Volunteer Opportunities

Every year volunteers participate in a variety of roles – from ushers to production apprentices. We invite you to explore the ways you might choose to get involved.

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Keyboard Festival

Presented biennially, with more than 100 events, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival is internationally recognized as America’s most prestigious piano music festival. Positions are seasonal and run from January through the completion of the Festival in mid-May. The most need for volunteers occurs during the 18-day Festival.

Positions: Artist hospitality and transportation crews, event ushers and couriers, receptions and events assistants, and Gilmore office personnel.
Dates: During April and May, 2020.

Rising Stars Series

The Gilmore Rising Stars Series presents outstanding young pianists from around the world to provide audiences with a taste of tomorrow’s classical music world stars.

Positions: Ushers, reception assistants, and post-concert cleanup crews.
Dates:  Events occur November 4, 2018, and January 13, February 10, March 17, and April 28, 2019.


KeysFest is an annual day-long festival for piano students, grades 1-12, in the greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas.

Positions: Room monitors, runners, craft table assistants, and set-up/clean-up crews.
Dates: February 16, 2019.

Gilmore Office

Our offices are located within the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo. We are looking for friendly customer service personnel to help answer phones and perform other general clerical duties.

Positions: Front desk substitute receptionist.
Dates: Varied throughout the year. Please call Emily Fackler at 269.342.1166 or email efackler@thegilmore.org for availability.

Gilmore Family Concerts

The Gilmore Family Concerts are accessible and engaging piano performances for audiences of all ages. The series runs for two weeks prior to the festival and visits the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas with in-school performances and evening, public performances.

Positions: Ushers and a front-of-house assistant manager.
Dates: Varied throughout the year.

Volunteer Form

Morning and afternoon hours are available to volunteers Monday through Friday; evening and weekend hours are available during our events.

Please complete a volunteer form below, and we’ll be in contact with you as soon as possible. We look forward to working with you. Sign up now!

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