Make Music



Connect all Pittsburgh community members, regardless of age, musical experience, or ability, to make and enjoy music every summer solstice, while also encouraging further participation in music making.


A city where all community members are enabled to make music and feel connected and supported in their musical engagement. 

Make Music Day Pittsburgh

On June 21, 2020 Pittsburgh will host the sixth annual Make Music Pittsburgh in all of the inner city neighborhoods. Make Music Pittsburgh is a festival designed to showcase local musical talent and inspire others to play music.

Originally started in France in 1982, Pittsburgh will be one of over 700 cities playing music on June 21, 2020 as part of a global Make Music Day celebration.  Whether it’s Hip-Hop in Lawrenceville, Gospel in Highland Park, Bluegrass in Squirrel Hill, Classical in the Hill District, or kids rocking out on buckets at The Children’s Museum, Make Music Pittsburgh is about enjoying music in its purest form with Pittsburgh flare.

Musicians sign up to play and businesses and homes sign up to host musicians outside of their places.  Every musician has the power to choose where they are located and every location can match with their preferred style of music – just keep it outdoors so everyone can enjoy!

Performers of all ages, levels, and styles of music are welcome!!

Strategic Goals 2020-2023


  1. Encourage all Pittsburgh community members to make music
  2. Encourage community members to continue to make music beyond Make Music Day
  3. Increase the number of neighborhoods involved in MMDPGH

Organizational Development

  1. Establish a fiscal sponsorship by 2023
  2. Increase community support through strategic partnerships
  3. Identify and construct messaging that articulates Make Music Pittsburgh’s unique value in the Pittsburgh arts ecosystem


  1. Connect community music makers to the resources available in their neighborhoods
  2. Foster an inclusive and supportive environment that encourages all community members to make music



Make Music Winter with Steel City Ukuleles

Saturday, December 21, 11:30am – 1:30pm at MuseumLab at The Children’s Museum

After years of spontaneous musical merriment on June 21, The Children’s Museum Pittsburgh will be bringing the spirit of Make Music Day to December 21, the winter solstice. For Make Music Winter, music can pop up anywhere. Rounding the corner, you may see a herd of electric guitarists, a choir of medieval singers, or a percussive Puerto Rican parranda coming down the street. Ingenious musical parades for iPhones, hand bells, bicycles, trombones, and boomboxes have delighted audiences since New York City began celebrating Make Music Winter in 2011. Whatever your wintertime musical dreams, anything is possible. And all of it is free, joyful, and profoundly participatory. (source:

Learn more about Make Music Winter here.

More about the event here

The Children’s Museum | 10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Registration is closed for Make Music Pittsburgh 2019. Be sure to check our site again in spring 2020 for registration information!

In the meantime, please contact us at with any questions.




All concerts are free and open to the public. That being said, your donations help make it possible. 

If you would like to donate to Make Music Day Pittsburgh, please visit our Go Fund Me Campaign or contact us directly at if you are interested in supporting this amazing day!


Having people join our team increases the chances for further success for Make Music Day.

If you would like to volunteer on Make Music Day, please contact us at  or fill out our Google Form


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*If you are interested in writing about Make Music Pittsburgh, please contact us at – and thank you!*


Make Music Pittsburgh has a rockin’ team! Thanks to these folks the festival gets bigger every year. Interested in joining? Contact us at  or fill out our Google Form


Michaela Kizershot White – Co-Director

Michaela Kizershot White graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in violin performance and a second major in music education. Her career began in Cleveland’s K-12 public schools where she taught both general music as well as middle and high school orchestra. Her love for engaging individuals with music has led Michaela to Carnegie Mellon University, where she is currently working on completing her Master of Arts Management. Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2018, she has had the opportunity to work as the Digital Media Assistant of The Mendelssohn Choir as well as work as the Education Department Intern for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Michaela’s research on audience preferences in education and engagement through social mobile technologies can be found published in the Arts Management and Technology Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon. She currently lives in Regent Square and enjoys training for marathons and playing violin and bass duets with her husband.



André Solomon – Co-Director

André Solomon originates from Methuen Massachusetts, a small suburban town north of Boston. For his studies, André holds a Bachelors of Arts with a concentration of Flute from Syracuse University, while currently pursuing a Masters degree in Arts Management with a concentration in Community Engagement at Carnegie Mellon University. With both degrees, André hopes to enforce social justice for the arts; a belief that the arts are not frivolous but a necessary component of human development. As a minority in the Arts world, both as an artist and arts manager, André also wants to provide a chance for people of color to visualize representation; therefore, ownership to actualize their dreams. 

Besides work/school, you can catch André performing in ensembles, dancing and working hard at the gym. 

“Without Music Life Would be a Mistake”


Haley Noorden – Graphic Designer

Haley Nordeen is currently a Master of Arts Management candidate at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, she works as a summer Development Fellow at the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, and was previously the Digital Content Manager in Marketing at Carnegie Mellon School of Music. She majored in Viola Performance with a minor in Graphic Design at American University in Washington, D.C. Previously, she studied abroad and taught English in Vienna, Austria for 2 years. She continues to learn German and plans to study next year at the Insitut for Kulturmanagement in Ludwigsburg, Germany. She looks forward to continuing to serve the arts community in design, marketing and development roles!




Emily Halpern – Communications/PR

Emily Halpern works as a marketing agency professional in Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Arts Management Program and Boston University’s College of Communication. For the past five years, Emily has worked in various marketing roles ranging from creative asset and website development to user-experience research to project management. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with loved ones, eating tacos, and practicing at Amazing Yoga in Shadyside.




Advisory Committee

Aubrey Carpenter 

Mark Despotakis 

Zoe Sorrell 

Brad Wittmer 

Sondra E. Woodruff II


Jiashun Fang

Tom White

Sarah Schreck


Jasmine Kurjakovic


2019 Gallery


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