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Education Programs at The Gilmore


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

Join us Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM in the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo.

Registration Information

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Student Qualifications

Student Preparation


A Day of Master Classes

What is a Master Class? A master class is a public piano lesson with your peers. Students play a prepared piece before a small audience and receive immediate feedback 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 KeysFest Recital and workshops are available to all participating students, families and teachers. Please note, KeysFest is an event that is open to the public. Child supervision is not provided.




Students are scheduled for one master class with regard to age and performance level. Sessions range from 30 to 90 minutes, and students should plan to be present for the duration of the class. Applicants should select their preference for clinician and AM or PM master class assignment on the registration form. Each registered student will receive email confirmation of their scheduled master class.

KeysFest Recital

At 12:15 PM at the Wellspring Theater’s second level, KeysFest clinicians perform in recital and share their performance insights in a condensed, 45-minute program.


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Parking & Lunch

We recommend parking in the ramp located on the east side of the Epic Center building, with entrances on both South and Lovell streets. Grab lunch at nearby downtown restaurants. Look for complimentary beverages from Water Street Coffee Roasters and Irving’s Market & Deli.


The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

  Register Online

You can also download and mail the PDF registration form. Remember to include your $25 registration fee, and add $15 for the optional Hands-on Jazz Improvisation workshop. Mail your completed registration form and fee to: The Gilmore KeysFest, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 101 Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4843

You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your registration.

For More Information

Please direct questions to our Education department by calling 269.342.1166, or contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, at or Leslie Boughton, Education & Operations Coordinator, at

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