2023 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival

June 27 - July 17, 2023
Tuition-Free at University of South Florida, Tampa

Dreamscapes – Living our Mission

RPPF Mini addresses Strategies in Career Development. Pianists age 21-31 who are undergraduate seniors, graduate students, or who have just completed a graduate degree are invited to participate. During the festival, RPPF participants are encouraged to attend lectures by James Douthit, Dean, Hayes School of Music (ASU) cost-free. Additional help by zoom, face-time or email is available year-round from Dean Douthit, Professor Penneys or Team RPPF. The fee structure is below.

The purpose of RPPF-Mini is twofold:

  • To help you build a distinctive career skill-set.
  • To guide and shape the development of your professional profile.

Topics include:

  • Cover letter and CV
  • Telephone and live interviews
  • Personal philosophy
  • Lecture presentation and masterclass lesson
  • References and recording

Please email us to discuss your specific needs before registering. Your registration is non-refundable.

Fees for Mini Help

1 hour – $70
2 hours – $130
5 hours – $310
8 hours – $480

Register for RPPF Mini

Watch & Study

RPPF’s Watch & Study provides an opportunity for teachers, students, and piano lovers to observe a variety of RPPF events and classes and/or to receive a set number of private lessons during a limited time frame.

We can help you choose a package that fits your needs – from 1 day up to 5 days – to be arranged during the course of the summer festival.

This program is not tuition-free. Watch & Study is arranged on an individual basis with specific needs in mind. Rates are listed below. Registration is non-refundable. Participants must be fully vaccinated.

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, food, transportation, and parking.

To receive more information and to set up your own unique Watch & Study experience, please email us!

“I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful it was to visit you and RPPF last week. I am already missing the lively atmosphere of the festival. It was truly the highlight of my year. Thank You so much for arranging my impromptu visit, for making the time to work together and for your advice on steps I am taking at this stage of my life and career.” — (Canada) Dane Ko

Watch & Study Fees without lessons

1 Day Pass – $125
2 Day Pass – $250
3 Day Pass – $375
4 Day Pass – $500
5 Day Pass – $625


Colina Concerto Project

due to delta variant of corona virus with highest case numbers in Florida

RPPF is thrilled to present a contemporary concerto recording opportunity for selected RPPF Alumni. This event is scheduled for September 30 and October 1, 2021. The public is invited to the October 1st play-through and performance. Schedule to be posted soon.

My long-time friend and composer Michael Colina, has recently finished a lengthy 4-movement piano concerto that will be rehearsed, recorded, and performed at USF in Tampa. The project will take place in the USF Concert Hall with The Florida Orchestra conducted by Daniel Black (Resident Conductor of The Florida Orchestra). The October 1st sessions will be filmed as well as recorded.

All are welcome to attend.

This project is intended as a career builder for young pianists. Four pianists will each perform one movement. The soloists will receive national and international publicity and will also receive complimentary CD’s and DVD’s. Travel inside the USA, hotel, per-diem, and local transportation will be covered. The soloists are:

Mvt 1  – Lara Saldanha
Mvt 2 – Hanbo Ma
Mvt 3 – Sung-Soo Cho
Mvt 4 – Tak Yan Yeung

We hope to do more projects like this in the future!

Rebecca Penneys

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