2024 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival

June 27 - July 17, 2024
Tuition-Free at University of South Florida, Tampa

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Piano Doc Virtual

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Welcome to Piano Doc Virtual, an informal online session to help all of you realize your dreams and be your own sunshine. This might be useful for audition, competition or recital preparation as well as for other persistent musical and technical issues.

As in all lessons, I will use a Talk-Play-Teach format to help you with your questions and concerns. If you want, I can even tell you about my remarkable mentors and thier piano lineage and heritage: Victoria Front, Aube Tzerko, Rosina Lhevinne, Arthr Rubinstein, Gyorgy Sebok, and Menahem Pressler!

To schedule a session, send in this SHORT FORM. Please be a serious pianist, whether aspiring profsssional or amateaur, at least 15 years old, and have a Zoom set-up at the piano. Once your session is scheduled, the Zoom link will be sent.

FEE:  You will be invited to make a gift (the amount to be determined) to RPPF via PayPal or Venmo. Thank You!

From my perspective, flexibility is key in everything piano. Piano is a journey into yourself through sound, love, excitement, education, change and enormous beauty. Like the solar system, we are always in motion. Join me to explore imagination in all aspects of piano. Take the leap, jump in, and catch the magic!

Hope to see and hear you on Zoom!   –Rebecca Penneys


Summer 2024

All of us have dreams. Sometimes they are sounds; sometimes they are ideas, stories, or visions. They can pop in at night, in daylight as daydreams, or present themselves as various fragments at any time over many weeks, months or even years. They can be vague; they can be vivid; they can be recurrent.

Each summer RPPF sets the stage for special projects to help participants find, hear, and follow their unique inner voices. We try to help you step through new thresholds into your own space so your dreams can be born and nourished. We encourage you to find that place of magic, that bridge or pathway, that links what you have with what you want.

We hope these extra opportunities will guide exploration of more diverse and less traditional career paths as well as different modalities of musical expression. 

Dreamscape 2024 will feature SoundStories by some of our eminent guest faculty. They will share part of their journey about how they found their voice and charted their particular career paths. We have also engaged Arthur Murray Dance Studio Instructors to teach and share basic steps of the various dance forms that are prevalent in our piano repertoire. Both should be interesting, highly personal, and lots of fun.

Watch & Study

RPPF’s Watch & Study provides an opportunity for teachers, students, and piano lovers to observe a variety of RPPF events and classes. You may be able to receive one or two private lessons during a limited time frame with our unique staff who are all wonderful and successful pianist-teachers.

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. Rates are listed here. 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



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

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