Flowerpot Music

Music on June 21 can come from anyone, anywhere, and anything – even flowerpots.

Flowerpot Music, written by celebrated composer Elliot Cole and directed by percussionist Peter Ferry, is a composition for an unlikely but beautiful percussion instrument – the flowerpot! Last year on June 21st, forty-five groups around the world assembled in parks, fields and public squares, to learn and then perform the piece, specially composed for Make Music Day.

Flowerpot Music returns in 2022! Join a group and create outdoor soundscapes through easy-to-learn games, appropriate for musicians and non-musicians alike.

Register here to start a Flowerpot Music event near you, or to be connected with a local event leader.
Mallets for Flowerpot Music generously donated by:


Altoona, PA
Location: ArtsAltoona Center: Mural Green
Time: 1:00 – 1:30 pm

Auburn, CA
Location: Art Park

Cotuit, MA
Location: Ropes Field, Cotuit, MA
Time: 6:30 pm

Flagstaff, AZ
Location: Wheeler Park
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Fort Collins, CO
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Fort Worth, TX

Fountain Valley, CA
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Houston, TX
Location: Mandell Park
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Innsbrook, MO
Time: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm

Interlochen, MI
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Lancaster, PA
Location: Finn’s Park
Time: 12:00 – 8:00 pm

Middleton, WI
Location: City Hall Greenspace
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Montclair, NJ
Location: Crane Park, Montclair
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nashville, TN
Location: Shelby Bottoms Park Nature Center
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

New York, NY
(online version)

New York, NY
Location: Prospect Park
Time: 5:00 – 8:30 pm

Oklahoma City, OK
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Orange, CA
Location: The Potting Shed
Time: 5:20 – 6:00 pm

Portland, ME
Location: Moon Tide Park at Ocean Gateway
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Providence, RI
Location: Lipitt Memorial Park
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Provo, UT
Location: Bill Harris Music
Time: 12:00 – 6:00pm

Santa Fe, NM
Location: Monica Lucero Park
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

St Louis, MO

Tucson, AZ
Time: 9:00 – 9:30 am

Wheaton, IL

Windsor, Ontario
Location: Willistead Park
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm



Make Music Day 2021 Flowerpot Music: Gallery

Photo of composer Elliot Cole

Elliot Cole, Composer

Elliot Cole is a composer and “charismatic contemporary bard” (New York Times) whose music “evokes sparkling icicles of sound” (Rolling Stone). He has performed his music with Grammy winners Roomful of Teeth, Grammy nominees A Far Cry and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as Alkemie Early Music Ensemble, Projeto Arcomusical, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and as a member of the book-club-band Oracle Hysterical. His percussion music has been performed by over 250 percussion ensembles all over the world. He is on faculty at The New School and Juilliard Evening Division, and also runs a music school for incarcerated men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, NY.

Peter Ferry - photo by Marquisha Lu

Peter Ferry, Artistic Director

Acclaimed as “the ingenious percussionist Peter Ferry,” (Chicago Sun-Times), Peter Ferry is a young American percussion soloist re-imagining classical performances around the world through contemporary repertoire projects and innovative artistic collaborations. Ferry has been a guest artist at dozens of universities as well as the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in New Brunswick, NJ, and has stepped in as a guest percussionist with acclaimed ensembles Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Eighth Blackbird. With Alarm Will Sound, Ferry serves as the Assistant Director of Artistic Planning, envisioning and managing the artistic activities of one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles.