Adult Enrichment

Whether your goal is getting deeper inside the music, watching students improve right before your eyes under the tutelage of master pianists, or grasping a better understanding of music, composers and artists, we strive to provide a variety of enrichment opportunities for adult music enthusiasts.

Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Gilmore Keys to Education and Western Michigan University’s Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) collaborated for the first time during the 2012 Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

During the Festival, six seminar and concert pairings were offered through the ALL’s spring course schedule. Students investigated and discussed the composers and music being presented that evening in addition to having an inside look at the concerts and festival by means of an opening reception for anyone enrolled. Individuals could enroll in a minimum of three and up to six packages of concerts offered, all under group rate discounts through The Gilmore. For more information, visit Western Michigan University’s Academy of Lifelong Learning.

Pre-Concert Talks

Designed not only for classical music devotees but also for newcomers looking to explore classical music in more detail, the 30-minute talks give audiences an expert’s take on the music they are about to hear. Given by musical scholars and musicians, talks may include musical samples or details of a composer’s life that may have influenced the creation of a particular piece. Experts share the revealing stories found “inside” the music.

Pre-Concert Talks begin one hour prior to Piano Masters Series concerts and prior to most Gilmore Festival concerts held at Chenery Auditorium and at Dalton Center Recital Hall. Talks are open to all ticket-holders at no extra charge.

Master Classes

Engaging master classes are held throughout each biennial Gilmore Festival and are free and open to the public. College and university piano students from throughout the Midwest are nominated by their professors to participate as a Gilmore Festival master class student. It is fascinating to observe world-class artists working one-on-one with young up and coming musicians sharing their insight and making an extraordinary impact on each student’s performance.

2014 Festival Master Classes

Concert Study Guides

Prior to each Piano Masters Series concert, we provide Concert Study Guides. These Guides shed light on the composers whose music will be played during the concert, give the background and context of each piece and provide insight into the concert program as a whole.


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