Sigal Early Keyboard Festival


March 10 - 12:00 pm


March 12 - 09:00 pm

Event Category:

Community Event

Click to Register:

Sigal Music Museum


Sigal Music Museum

516 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC 29601

Greenville, SC, US, 29601

Sigal Early Keyboard Festival


The Sigal Music Museum is proud to announce the first annual Sigal Early Keyboard Festival from March 10-12, 2022. The festival will be in beautiful downtown Greenville, South Carolina, under the direction of fortepianist Andrew Willis.

In celebration of the nearly unlimited prospects unlocked by the collection, the theme of this inaugural festival is “Keys to the Sigal.” Proposals for lecture-recitals or mini-recitals on harpsichord, fortepiano, and clavichord are welcomed, as well as for papers relating to these instruments. Friday’s and Saturday’s programs culminate in evening concerts featuring keyboards from the collection, and Saturday’s concert will be followed by a closing reception.


The registration fee, $125.00 for adults or $75.00 for students, includes museum admission, the opening and closing receptions, morning coffee, and all events of the festival including papers, lecture-recitals, mini-recitals and evening concerts.

Register today via Eventbrite!

Register by mail and make check payable to Sigal Music Museum, 516 Buncombe Street, Greenville SC, 29601.


This event is an extension of outreach by the Sigal Music Museum, which hosted the Historical Keyboard Society of North America in 2016 and the American Musical Instrument Society in 2019.

The planned schedule includes:

Thursday, March 10: Registration opens at 12 noon; afternoon guided tour of the museum; 5pm reception with wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres; evening concert

Friday, March 11: Museum open at 8:30am, 9am welcoming talk by Thomas Strange detailing the evolution of the Carolina Clavier Collection into today’s Sigal Music Museum; morning and afternoon presentations (papers, lecture-recitals, or mini-recitals) as scheduled; meals on your own; evening concert

Saturday, March 12: Museum open at 8:30am, morning and afternoon presentations as scheduled, evening concert, closing dessert reception

Call for Papers

Students, performers, teachers, and researchers are invited to submit proposals for 25-minute presentations by December 17, 2021 to Sigal Music Museum at, or directly to Andrew Willis at Notification of decisions will be sent on or before January 15, 2022.


Proposals should include the following:


  • a brief description (300 words or less) of the paper or performance
  • an indication of which instrument of the collection is to be used
  • a description of any supporting equipment needed
  • a short biographical sketch of the presenter
  • contact information including an email address and a phone number.


The Sigal Music Museum offers a remarkable number of historic keyboard instruments in concert readiness, available for artists to use upon application in advance. A list of instruments is included with this announcement and is also available upon request. Several venues for performance will be available as demand requires. Proposals for historical instrumental performances and/or presentations by non-keyboard players are also welcome, with artists responsible for providing their own instruments.


  • Harpsichords: Anonymous 1660, Kirkman 1761, Taskin 1769, Dulcken 1745
  • Spinets: Keene & Brackley 1712, Kirkman 1742
  • Grand pianos: Stein 1784, Walter & Son 1815, Schanz 1824, Broadwood 1845, Erard 1863
  • Square pianos: Longman & Clementi 1799, R & W Nunns 1830, Nunns & Clark 1834
  • Clavichord: Anonymous (Spain) 1780
Recent Posts

Start typing and press Enter to search