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July 5 to July 17, 2022



To reserve tickets to our events, go to: https://palmetto-piano-festival.ticketleap.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNaKcScxhV4

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 a field trip to Greenville, South Carolina to tour the Sigal Music Museum.




• Artist Faculty: Dr. Amy Gustafson
• Assistant Teachers: Xiting Yang, Joonghun Cho
• Guest Artist Faculty: Roberto Plano, Jose Ramon Mendez, Matthew Manwarren, Steven Spooner
• 4 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 (dependent on COVID regulations)
• Student recitals in Memorial Hall at Erskine College and in Greenville, South Carolina at the Carolina Music Museum (depending on COVID regulations)

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


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.

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 15, 2022 to receive a $100 tuition discount
Final Deadline: May 15, 2022. For more information, please contact us at: palmettopianofestival@gmail.com.


Assistant Faculty

Joonghun ChoAssistant Teacher
Xiting YangAssistant Teacher
Uyen NguyenFellow

Faculty

Amy E. GustafsonDirector, Artist Faculty
DIRECTOR, GIJON INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
PROFESSOR OF PIANO, MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Jose Ramon MendezArtist Faculty
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Roberto PlanoGuest Artist Faculty
FACULTY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
FACULTY, INDIANA UNIVERSITY JACOBS SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Artina McCainGuest Artist Faculty
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
Matthew ManwarrenGuest Artist Faculty
PROFESSOR OF PIANO, WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

Application/Recording Due Date:
Early Bird Deadline: April 15, 2021. Final Deadline: May 1, 2021.

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.
Friday, July 16, 2021Final RecitalMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaFree and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved. Limited to 50 audience members due to COVID-19 protocols. All audience members must wear masks.
Thursday, July 15, 2021Master Class by Paul NitschMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
Wednesday, July 14, 2021Recital of Piano Music by Jose Ramon MendezMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaTicket reservation required. Limited to 50 audience members due to COVID-19 protocols. All audience members must wear masks.more info...
Tuesday, July 13, 2021Master Class by Jose Ramon MendezMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaTBA
Saturday, July 10, 2021Master Class by Xun PanMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South Carolina
Friday, July 09, 2021Recital of Piano Music by Xun PanMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaTicket reservation required. Limited to 50 audience members due to COVID-19 protocols. All audience members must wear masks.All Beethoven program
Thursday, July 08, 2021Master Class by Logan SkeltonMemorial HallDue West, South Carolina
Wednesday, July 07, 2021Recital of Piano Music by Logan SkeltonMemorial Hall, Erskine CollegeDue West, South CarolinaTicket reservation required. Limited to 50 audience members due to COVID-19 protocols. All audience members must wear masks.
Tuesday, July 06, 2021Recital by Xiting Yang and Joonghun Cho, pianistsMemorial Hall, Erskine College and SeminaryFree and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved. Limited to 50 audience members due to COVID-19 protocols. All audience members must wear masks.TBA
Monday, July 05, 2021Registration and Orientation MeetingMemorial Hall at Erskine College

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:

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


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