Festival Fellows

close up view of feet at the piano during Igor Levit's master class

The Gilmore Festival Fellowships consists of three different five-day residencies offering master classes, lectures, and public performance opportunities included as part of the 2020 Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Residencies are being offered in classical and jazz.

What’s Included

  • Two master classes with Festival artists, including solo performance (artists to be announced November 4, 2019).
  • Lectures and workshops in piano performance and entrepreneurship.
  • Opportunity to participate in a public recital.
  • Access to Festival performances and events (some restrictions apply).
  • Reimbursement of up to $500 per student for approved travel and lodging expenses.

Residency Dates
(Instructors for each session to be announced November 4, 2019)

  • Session I  April 25 – April 29  Master classes for classical piano
    Master classes with Yefim Bronfman, Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Fabio Bidini.
  • Session II  April 29 – May 3  Master classes for classical and jazz piano
    Master classes for solo piano with Lori Sims, Alexandre Tharaud, and Eva-Maria Zimmermann & Keisuke Nakagoshi.
    Master Classes for jazz piano with Aaron Diehl.
  • Session III  May 4 – May 9  Master classes for classical, baroque, and jazz piano
    Master classes for solo piano with Jeanette Sorrell, Beatrice Rana, and 2018 Gilmore Artist Igor Levit.
    Master Classes for jazz piano with Matthew Fries.


Begin the application process by completing the Google Form accessible from the link below. This form will request all necessary details, including personal information, session preference, repertoire, and provide instructions for submitting the following required items:

  • Letter of support from your instructor.

  • Link to a recent performance video.

  • $50 non-refundable application fee.

EXTENDED: All submissions must be received by January 3, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST.



Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel of educators, administrators, and performers. All accepted Gilmore Fellows must meet the following conditions:

  • Be able to travel to, and remain in, Kalamazoo, Michigan for the five-day duration of the chosen session.
  • If student is under the age of 18, remain under the supervision of a parent or guardian for the five-day duration of the chosen session.
  • Participate in at least two master classes, attend the session lecture, and at least one festival performance.

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance no later than February 15, 2020.


Accepted applicants will be asked to submit five selections in a range of styles and time periods. Representatives of The Gilmore, in consultation with the Festival artists, will select the pieces to be performed at the master classes.

Questions About Education?

Please direct questions to Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, or Leslie Baron, Education and Community Engagement Manager. Telephone: 269.342.1166.

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