Adult Enrichment

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The Gilmore provides a variety of enrichment opportunities for adult music enthusiasts. Take classes; learn fascinating details about music, composers, and artists that will make a concert experience really come alive; or get an inside look at how a master pianist can bring out the very best in a young student in a master class setting.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Gilmore and Western Michigan University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute collaborate before and during the Festival, offering class and concert pairings with ticket offerings at a group rate.

Pre-Concert Talks

Delve into the thought-provoking details of the music and composers in 30-minute talks given by local and regional music scholars. These talks are designed for both classical music devotees and for newcomers looking to explore the concert repertoire in more detail.

Pre-Concert Talks begin one hour prior to Piano Masters Series concerts and prior to most Gilmore Festival concerts held at Chenery Auditorium and at Dalton Center Recital Hall. Talks are open to all ticketholders at no extra charge.

Master Classes

Observing a master class can be a fascinating experience for anyone who enjoys attending Gilmore concerts and events. It’s a great way to gain insight into the extraordinary dedication it takes to become an exceptional pianist. And it can shed light on the teaching process itself, revealing some of the tiny details that make a good performance event better.

Master classes are taught to Gilmore Fellows at every Festival and are free and open to the public. All instruction is given by Festival artists.

Questions About Education?

Please direct questions to Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, x125, Leslie Baron, Education and Community Engagement Manager, x130. For Piano Lab questions, please contact Liz Kelly, Piano Lab Coordinator, x103. Gilmore Office Phone: 269.342.1166.

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