A unique program of intensive piano study designed for middle and high school students who are serious about piano playing. Set on the beautiful campus of Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina, PIPF offers a focused environment for concentrated study; a family-like atmosphere with a lot of individual attention; mentorship and lessons from the highest caliber faculty; master classes and recitals by world-renowned guest pianists; and the opportunity to perform on the beautiful concert Steinway in Memorial Hall at Erskine College as well as in a recital in Greenville, South Carolina at the Carolina Music Museum.
• Artist Faculty: Dr. Amy Gustafson, Hyeyoung Song
• Assistant Faculty: Linda Suzuki
• Guest Artist Faculty: Xun Pan, Logan Skelton, Jose Ramon Mendez, Paul Nitsch
• 3 Guest Artist Recitals
• 5 private lessons
• Daily light group exercise
• Supervised daily practice
• Miniature courses on music theory, critical listening, practice methods, & piano literature
• 2 Field trips to Greenville, SC and other surrounding areas of interest
• Student recitals in Memorial Hall at Erskine College and in Greenville, South Carolina at the Carolina Music Museum
$2500 - includes room and all meals for two weeks; five private lessons; entrance to all concerts, lectures and courses; and two field trips
Significant scholarships will be awarded based on merit and need. If you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships, please include a letter with your application explaining why you should be considered.
Middle and high-school students, ages 11 to 17 (or 18 if student has not attended college), who are studying the piano seriously. Enrollment is limited to twelve highly qualified applicants.
Application/Recording Due Date
Apply by April 15, 2021 to receive a $100 tuition discount
Final Deadline: May 1, 2021. For more information, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Age 11 - 17 (or 18 if student has not yet attended college).
• Application & Application Fee
The recording must include at least two (2) contrasting works, representing the best of applicant's level and artistry. The total length of recording should be between 10 and 25 minutes. Pieces can, but do not have to be, the same pieces for the festival. Pieces must be performed by memory.
At least two contrasting pieces and one etude must be ready to play at performance level for the festival. In addition, participants are encouraged to bring extra pieces that are works in progress. Any questions about repertoire should be directed to Dr. Gustafson at email@example.com. All selections for performance must be memorized. Works in progress can be memorized, but it is not required.
Monday, July 05, 2021Registration and Orientation MeetingMemorial Hall at Erskine College
Friday, July 17, 2020Final RecitalMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
Thursday, July 16, 2020Master Class by Paul NitschMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
Wednesday, July 15, 2020Final RecitalTBAGreenville, South Carolina
Tuesday, July 14, 2020Master Class by Jose Ramon MendezMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaFree and open to the public.TBA
Monday, July 13, 2020Recital of Piano Music by Jose Ramon MendezMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaFree and open to the public.more info...
Saturday, July 11, 2020Master Class by Xun PanMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
Friday, July 10, 2020Recital of Piano Music by Xun PanMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaAll Beethoven program
Thursday, July 09, 2020Master Class by Logan SkeltonMemorial HallDue West, South Carolina
Wednesday, July 08, 2020Recital of Piano Music by Logan SkeltonMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaFree and open to the public.
Monday, July 06, 2020Recital by Duo AzulMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
Sunday, July 05, 2020Registration Meeting and OrientationTBADue West, South CarolinaFor participants of the festival only.
Sunday, July 05, 2020Opening Festival DinnerMoffat Dining Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaFor festival participants and their parents.
Friday, June 14, 2019Young Performers in RecitalMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
Thursday, June 13, 2019Master Class by Roberto PlanoMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
Wednesday, June 12, 2019Roberto Plano in recitalMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
Tuesday, June 11, 2019Lecture by Logan SkeltonMemorial Hall at Erskine College
Monday, June 10, 2019Logan Skelton in recitalMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaTBD
Sunday, June 09, 2019Master Class by Jose Ramon MendezMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeRepertoire TBD
Saturday, June 08, 2019Jose Ramon Mendez in recitalMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaTBD
Friday, June 07, 2019Master Class by Paul NitschMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaTBD
Thursday, June 06, 2019Visit to the Carolina Music Museum in Greenville, South CarolinaCarolina Music MuseumGreenville, SC
Sunday, June 02, 2019Registration and Orientation MeetingMemorial Hall - Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
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: