Navigating the Festival Landscape – A Free Webinar for Pianists

May 25, 2021

navigating the festival landscape

When professional classical musicians think of music festivals, their thoughts are probably flooded with questions of “How much will this cost?” “Is it worth it?” and “How will I get there?” Music festivals have a long tradition of offering programs for aspiring music professionals deep into their degrees a chance to perform, rehearse, and work alongside music professionals of the highest caliber. 

On Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 2 PM ET, Executive and Artistic Director of The Gilmore, Pierre van der Westhuizen, and Director of Education, Adam Schumaker, will host a webinar titled “Navigating the Festival Landscape” to assist young pianists in the search, application, and funding of their 2022 summer festival experience – sign up today!

Despite the cost and issues of gatekeeping and accessibility, music festivals are still a valuable experience for the next generation of performers. The Gilmore has redesigned our spring festival experience to create an affordable, accessible opportunity for young artists that not only focuses on the craft of music making, but also the artist and the business of the classical music industry. In April and May of 2022, The Gilmore International Piano Festival will host three week-long sessions of the Gilmore Festival Fellowship. During that time, 27 pianists will experience master classes with Festival artists, individual time with a resident teaching artist, lectures and group coachings by successful music entrepreneurs, and sessions that cultivate the whole artist. Tuition is completely funded, room and board is included, and each selected participant will receive a $500 stipend that can assist with travel, food, or other incidental expenses.

By redesigning the Festival experience, The Gilmore aims to cultivate a diverse, versatile, and thoughtful next generation of artists. 

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