The Gilmore

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many meaningful ways to experience events at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival from behind-the-scenes. Every Festival year, scores of talented and enthusiastic individuals participate in a variety of roles—from ushers and box office staff to production apprentices. During our non-Festival years, our volunteer opportunities vary greatly, but we are always looking for assistance with our concerts and events. Participation during either can bring valuable rewards such as Gilmore performance tickets, professional resume-building experiences, and unforgettable memories. We invite you to explore the ways YOU might choose to get involved.

Our current volunteer needs for the 2017-2018 season are as follows:

Keyboard Festival

Presented biennially, with nearly 100 events, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival is internationally recognized as America’s most prestigious piano music festival. Positions are seasonal and run from January through the completion of the Festival in mid-May. The most need for volunteers occurs during the 17-day Festival.

Positions: Artist hospitality and transportation crews, event ushers and couriers, receptions and events assistants, and Gilmore office personnel.
Dates: April 25 through May 12, 2018.

Rising Stars Series

The Gilmore Rising Stars Series presents outstanding young pianists from around the world to provide audiences with a taste of tomorrow’s classical music world stars.

Positions: Ushers, reception assistants, and post-concert cleanup crews.
Dates: Drew Petersen concert, September 17, 2017; Zlata Chochieva concert, October 15, 2017; Christina & Michelle Naughton concert, November 5, 2017; Andrew Tyson concert, December 3, 2017.


KeysFest is an annual day-long festival for piano students, grades 1-12, in the greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas.

Positions: Room monitors, runners, craft table assistants, and set-up/clean-up crews.
Dates: February 28, 2018.

Gilmore Office

Our offices are located within the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo. We are looking for friendly customer service personnel to help answer phones and perform other general clerical duties.

Positions: Front desk substitute receptionist.
Dates: Varied throughout the year. Please call Dana Vandeveer at (269) 342-1166 for availability.

Gilmore Family Concerts

The Gilmore Family Concerts are accessible and engaging piano performances for audiences of all ages. The series runs for two weeks prior to the festival and visits the greater Kalamazoo area with in-school performances and evening, public performances.

Positions: Merchandise table salespersons, couriers, traffic coordinators, and a front of house assistant manager.
Dates: April 15-25, tentatively.

Morning and afternoon hours are available to volunteers Monday through Friday; evening and weekend hours are available during our events.

Please complete a volunteer and/or usher form below, and we’ll be in contact with you as soon as possible. We look forward to working with you. Sign up now!

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