Make Music


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