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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  June 03, 2019 

Instructor Band Bonanza 2019

Each June we like to highlight all of our instructor's exciting musical projects in our Instructor Band Bonanza! Check em out: 

hunnycombProject Name: hunnycomb

Teacher(s) Involved: Chloe Wieczorek, Kevin Lynch

How did your group get started?
Before the group came to be(e) performed as a solo artist, collaborating with various musician friends. Then she found some home bois 4 lyfe and they were Kevin on drums, Bryce Rabideau on guitar, and Jonah Petrelli on bass.

How would you describe your sound?
R&B/Neo-Soul... Jazzy-Pop nectar for your soul.

What's on the horizon for your group?
The horizon = a lot of performing, writing, recording, and promoting. We plan to release at least one single before the end of the year, in preparation for our 2020 album debut. (Oh and we have a cover music video streaming the interwebs this Friday!)

Where can we listen to your music and/or see you play?
Follow us online @hunnycombmusic on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube

Here's when you can catch us this summer:
6/8 - 9pm - w/ Lyndsey Smith and Starship Mantis @ Hard Rock Cafe
6/14 - 7pm - Frick Park After Dark @ Frick Environmental Center
7/6 - 7pm - Stars at Riverview Jazz Series @ Riverview Park, Observatory Hill
7/12 - 4pm - Deutschtown Music Festival @ Main Stage

Rose WinstonProject Name: Rose Winston

Teacher(s) Involved:  Solo project by Anne Angyal

How would you describe your sound?
Lo-fi Electronic Pop - It has been described as Animal Collective/Arthur Russell meets Sade

What's on the horizon for your group?
This summer Rose Winston will tour the East Coast and Midwest for a few weeks in August. Look online at to see if you might be traveling in one of those cities - or tell your friends to come out and say hi.

Where can we listen to your music and/or see you play?
You can listen online (Spotify, Bandcamp, Youtube), CDs will be available soon and Rose Winston will be playing in Pittsburgh at Nights of Conroy with Ami Dang on Aug. 24

radon chongProject: Radon Chong

Teachers Involved: Brian Hecht

How did your group get started:

I rediscovered some midi files I generated with notation software before I knew anything about harmony or music theory. I liked the mix of randomness and everything being in the same key (I don’t think I knew how to enter sharps and flats in the software). I started writing little things on the guitar, trying to capture this “vibe.” Once the band was put together the music became shaped more by the musician’s personalities and individual styles than by my early unschooled experiments, but we tried to keep an attitude of not worrying if things “made sense.” The big discovery for me was that it's not necessary to set arbitrary limits on the music you are making; in the absence of unlimited time and money limits will present themselves.

How would you describe your sound:

The city paper described our debut cassette as “sitting at the intersection of post-rock’s interwoven trajectories and Captain Beefheart’s atonal laments.”

What’s on the horizon for your group:

We plan on releasing a 4 song EP sometime in the second half of the year.

Where can we listen:

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  June 03, 2019 

Instructor Concert Calendar - June 2019

See performances from your favorite Sunburst Instructors!

Chloe, Kevin
Frick Park After Dark w/ hunnycomb - Frick Park - Fri, June 14 - 7pm

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh present Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Heinz Hall - June 6-9


Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  May 29, 2019 

John O' Brien - Teacher of the Month - June 19

John O'BrienJohn O Brien is our Teacher of the Month! Hear what John has to say about being a teacher and his love for music, and check out some videos of John jamming with students.



What kind of music do you like to play?

I like to improvise so anything with interesting harmony and strong melodies!

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  May 06, 2019 

Spring Recital 2019 Teacher List

Our spring recitals are June 7th, 9th and 15th, here’s a schedule of which instructors will be at which recital session. Talk to your instructor about getting prepared to perform and sign up by calling, emailing or stopping by the desk the next time you’re in!

