Schedule

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
Contact: sdilling@artsaltoona.org

Auburn, CA
Location: Art Park
Contact: april.mayn@gmail.com

Cotuit, MA
Location: Ropes Field, Cotuit, MA
Time: 6:30 pm
Contact: sue@blt.org

Flagstaff, AZ
Location: Wheeler Park
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Contact: interferenceseries@gmail.com

Fort Collins, CO
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Contact: cbkuhlman@gmail.com

Fort Worth, TX
Contact: puckmarenglass@gmail.com

Fountain Valley, CA
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Contact: cwilsonsmith@aesd.org

Houston, TX
Location: Mandell Park
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Contact: gardensinevening@gmail.com

Innsbrook, MO
Time: 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Contact: director@innsbrookinstitute.org

Interlochen, MI
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Contact: keith.aleo@interlochen.org

Lancaster, PA
Location: Finn’s Park
Time: 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Contact: colin@musicforeveryone.org

Middleton, WI
Location: City Hall Greenspace
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Contact: estenseng@cityofmiddleton.us

Montclair, NJ
Location: Crane Park, Montclair
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Contact: radio.ruido@gmail.com

Nashville, TN
Location: Shelby Bottoms Park Nature Center
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Contact: jesseastrauss@gmail.com

New York, NY
(online version)
Contact: info@bloomingsounds.com

New York, NY
Location: Prospect Park
Time: 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Contact: peter.hf.ferry@gmail.com

Oklahoma City, OK
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Contact: tjw3@williams.edu

Orange, CA
Location: The Potting Shed
Time: 5:20 – 6:00 pm
Contact: Kim@PacificConservatoryOC.com

Portland, ME
Location: Moon Tide Park at Ocean Gateway
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Contact: jfink2000@gmail.com

Providence, RI
Location: Lipitt Memorial Park
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Contact: matthewkowalskicomposer@gmail.com

Provo, UT
Location: Bill Harris Music
Time: 12:00 – 6:00pm
Contact: info@billharrismusic.com

Santa Fe, NM
Location: Monica Lucero Park
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Contact: santafe@makemusicday.org

St Louis, MO
Contact: nika@makemusicstl.org

Tucson, AZ
Time: 9:00 – 9:30 am
Contact: coreyddenham@gmail.com

Wheaton, IL
Contact: morgan@downtownwheaton.com

Windsor, Ontario
Location: Willistead Park
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Contact: n.papador@gmail.com

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

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.