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Special Piano Music at PCPC July 11th

The Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival (RPPF) returns this year!  The students who will be playing at PCPC, whose bios are listed below, receive intense private study, daily master classes, unique legacy sessions, and the Ambassador Concert series in venues throughout Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg.

The Traditional services at 11am Sunday, July 11th will feature special music from the Rebecca Penneys Festival students:

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109, 1st movement, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Prelude and Fugue in E Major, WTC II, BWV 878, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Geistervariationen “Ghost Variations” in E-flat Major, WoO 24, by Robert Schumann
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110, 1st movement, by Ludwig van Beethoven

Founded by St. Pete Beach resident and Steinway Artist Rebecca Penneys as a tuition-free gift for aspiring collegiate pianists, RPPF is a nonprofit 501(c)3, funded entirely by donations.

Penneys was professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music from 1980-2017[1] and chairwoman of the Chautauqua Institution Piano Department from 1985 to 2012.[5] She now holds the title of Professor Emerita of Piano at Eastman School of Music. She was a resident artist as pianist-founder of the New Arts Trio at Chautauqua from 1978-2012. In 2013 Rebecca launched the Rebecca Penneys Friends of Piano (non-profit 501c3) and the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival as a sequel to her well-known Chautauqua piano program. 

The 11am worship service is open to the community. Visitors are always welcome at PCPC.


Eunbin Ko, age 23, was born in Seoul in 1997. She moved to Nagasaki, Japan in 2001 and graduated high school there in 2015. She received her B.M. in Piano Performance from Seoul National University in 2020, where she studied with Professor Hyoung-joon Chang. Currently, Eunbin is a first-year M.M. student at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. She studies with Professor Christopher Harding.

Marco A. Jimenez, age 18, will be a freshman this coming fall at Columbia and Juilliard. As a pianist, composer, and organist, he was the winner of the 2021 National YoungArts Competition in both piano and organ, the National YoungArts  Competition, the National  Federation of Music Clubs Stillman Kelley Award, the Justine LeBaron Young Artists Competition, and the Edward and Ida Wilkof Young Artists Concerto Competition. His compositions have also won  numerous awards, including Honorable Mention for the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Three of his compositions have been published by TrevCo  Music Publishing. Marco has studied piano under the tutelage of Mona MacPhail for the last 12 years.

Born in China, Jiawen Eric Guan, age 22, is currently a piano student at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studies with Professor Hae Sun Paik. Jiawen has won in several competitions, including the 2014 Peabody Winter Honors Concert, the 2014 Peabody Concerto competition, the 2018 New England Conservatory Honors recital and the 2019 Atlantic Music Festival Piano competition, and the April 2021 Musicale Romantic Style Music Festival competition in the 18-26 age category.

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