Make Music


Make Music Platteville is an annual one-day citywide, free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, June 21. This year marks Platteville’s fifth year in the international summer solstice music celebration, we join over 1000 communities around the world in kicking off summer by filling the city with music. Make Music Platteville will turn backyards, front porches and even showers into a virtual stage, and offer a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

2020 provides us with our first Sunday event, and the possibility of operating under quarantine.  Check our “Participate” page for ideas in the event we are unable to gather. (Quarantine Plan B)

What is Make Music Platteville?                                            

  • Make Music Platteville is: Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone
  • A way for all of Platteville to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a buffet of musical merriment.
  • A DIY city-wide celebration when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • Make Music Platteville is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

When will Make Music Platteville take place?

Make Music Platteville will take place on the summer solstice, Sunday, June 21, 2020.

8:00 am-9:00pm

How do I register as an artist?

Registration is closed at this time.  Please share your videos to #makemusicday, #makemusicplatteville

“If you are an artist looking to register for Make Music Platteville, click this “Register here”  and you will be taken to our registration platform.” Be sure to register your ‘stay at home’ music events to be included in the publicity. Deadline for registration is June 10.  We are all in this together!


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Photo courtesy of John Urness
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Virtual/Safe Social Distancing Events for 2020:

ALL events are subject to change. Check back often for updates.

8:30-9:30 am – United Methodist Church FaceBook Live -Music Sunday Worship

10:00 – First Congregational UCC – Music Sunday

10:00 –Community Evangelical Free Church

10:30-11:30 – Park Place Window Serenades #windowserenades

12:00 pm-“Ring in the Longest Day”-Platteville’s very own Wind Chime Ensemble from YOUR own back yard with your own/ or homemade wind chimes. Plan to play your wind chimes at 12:00 noon for 5 minutes.  Listen across Platteville for where the sounds are being made.

Ideas:Do it yourself building of wind chimes

12:00 pm “Bash the Trash” Video conference instrument making with early registration.  Register here (Limited to 100 participants worldwide!). Live Streamed to YouTube! Live Stream Link Bash the Trash “How to Videos” Post your instrument on #bashthetrash, #makemusicday, #makemusicplatteville

1:00-3:00 – Edenbrook Window Serenades #windowserenades

1:00 pm-“Bucket Drumming” on your driveway. Contact us for buckets and sticks.  (Limited number available until they are gone) Bucket drumming teachers in your area/online

2:00 pm- Flute duos/trios at First English Lutheran Church Patio

3:00-4:00  Sienna Crest Window Serenades

4:00-5:20-“Flower Pot Music”-Register here:  

4:00-“Heart Chant” Registration link coming soon.  Limited to 1000 participants worldwide.

5:00-6:30pm – Roy Schroedl- Music in the backyard

5:00 pm “Digital Dance Party” with DJ-Mark Fairchild and dance instructor Sara Koeller.  Watch for the zoom link as the date approaches.  Party on as we celebrate Make Music Platteville 2020.

Activities throughout the day:

National Projects

  • Live From Home Challenge: Record a musical performance at home on June 21, and tag three friends to challenge them to respond with their own performances. Live From Home. #livefromhome , #makemusicday, #makemusicplatteville
  • Harmonica Lessons on line-Instruments available at Driftless Market  Find a local teacher here
  • Online Music Lessons: Teachers around the world will be offering free, online lessons for a variety of instruments on June 21. Check out the schedule for MANY instruments and voice here: Free lessons all day!
  • Global Livestream: a day-long video stream on June 21 will show the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world. Global Live Stream
  • Virtual Shower Singing: Record yourself singing in the shower (fully clothed of course) and share it to the Make Music Platteville Facebook page.  (Check out Josh Groban #ShowerSongs) #makemusicday, #makemusicplatteville
  • 25×12 Live Online LessonsMake Music Day is the perfect opportunity to shake the dust off your instrument and start playing again, or to pick up an instrument for the first time.Need a hand? This June 21, music teachers from around the world will offer 12 hours of free, online group lessons for 25 different instruments, at a range of levels from beginning to advanced. Jump around to sample a range of instruments, or binge on 12 straight hours of your favorite. Online Lessons
  • Window Serenades 
  • Selected nursing homes, and other facilities for vulnerable populations who are unable to leave their homes, are working with local Make Music chapters to invite solo musicians to serenade residents from outside their windows, while practicing social distancing. Residents may tape a piece of brightly colored paper to their window to request a song.
  • This American Song

#makemusicday, #makemusicplatteville

Questions? Contact us.




Mass Appeal

Opportunities in 2020 include the National Alliance Live Stream Events.   Participate from home!

12 Hours of online lessons for MANY different instruments.

Bash the Trash

Heart Chant

Flower Pot Music










ALL events are subject to change. Check back often for updates. For more details, visit the “Participate” section of the web page.  Links to National Events included here.

8:30-9:30 am – United Methodist Church FaceBook Live -Music Sunday Worship

10:00 – First Congragational UCC  Music Sunday -Live and streamed later

10:00 –Community Evangelical Free Church

10:30-11:30 am – Park Place Window Serenades (Marcia Russell and Chris Johnson)

12:00 pm-“Ring in the Longest Day”-Platteville’s very own Wind Chime Ensemble performed by all in your own yard.

12:00 pm -“Bash the Trash

1:00-3:00 – Edenbrook Window Serenades (Kent Schueurell, Chris Johnson, Erin Gleason)

1:00 pm-“Bucket Drumming” on your driveway.

2:00 pm- Flute duos/trios at First English Lutheran Church Patio

3:00-4:00 pm- Sienna Crest Window Serenades (Ben Schmidtke)

4:00pm – Heart Chant

4:00-5:20pm – Flower Pot Music

5:00-6:00 pm- “Digital Dance Party” hosted by EAEntertainment

5:00-6:30 pm –“Roy Schroedl Live”

Check out our “Participate” page for links to events for ‘At Home’





Our sponsors benefit from co-marketing with an event that will be a summer highlight, and receive extensive exposure through print and radio advertising, prominent placement on a highly trafficked website and mobile app, and on posters and banners at the venues. When the Solstice rolls around, we are everywhere.


Make Music Platteville 2020 sponsors include:



Make Music Platteville is a volunteer-organized event and thrives on the support of our community.

What does it cost and where does the money go?  The cost of bringing the  concerts to our venues across Platteville in one day is roughly $1,200.

The work of a small army of volunteers is needed to pull this off on such a limited budget, but unavoidable costs remain, including: publicity and advertising that are critical to the success of the event, software development for the matchmaking system,  and many volunteers to handle the administrative aspects of the nonprofit organization.

Help cover these costs, and be part of bringing the musical merriment to the summer solstice!

Checks can be sent to:
Make Music Platteville
20 South 4th Street
Platteville, WI 53818

Make Music Platteville is affiliated with the Platteville Main Street Program, a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all contributions are tax deductible, as allowed by law.


Make Music Platteville Receives grant from the Robert & Marian Graham Community Fund, a part of the Platteville Community Fund.  

Nancy Fairchild, MMP-president; Nathan Curry, PCF Board Chair; Dan Fairchild, MMP-Vice-President




(Photo courtesy of Barb Daus 11/18)

WEST music is also a prominent supporter of Make Music Platteville


NBC coverage Window Serenades

WGLR-Guest Spotlight-April 2020

Make Music Wisconsin

Check out our press coverage.

Travel Wisconsin

Rolling Stones Article







General Inquiries: Contact form

Organizer:  Nancy Fairchild       Email contact:

Social Online:

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