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2023 Make Music Day, York County Events:

(Updated 6/14/23)

Click here to download the Schedule and Map of Walkable Locations

Event details and additional events will be added through June. There will be a main hub of events, including the piano marathon happening in Continental Square in Downtown York during the day!

Continental Square NE Corner

From 12-5pm there will be hands on lessons for kids and adults to try out, as well as intermittent performances by Sergio, Junior and Peter of the Shine Music Foundation.

12:00pm-1:00pm: Intro to Harmonica Lesson and jam time with Daine Russel (harmonica’s provided and can be kept by participants).

12:00-2:00pm: Guitar playalong and lessons with Rod Goelz and and Violin Meetup and intro lesson with Megan Dawn. Join teachers from Shine Music Foundation outside their new location, instruments will be provided!

12:00pm-5:00pm: Percussion Playalong with Shine Music Foundation and Louis Woodard, and Andrew Gobel. Available instruments to play are Panyard Jambie Jam Steel Drums, Boomwhackers and various other percussion instruments!

RalphReal will also be setup teaching participants electronic music and beat-making!

5:30pm: Meet up for a final full performance with anyone and everyone to play Ode to Joy together followed by the Make Music Day Kazoo Parade from Continental Square, through Cherry Lane, to the Courtyard at Gift Horse Brewing for the Drum Circle. Kazoos will be provided!

Continental Square SW Corner

12:00-6:00pm: The York Music Teachers Association is featuring a piano MARATHON! Outside of the Rupp Building near Prince St. Cafe, the piano will play continuously from 12-5:00pm featuring a variety of musicians a styles. Anyone is welcome to drop in and participate!

Featured Pianists:
12-1: Liz Pappion
1-2: Michael Gilliland
2-3: Kelsey Robertson
3-3:30: Randy Yoder
3:30-4: Victor Fields
4-5: Matt Monticchio

Cherry Lane Park

10:00-11:00: Kent Nazareth Yoga Man blend music with movement in this fun and interactive performance especially for kids!

11:30-1:30: Join us for a special bonus Box Lunch Revue featuring Ronn and Ian’s Snack Club. Ronn and Ian get everyone playing along, we’ll have shakers, tambourines, drum sticks and more!

1:45-2:30: Sunny 4Cast Barbershop Quartet. Led by David Kelley, come hear this small group from the White Rose Chorus!

3:00-4:30: Nodding Onion Plant Music. Nodding Onion uses Plant Wave technology to boost the electromagnetic waves of plants, and then improvises alongside them.

String Fling!

12:00pm-5:00pm: String Fling will offer short performances during the afternoon underneath the overhang at 14 W. Market St., directly across from Cherry Lane and will feature professional and student musicians.

The string musicians will offer easy access to “audience participation” with foam violins for young kids, real wood violins for older kids/adults to try and an electric violin provided by Menchey Music! Bring your own instrument to play along, or try one of ours!

York County Libraries

Martin Library: 10am for kids, 2pm for Teens
Join the THEM Collective in writing and performing music in their incredibly unique program.

Dover Library, 10am
will feature Kindermusic programming by Windham Music Studios!

Glen Rock Libary: 1pm
Kindermusic program with Windham Music Studios!

Kaltreider-Benfer Library 1pm-3pm
Kids of any age can write their own songs alongside talented music teacher Matt Monticcio.

Village Library, 10:15am
Join in on Flowerpot Music with Steph Cucina! Flowerpot music is a very simple program where kids learn to play along together using a single percussion mallet and a flowerpot. Flowerpots will be provided but you’re more than welcome to bring your own!

Organ Crawl

1pm-3:30pm: Downtown York Walking Organ Tour! Come along with Dan Brownell as he provides exclusive access to York’s finest organs including the opportunity for anyone to “try it, you’ll like it!” at the organ console, then play a portion of something really recognizable. Audience members will be encouraged to walk to the next location to hear more…and try another organ!

  • 1pm-First Presbyterian Church (225 East Market Street)
  • 1:30pm-Trinity UCC
  • 2pm-St John Episcopal (140 North Beaver Street)
  • 2pm-Heidelberg UCC (47 West Philadelphia Street)
  • 3pm-Capitol Theater (50 North George Street) led by the Susquehanna Valley Theater Organ Society

Unique Locations

Yorktowne Hotel
Cocktail Hour Jazz at the Yorktowne: classic jazz in a classy place:

4pm: Randy Yoder
5pm: Jeff Stabley
6-8 pm: Blaze Fogle’s Right Hand Jazz Quartet

Creative York: 12pm-4pm
Creative York’s front sidewalk will play host to Yorks newest School of Rock! Kids can try out electric guitars and rock instruments.

Noels Rock Shop: 2pm-5pm
York’s newest music store is open on Make Music Day! Stop by and say hello (and Happy Birthday!) to Scott, the owner!

Keystone Kidspace: 2:30-5pm
Kids can make their own musical instrument, as well as offer access to their pianos and drum kit, in partnership with Studio 117.

Harmony Cafe Courtyard: 3pm-6pm
Help paint one of the York Art Associations pianos that will temporarily live in the courtyard outside of Harmony Cafe!

Heidelberg UCC: 4-5:00pm
Andy Milsten Senior Piano Recital featuring solo piano music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Mendelssohn.

Lovedrafts Unplugged: 4pm-10pm
Say thank you to our food sponsor who is graciously feeding all of our musicians on Make Music Day by joining us for a little afterparty (or anytime) at Lovedrafts Unplugged!

All Day: The York Art Association will be unveiling their decorated street pianos around York City!
Pianos will be installed by noon.

Joyful Noise and Kazoo Parade

Our largest group performance of the day! Gather with us by 5:30pm on Continental Square to play Ode to Joy together on any instrument, in one big group!
As soon as you hear Ode to Joy, we hope you will join in!
Kazoos will be provided for all participants, and around 6pm we will be led parade-style down to Gift Horse Brewing who will host our largest drum-circle to date in their courtyard following a 1 year anniversary ribbon cutting at the brewery!

Learn and Explore Playhouse will be open with a multitude of instruments for kids to try out throughout the day!

Make Music Day After Dark

Stick around into the evening as a variety of bars and restaurants host karaoke nights, pub singalong, open mics and music performances.

Songs for a Summer’s Evening: Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Act II 7 pm at Christ Lutheran Church with soprano Leah Crowne, pianist Scott Crowne and guest artists. This is a “pay what you will event”.

Kind of like karaoke but not quite. Plan your evening out and raucously sing along with our song leaders to well-known tunes.
All Pub sings are 8:00-9:00pm

Location 1: First Cap Dispensing Company led by Connor Green
Location 2: Archetype Pizza
Location 3: The Cantina

5:00-7:00pm: Jazz Night at The Parliament with Casta Cigars, featuring DJ Gigi Marrero and Coco Shantelle!

9:00pm-Midnight: Open Mic Night at First Cap Dispensing Co.

Additional live music, karaoke and pub sing locations will be added up until the event!