The Gilmore


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 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.


KeysFest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Epic Center of downtown Kalamazoo. Registration is open; the deadline to register is Jan. 29, 2016.

Registration Forms 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 jazz improvisation workshop and/or $10 for boxed lunch options.

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

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


This year’s clinicians include Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott, Jeanne Hanley Thelen, Dr. Derek Polishchuk, Eric Van De Vort, Dr. Zhihua Tang and special guest clinician Jeremy Siskind.

Read their biographies to learn more about this year’s clinicians.

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 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. Pre-order a boxed lunch on your registration form or venture out to 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