The Gilmore


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.

Clinicians | Additional Activities | More Information | Student Preparation


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

Additional Activities

More Information

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

Student Preparation

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