Education Programs at The Gilmore

Maria João Pires’s Partitura Residency

The Partitura Residency is a movement founded by Maria João Pires and a collective of artists questioning their role and responsibility – be it aesthetic, ethical, social, pedagogical or spiritual – in a society where some of the most fundamental human values seem in crisis. It is the group’s aim to enable an open dialogue between different genres of art and science, and to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of humans in their environment.

The Partitura Residency at the 2020 Gilmore Keyboard Festival will be the first of its kind in North America. From May 1 to May 9, 2020, six applicants will be selected to participate in a unique, highly focused, nine-day residency with pianists Maria João Pires & Miloš Popović, along with a non-pianist collaborator (TBD).

Partitura Project creator Maria João Pires with project collaborator Julien Brocal

Partitura Residency creator Maria João Pires (front) with project collaborator Julien Brocal

In a setting that encourages respect for the needs and rhythms of everyone, 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.

During this intensive residency, living space, meals, and ideas will be shared by this community of learners. Six days are 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 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 concludes 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.

Application Requirements

Pianists must be 18 years or older to participate, and should prepare the following for this application:

Applicants can begin the process by submitting a $70 non-refundable fee, and an application form will be emailed for completion.

Start an Application

All submissions must be received by October 1, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST. Participants will be notified of their acceptance no later than February 1, 2020.*

* Applicants who are not accepted may audit the course at their own expense. If interested, contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education by email at

Tuition / Room & Board / Travel

Tuition: All accepted participants will receive a full-tuition scholarship from The Gilmore.

Room & Board: Upon acceptance to the residency, a $1,200.00 USD room & 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 (Grand Rapids) (GRR) can be arranged with The Gilmore.

Participant Preparation

If you are accepted to the residency, you must prepare the following:

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

For More Information

If you have questions about the application, please contact Adam Schumaker, Director of Education, at or 269.342.1166.

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