2014 KeysFest

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

The 2014 KeysFest is scheduled for February 15, 2014 at the Epic Center (359 S Kalamazoo Mall in Kalamazoo) from 9 AM – 5:30 PM.

Download and complete the registration form below to mail in, or complete the online registration form.

2014 KeysFest Application (PDF, 58 KB)

2014 KeysFest Schedule of Events (PDF, 276 KB)

• All students grades 1–12 who are currently studying piano may enter.
• Parents must have the signed permission of their piano teacher.
• Students must bring one original copy of the music, with measures numbered. Photocopied music will only be accepted if the music is out of print.

• Students should 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.

KeysFest is fun for all who attend (families of students are more than welcome!). Marshall Music will bring display of sheet music for students to peruse and purchase. Concessions and lunch will be available for purchase — thanks to Garden Gate Cafe.

2014 Guest Clinicians

Ruth Goveia
Albion College

Louis Nagel
University of Michigan

Garik Pedersen
Eastern Michigan University

Silvia Roederer
Western Michigan University

Timothy Shafer
Penn State University

Jeremy Siskind
Western Michigan University (jazz master class only)

2014 Clinician Biographies (PDF, 317 KB)

An extraordinary opportunity for students

What makes KeysFest so unique is the extraordinary opportunity for students to experience a master class. This focused, intense instruction by university professors is rarely available to students prior to their college and university level of piano study. Presented in a reassuring and positive environment, students benefit from the immediate affirmation of their skills and musicianship.

Guest clinicians also perform in recital for students, family and the general public during the day-long event. Students pay a nominal admission to participate. Audience members may attend the recitals and sit in on master classes free of charge.

Questions may be directed to Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, at 269.342.1166 x3125 or via email.


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