Our festival home has two beautiful new halls, an intimate recital hall, and a large hall, pictued below. Both are equipped with new American and German Steinway concert pianos and the latest technology for teaching and recording.


We offer abundant student and faculty free concerts, and delight in our LEGACY series






Exploring Legacy is about carrying the light forward for piano traditions. Legacy has many facets but is always about young and older pianists from all over the world coming together to explore the many voices of the piano, an aural history. Teaching and performing traditions change over time. Often while moving forward from one century to the next, old and cherished traditions are lost while new ones arrive. Our Legacy classes visit with giants of the keyboard, eminent pianists and pedegogues who have the unique and privileged vantage point of age and wisdom spanning a century or more. We share personal stories, the golden age of piano and the art of piano playing in video, and live recitals and masterclasses.




RPPF Ambassador Performing Series

Showcase Concerts



The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival and Friends of Piano is dedicated to helping all RPPF participants and alumni with individual performance and career goals. The Ambassador Performing Series, inaugurated in 2013, presents RPPF pianists in concert throughout the Tampa Bay area in ten different performance venues during the course of the festival. Also included are two performances at WUSF FM radio live. Our goal is to help fine young pianists find their unique and distinctive niche in the world of music. All pianists accepted into RPPF are able to take part in the Ambassador Series. RPPF Showcase Concerts are held at USF and are weekend events. They feature RPPF pianists in a more formal setting followed by a reception. A complete listing of free concerts is available here.




2016 Ambassador Pianists





     Soiree Series and  LEGACY




Rebecca Penneys, Alan Chow, Tabitha Columbare, Tannis Gibson, Christopher Harding, Eunmi Ko,

Norman Krieger, Michael Lewin, Roberta Rust, Omri Shimron, Boris Slutsky, Barry Snyder, Mayron Tsong,

Blanca Uribe, Benjamin Warsaw




     Photo (L to R): Rebecca Penneys, Benjamin Warsaw, Eunmi Ko,Omri Shimron


Our annual Extravaganza showcases what pianists and pianos do for fun. The music is light hearted and combines original and arranged works.






 "I really enjoyed the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival. The environment provided by the lovely USF campus and friendly staff was excellent. Professor Penneys and all other teachers helped us all so much, not only in playing the piano, but also in personal and professional life decisions. RPPF provided me with many great performing opportunities such as guest master classes and outreach Ambassador concerts. It was truly an unforgettable experience for me"...........          Xiao Wang, China, University of North Texas


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