Why should I apply for Palmetto International Piano Festival instead of any other of a number of excellent festivals available?
The environment of high expectations coupled with the encouraging, family-like atmosphere, is unique to the Palmetto International Piano Festival. Many other festivals are either too "lax" in their approach or, the opposite, have too much of a competitive feel to them. The small size of the festival allows for a lot of individual attention for each participant, and the guest artists work closely with each student, unlike larger festivals where only a select few get to interact with invited guests. The opportunity for all participants to perform three or more times is also unique to PIPF. Lastly, we do not have a competitive element in this festival. All participants are, in essence, part of the same family for two weeks, pursuing excellence in piano playing together.
What will a typical day be like at PIPF?
The day will begin with group exercise and/or meditation. A family-style breakfast will follow. There are two practice sessions, one morning practice session and one afternoon session, so each day, participants will have 4 to 6 hours to practice. In addition, each day there will be a special event, such as a master class, a miniature course, or an outing. The evenings will consist of attending guest artist recitals, or other special events, such as performance classes or group and social activities.
What airport should I fly into?
The closest airport is Greenville-Spartanburg airport or GSP. Festival participants who fly into this airport will be offered transportation to the college.
We are driving to this festival. How do we get to Erskine College?
How to get to Due West from Atlanta (2.5 hours)
Follow I-85 North into South Carolina
Take Exit 11 in SC (Hwy. 24 Anderson/Townville)
Follow Hwy 24 for 12 miles to Anderson
Right on Bypass 28 at Burger King
Right at fifth light onto Hwy 28
Go four miles, take left fork onto Hwy. 185
Follow Hwy. 185 for 16 miles to Due West
How to get to Due West from Columbia (1 hour from I-26)
Follow I-26 West out of Columbia
Take Exit 54, left on Hwy. 72 for 27 miles to Coronaca
Turn right at light onto Hwy. 246
Follow Hwy. 246 for 10 miles to Hodges
246 will merge with Hwy. 178
In Donalds, turn left at flashing light onto Hwy. 184
Follow Hwy. 184 for four miles to Due West
How to get to Due West from Greenville/Spartanburg/Charlotte (45 minutes from Greenville)
Follow I-85 to Exit 46 in Greenville
Follow Hwy. 25 South, turn right on Hwy. 76
Follow Hwy. 76 seven miles to Honea Path
Left at first light onto Hwy. 178
Five miles to Donalds, turn right at flashing light
Follow Hwy. 184 four miles to Due West
How can I find the music building where the festival will be held?
Please refer to the campus map, downloadable here: