunities (I played on WUSF radio, a student showcase concert, and two Ambassador Performance Concerts), and many creative special topics classes on specific topics, led to a culture of intellectual progression and emotional creativity. In addition, there were fun off-days on the weekend that included a relaxing beach day, a dolphin cruise and visit to the Chihuly Museum. I am touched by the creation of such a festival - it is truly a "gift" by Rebecca Penneys and all the faculty and volunteers involved; not only is it tuition free, but you can deeply feel that the faculty is genuinely invested in your growth and journey. Out of the plethora of internationally esteemed music festivals that I have attended, I can say with conviction and clarity that RPPF is inimitable and by far my favorite festival experience. Thank you so much to Rebecca Penneys, the amazing faculty, and Tabitha - I am grateful beyond words.
--- Andrew Yang, Mannes School of Music, USA
Build your future at RPPF!
The purpose of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival is to understand and encourage the uniqueness of each student’s talents and career goals. My personal mission is to promote a creative and successful enhancement to the traditional academic school year, to create a kind of Turkish Bazaar for pianists, tuition-free for everyone. Our program offers an exceptional and exciting mixture of traditional and innovative classes, lessons and concerts with an international multi-generational faculty and LEGACY guests. We offer all the lessons and practice time (7:30 am to midnight) you could wish for. There are daily lessons, classes and wonderful performance opportunities. Students design their own course of study and may have lessons and classes with as many teachers as possible, even every day! Unique to RPPF is the opportunity for each pianist to have private lessons from 16-19 artist-teachers on all aspects of learning and performing repertoire. Our class themes are broadly as follows but we also have short Special Topic sessions almost daily. Special Topic Classes cater to the students' needs. A list of our traditional Special Topics classes is below.
Motion and Emotion: How to use physical motions in playing to achieve maximum emotional expression. The focus is on solving musical and technical problems and developing fluent and efficient practice and performance skills.
Mind-Body Tune Up: Techniques for efficient learning skills and stress management that will help give the best results in practice and performing and also Attention and Memory Training
Master Class: Performance in a public forum followed by advice on improving interpretation, performance skills and coping with performance anxiety
Piano Q&A Forum: Informal meeting with faculty and guest artists for unscripted discussion
Principles of Interpretations: Theory as Emotion. How musical structure collaborates with musical instinct.
Understanding Styles: How to incorporate historical views on musicianship, articulation and pedaling into interpretation and performance practice.
Wellness and Wholeness: Techniques that develop and promote physical well-being and emotional freedom at the keyboard. Includes discussion of your specific questions and problems.
LEGACY - The Voice of the Piano: Appreciate our legacy and experience the great tradition of the golden age of pianism through discussion, film and live performance. Learn how sound expresses emotion and individuality.
Special Topics: 2017 classes will include sessions on Etudes, Improvisation, Attention & Memory, Theory as Emotion, Sight-reading, Pedaling, Baroque Dance steps, learning new music, and whatever else you would like to cover.
Steinway pianos made possible by the University of South Florida & the Music Gallery