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The next KeysFest will take place February 22, 2020. 

The Gilmore KeysFest is an annual day-long learning event for West Michigan piano students grades 1-12. Students perform in a master class environment with an audience of supportive peers and adults. They receive one-on-one instruction from professional pianists and educators and participate in workshops and performances by KeysFest clinicians and other guest presenters.

Applicants may select their preference for clinician as well as time of master class (morning or afternoon) on the registration form. Classes are then scheduled based on age and performance level. Each student will be scheduled for one master class session, which will range from 30 to 90 minutes. All students should plan to be present for the duration of the class.

Each registered student will receive an email confirmation of their scheduled master class.

2020 Clinicians

Hamilton Tescarollo
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies, Perdue University

Helen Marlais
Associate Professor of Music, Grand Valley State University

Lucy Yao
Collaborative Piano, Mannes School of Music

Dr. Thomas (T.J.) Lymenstull
Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp

Vera Holczer-Waroquet
Founder, Aurora School of Music

Rufus Ferguson
Faculty, Jazz and Creative institute

A Day of Master Classes

What is a Master Class? A master class is a public piano lesson with your peers. Students perform a prepared piece before a small audience and receive immediate feedback and instruction from their clinicians. Master classes typically last 30–90 minutes and have an average of 3–6 students per session. Participants stay for the entire class and learn from their fellow performers as well.

In addition to master classes, the day also includes a recital and workshops, which are open to all participating students, families, and teachers. Please note, all KeysFest activities are open to the public. Child supervision is not provided.

More Activities
Piano Hero: Play piano against the piano game software “Synthesia” and see how accurate your skills are.
The Gilmore Craft Table: Take a break and make some art in the second-floor atrium—origami pianos, coloring, and more.
Marshall Music: Browse sheet music and musical gift items.

Student Qualifications

  • All students grades 1–12 who are currently studying piano may register.
  • Students must have the signed permission of their piano teacher.
  • Students must bring one copy of the music to the event.

Student Preparation

  • Students choose one selection, with the help of their teachers, and prepare it for performance. Beginning students may play two pieces, not to exceed 1.5 minutes.
  • Students should be very comfortable performing the piece and starting at various spots in the piece.
  • Piano selections do not need to be memorized; however, they should be well-prepared.

Questions About Education?

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

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