Focus on Teens

Whether you’ve grown up playing the piano or want to get started, The Gilmore has programs that can enhance your learning experience at whatever stage you are in.

Attending a Gilmore concert is one perfect way to begin. For less than the price of a movie, you and a friend can attend most any Gilmore concert for the Student Ticket price of just $5!

Check out these programs for the middle and high school pianist:


The Gilmore KeysFest is an annual, day-long festival for piano students in the greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo areas. Piano students of all levels, grades 1–12, are invited to perform and receive instruction from professional pianists and/or educators. Students receive immediate affirmation of their skills and musicianship in an open and friendly master class environment, including a small audience of supportive students and adults.

Gilmore Resident Piano Camp

The Gilmore Resident Piano Camp is a more intensive piano and music overnight experience for teens who have studied piano at least 3-4 years. This week-long, overnight camp is for the enthusiastic musician ages 8-17. Campers will be grouped by ages and abilities.


A collaborative effort of five arts organizations – Fontana Chamber Arts, Crescendo Academy of Music, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and WMUK 102.1 – high school students of all musical disciplines audition to become part of a live performance at the Epic Theater in the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo. Recorded selections from the performance are broadcast on WMUK 102.1 public radio.

Fill out an application if you’re interested, or for more information, contact Adam Schumaker at The Gilmore (aschumaker@thegilmore.org; 269.342.1166) or Betsy Wong at Fontana Chamber Arts (BWong@fontanachamberarts.org; 269.382.7774).


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