The Gilmore KeysFest is an annual day-long festival for area piano students in West Michigan. Students of all skill levels grades 1-12 perform in a master class environment with an 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 in downtown Kalamazoo. This event is open to the public free-of-charge, including a professional recital at 1 PM.
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. Photo by Chris McGuire Photography
- The Kalamazoo Piano Company will host free “Caring for Your Acoustic Piano” workshops at 10 AM and 2 PM.
- Adam Schumaker will host a free “Start Composing” workshop at 11 AM with a possible 3 PM repeat session.
- Marshall Music will display sheet music and piano paraphernalia for anyone to peruse and purchase.
- There will be an arts and crafts table where students can use real piano parts to make piano hammer necklaces.
Parking: Parking is available in the ramp located on the east side of the Epic Center building, with entrances on both South and Lovell streets.
Lunch: Receive 10% off lunch from one of the participating downtown restaurants: Irving’s Market, Central City Tap House, Taco Bob’s, Harvey’s on the Mall, The Union, and Old Burdick’s. Coffee from Water Street Coffee Roasters and hot chocolate from Irving’s Market are being provided while supplies last.
KeysFest conducted by Instructor Lori Sims. Photo by Chris McGuire Photography
- Parents must have the signed permission of their piano teacher.
- Students choose one selection, with the help of their teacher, and prepare it for performance. Beginning students may play two pieces, not to exceed 1.5 minutes.
- Students should be very comfortable performing the piece and starting at various spots in the piece.
- Piano selections do not need to be memorized; however, they should be well-prepared.
- Students must bring one copy of the music, with measures numbered.
- Sessions range from 30 to 90 minutes, and students should plan to be present for the duration of the class.
If you would like more information about KeysFest, please contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, at 269.342.1166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.