Celebrating the joy of music making, and in particular the keyboard, is central to our mission. Programs that not only develop basic keyboard skills but also foster a lifelong appreciation of music make up the curricula for The Gilmore’s Education initiatives.
- Piano Labs – Professional piano teachers hired by The Gilmore give free, twice-weekly lessons during the school day to children who would not otherwise have a chance to study piano.
- Piano Day and Resident Camps – A week-long camp is held at the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center devoted to piano study consisting of: a day camp that features enrichment activities designed for the early years of piano study, and a resident camp devoted to the intermediate through advanced piano student.
- KeysFest – The annual day-long piano festival for piano students of all levels in grades 1–12 in the greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo areas to perform and receive instruction from professional pianists and/or educators.
- Student Tickets – Due to the generous support of our donors, full-time students can purchase advance tickets to most Gilmore events for just $5! This is a real student discount that applies to any available seat in the venue.
- Bravo – A collaboration of several Kalamazoo arts organizations that work together to recruit and audition local high school-aged musical talent for a live performance twice each year that is recorded and later broadcast.
These year-round opportunities are made possible through partnerships and community collaborations.
Arts Fund of Kalamazoo County through the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo
Bronson Healthcare Group
Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation
Ron and Carol Di Salvio
Education for the Arts
Faber & Faber
John E. Fetzer Institute Fund
Jeff and Lorie Frazier, in memory of Tim Johnson
Friends of The Gilmore
Irving S. Gilmore Foundation
Martha J. Harrison Piano Education Fund – endowed
Wanda Pagel Herman
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Betty and Jerry Mason
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
Monroe-Brown Foundation Trustees
National Endowment for the Arts
Reeder Pianos Inc.
Joan K. Sharda, in memory of Tim Johnson
Glen C. and Gail G. Smith Fund
Harold & Grace Upjohn Foundation
Steinway & Sons
VanderSalms Flower Shop
West Michigan Piano Sales
Western Michigan University School of Music