The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival is held at the University of South Florida in Tampa, just thirty minutes from the Tampa International Airport. The campus is large, beautiful, very safe and easy to navigate on foot. There are beautiful spots everywhere! A free campus bus runs frequently and goes to selected off-campus locations for excellent food and shopping.
The Music Building is a brand new modern and open structure stocked with new Steinway pianos and all the modern technology one could possibly wish for. The two concerts halls have beautiful and adjustable acoustics. The teaching studios, classrooms and practice rooms are attractive, well designed and plentiful. The soundproofing is great and the air conditioning is perfect and the natural light is so wonderful.
Food is easy to access on and off campus. There is an abundance of restaurants and food courts nearby as well as a great variety of reasonable and wonderful grocery stores and ethic places to eat or to get food to go. Malls and good shopping are everywhere!
The dorm is also brand new and very impressive with large rooms, new beds, and a maximum of four people to every bathroom. The A/C is individually controlled in each room. Each floor has a large common room with cable TV as well as a full kitchen with microwave, coffee maker, rice maker, etc. You may make your own meals or eat out. The dorm and the entire campus has free Wi-Fi that is fast and very reliable. Laundry facility are large, open all the time, and in the dorm. Rooms come with towels, linens, blankets and pillows. The facility is kept very clean.
There is ample cheap parking by the dorm and the music building.
"RPPF was a very inspirational and eye- opening experience for me. Getting to know such variety of highly talented and experienced professors and fellow students, has helped me to obtain a fresh perspective on my flaws and strengths as a pianist, allowing me to set new challenges. I had so much fun living on a university campus for the first time. USF is a beautiful place and has the best music building I have ever seen. The concert halls as well as its practice rooms are of amazing high quality. These past two-plus weeks were amazing. It was a real privilege to be here and I'm incredibly grateful to have been a part of it. Thank you!".....Maya Garcia, Colombia, EAFIT University
And don't forget to look up to see the spectacular clouds!