The Gilmore


The Gilmore KeysFest is an annual day-long festival for piano students in the greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas. Students of all skill levels grades 1-12 perform in a master class environment with a small audience of supportive peers and adults. They receive one-on-one instruction from professional pianists and educators.


KeysFest will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 9 AM to 6 PM in the Epic Center of downtown Kalamazoo. Registration is open; the deadline to register is Friday, January 27, 2017.

The Registration Form can be filled out online, or print the PDF and mail it to The Gilmore, attn: Adam Schumaker. Remember to include your $25 registration fee. Add $15 for the hands-on jazz improvisation workshop option.

Mailed application forms and fees should be sent to:
The Gilmore KeysFest
359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 101
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007-4843

Clinicians | Student Qualifications | Student Preparation | Scheduling | More Information


This year’s KeysFest clinicians include:

Jeremy Siskind Professor of Piano & Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University (jazz, only)
Helen Marlais  Professor of Piano & Piano Pedagogy, Grand Valley State University
Andrew Le – Professor of Music, Hope College
David Abbott – Professor of Piano, Albion College
Zhihua Tang – Professor of Collaborative Piano, Michigan State University
Phyllis Rappeport – Professor of Piano Emerita, Western Michigan University

KeysFest conducted by Special Guest Instructor Kris Bowers

KeysFest conducted by Special Guest Instructor Kris Bowers. Photo by Chris McGuire Photography

Student Qualifications

Student Preparation

KeysFest is fun for all who attend. Families of students, parents curious about KeysFest for their kids, and music-loving members of the public are all welcome to watch KeysFest performances for free. Marshall Music will bring a display of sheet music for students to peruse and purchase.

KeysFest conducted by Instructor Helen Marlais

KeysFest conducted by Instructor Helen Marlais. Photo by Chris McGuire Photography


Students are scheduled for one master class with regard to age and performance level. Sessions range from 30 to 90 minutes, and students should plan to be present for the duration of the class.
Select your preference for clinician and AM or PM master class assignment on your registration form. Each registered student will receive email confirmation of his/her scheduled master class.

More Information

Parking and Lunch: KeysFest is held at the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo. We recommend parking in the ramp located on the east side of the Epic Center building, with entrances on both South and Lovell streets. Grab a lunch from nearby downtown restaurants. Look for complimentary beverages from Water Street Coffee Roasters and Irving’s Market and Deli.

If you would like more information about KeysFest, please contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, at 269.342.1166 or