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June 2 - June 14, 2019

Welcome!

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, Jose Ramon Mendez, Hyeyoung Song
• Assistant Faculty: Stephen Lee, Linda Suzuki
• Guest Artist Faculty: Roberto Plano, Logan Skelton
• 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

Tuition


$2500 - includes room and all meals for two weeks; five private lessons; entrance to all concerts, lectures and courses; and two field trips

Scholarships


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.

Applicant Eligibility


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 19, 2019 to receive a $100 tuition discount
Final Deadline: May 15, 2019. For more information, please contact us at: palmettopianofestival@gmail.com.


Faculty

Amy E. GustafsonDirector, Artist Faculty
DIRECTOR, GIJON INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
D.M.A. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
M.M. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
B.M. MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Dr. Jose Ramon MendezArtist Faculty
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
D.M.A., M.M., B.M., MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Hyeyoung SongArtist Faculty
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, WEATHERFORD COLLEGE
B.M. AND M.M. EWHA WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY
D.M.A. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
ARTIST DIPLOMA TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Assistant Faculty

Linda SuzukiAssistant Faculty
B.M. BIOLA UNIVERSITY
M.M. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Stephen LeeAssistant Faculty
B.M. OBERLIN CONSERVATORY
CURRENTLY M.M. AT THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL

Guest Artists

Logan SkeltonGuest Artist
PROFESSOR OF PIANO, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Roberto PlanoGuest Artist
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PIANO, INDIANA UNIVERSITY



Paul NitschGuest Artist
CAROLYN G. MCMAHON PROFESSOR OF MUSIC AND THE MACAVITY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT QUEENS COLLEGE

Application/Recording Due Date:
April 15, 2019.

Click here to complete the online application form

For more information, please contact us at: palmettopianofestival@gmail.com



Entrance Requirements


• Age 11 - 17 (or 18 if student has not yet attended college).
• Application & Application Fee
•Recording

Recording


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.

Repertoire Suggestions


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 palmettopianofestival@gmail.com. All selections for performance must be memorized. Works in progress can be memorized, but it is not required.

Upcoming Performances

Sunday, June 02, 2019Registration and Orientation MeetingMemorial Hall - Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
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Thursday, June 06, 2019Workshop/Master Class at Early Keyboard FestivalCarolina Music MuseumGreenville, South Carolina
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Friday, June 07, 2019Master Class by Paul NitschMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaTBD
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Saturday, June 08, 2019Jose Ramon Mendez in recitalMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaTBD
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Monday, June 10, 2019Logan Skelton in recitalMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaTBD
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019Roberto Plano in recitalMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolinatickets...
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Thursday, June 13, 2019Master Class by Roberto PlanoMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
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Friday, June 14, 2019Young Performers in RecitalMemorial Hall at Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
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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 times is also unique to PIPF.

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:

http://www.erskine.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Erskine_CampusMap.pdf
For more information, contact Dr. Amy E. Gustafson at:
palmettopianofestival@gmail.com


Music Facilities at Erskine College