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 2013 KeysFest was held on February 23, 2013 at the Epic Center (359 S Kalamazoo Mall in Kalamazoo) from 9 AM – 4 PM.
KeysFest was fun for all who attend (families of students are more than welcome!). Marshall Music brought a digital keyboard display available for students to try. Concessions and lunch were available for purchase — thanks to Garden City Cafe, and for the first time we had a Craft Corner!
2013 Guest Clinicians
Dr. David Abbott
(Western Michigan Univ./ Michigan State Univ.)
(Western Michigan University)
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.