Partitura Residency

teacher reading music notes while student plays piano

The Partitura Residency at the 2020 Gilmore Keyboard Festival will be the first of its kind in North America. Renowned pianists Maria João Pires & Miloš Popović, along with a non-pianist collaborator (TBD), will lead six selected students in a unique, highly focused, nine-day workshop. The residency program will take place May 1 through May 9 during the Festival.

The Partitura Residency is modeled after the intense, week-long workshops Ms. Pires and Mr. Popović present at Belgais, Ms. Pires’ beautiful country home in Portugal. The home has become a haven for the exploration of multiple artistic and cultural projects–a place where artists gather to listen, share, learn, and begin the pursuit of new paths.

At Belgais, experienced musicians who have reflected on their own journey share their artistic vision with young artists-in-training. The purpose is not only to perpetuate techniques and knowledge and to sharpen sensitivities, but also to forge a personal relationship with music, which is inseparable from the role of the artist today.

The Belgais learning experience will be replicated at The Gilmore Keyboard Festival. During this intensive residency, living space, meals, and ideas will be shared. Six days will be dedicated to private group workshop activities, including a coaching and discussion session each morning. Ancillary activities will be scheduled each evening and have in the past included lectures and film screenings. All residency repertoire and activities will be oriented around a unique theme, to be determined in advance of the workshop.

Following these six days, Ms. Pires and the participants will present a special concert that reaches those in the greater Kalamazoo community with little exposure to classical music. Previous Partitura Residency community concerts have taken place at locations including hospitals, psychiatric facilities, and prisons. After an off-day for rehearsal, the residency will conclude in the concert hall with a public recital as part of the 2020 Gilmore Keyboard Festival. The program will feature Ms. Pires with one or two selected workshop participants.

*Additional Note
Applicants who are not accepted may audit the course at their own expense. Please contact Adam Schumaker using the information listed below for further details.

Application Requirements

Pianists must be at least 18 years of age and should prepare the following for this application:

  • Résumé (Google Doc or PDF format only)
  • Two video recordings with high-quality audio (URL only – links must be active through February 2, 2020):
  • A Classical period sonata
  • A piece of participant’s choice
  • A motivational letter on why this residency would be beneficial for your artistic career, and why you would make a good candidate (Google Doc or PDF format only).
  • Applicants can begin the process by submitting a $70 non-refundable fee, and an application form will be emailed for completion.

Start an Application

EXTENDED: All submissions must be received by January 3, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST. Participants will be notified of their acceptance no later than February 1, 2020.*

Tuition / Room & Board / Travel

  • Tuition: All accepted participants will receive a full-tuition scholarship from The Gilmore.
  • Room and Board: Upon acceptance to the residency, a $1,200.00 USD room and board fee will be required of all participants. This will cover all housing and meals during the duration of the residency.
  • Travel: Participants are responsible for their transportation to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Assistance with transit from Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) or the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids (GRR) can be arranged with The Gilmore.

Participant Preparation

Pianists accepted to the residency must prepare the following:

  • Six (6) piano works selected from a provided list (TBD).
  • Six (6) selected articles/books to read (TBD).
  • A “surprise” piece to work on during the workshop (common to every participant).

Upon completion of the residency, each participant will receive a course certificate.


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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