Sun 6/9 - 10-11am

Sun 6/9 - 12-1pm

Sun 6/9 - 2-3pm

Sun 6/9 - 4-5pm

Anne Angyal

Fin Hagerty-Hammond

Ben Rossman

Jonathan Cordle

Annina Deberardinis

Heather DiCicco

Jordan Main

Mikey Meiers

John O'Brien

Lucas Bowman


Rich Kawood


Shane McLaughlin

Sat 6/15 - 10-11am

Sat 6/15 - 12-1pm

Sat 6/15 - 2-3pm

Sat 6/15 - 4-5pm

Chloe Wieczorek

Bryan Persinger

Brian Hecht

Ben Sherman

Max Somerville

Ernie Francestine

Leigh Usilton

Kevin Lynch

Todd Saulle

Nicholas Huneycutt

Molly Gavin

Mike Molaro


Sam Roschewsk


Sydney Kaczorowski

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  May 06, 2019 

BurghSong Spring 2019 Finale Sat May 18th

ShannonJoin us for the final installment of this Spring’s BurghSong concert series, featuring local favorite and BurghSong founder Ben Shannon and Baltimore singer songwriter Letitia VanSant. The BurghSong series pairs local and national songwriters for an intimate night of stories and songs and a listening room environment unique to Pittsburgh. Tickets are just $10 for students of Sunburst!


Heather DiCicco by Heather DiCicco  May 06, 2019 

Borrow Music Gear from the Carnegie Library Music Department

synthDid you know that the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers resources to help you become a better musician? All you need is a library card to access extensive musical resources at the Music Department of the Carnegie Library Main in Oakland.

You can find print and e-books about music theory, instrument instruction, and band biographies, as well as sheet music and guitar tabs. If you want to learn about Pittsburgh’s rich music history the library offers books, periodicals and scrapbooks of musicians of the 19th and 20th centuries. A music librarian can help you on your search or lead tours upon request.

If you’re looking for something more hands-on, try out the electronic instruments found at the library’s Musical Instrument Playground. You can even check out gear! Synthesizers, beatmakers, sequencers, effects pedals, digital theremins, recording equipment and ukuleles are available for 3-week rentals. Call 412.622.3105 to put an instrument on hold or stop in to check them out. If you’re under 18 you’ll need a parent or guardian to accompany you at check out.

For updates on classes and programs sign up for the monthly Music, Film & Audio eNewsletter or contact the Music Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  April 03, 2019 

Meet the 2019 Sunburst House Band!

The 2019 Sunburst House Band has been decided, and they’ve already been practicing hard for a few weeks. Meet the 7 students who’ll be playing gigs all year representing our community! Check out our Events Page all year round for when you can catch one of their shows, you can also follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates.

House Band 2019 Group shot

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  April 03, 2019 

Behind the Glass: Top Record Producers of All Time

behind the glassThis Summer our group programs, Sunburst Rocks Main Stage, Emerging Artists and the Suntones, will be learning all about the works of the greatest record producers of all time. What are record producers? They’re the people on the other side of the recording studio glass who help make all of the little decisions that add up to amazing music–none of your favorite songs would exist without them!

From the Beatles to Beyonce, every great musician is but one part of a team who works together to make the music we love. If you think of a band or artist as an orchestra, the producer is the conductor; while they may never touch an instrument, they’re often the single most important factor in how the music turns out. Like great musicians, great producers have their own sound and style and can give birth to huge movements in music, art, and culture through their work.

Our bands will choose from a list of incredible producers including: 

  • Quincy Jones
  • Brian Eno
  • Timbaland
  • Rick Rubin
  • Jack Antonoff, and more

The Bands will then conduct research to come up with a setlist of songs they produced. We’ll learn about what makes each producers style distinct and see if we can rework some of our other favorite songs in that style. We’ll also try our hand at songwriting and work to come up with a few tunes of our own to round out our set.

Our Behind the Glass Season runs June through August and will feature several performance opportunities within the month of August.

Read more about our group programs Sunburst Rocks, Emerging Artists and The Suntones and get in touch with us to sign up or if you have any questions!

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  April 03, 2019 

Spring Recitals Announced!

RecitalWe’re excited to announce that our Spring Recitals will be taking place in early June, with 9 recital sessions and hundreds of performers we’re expecting this to be the most fun yet! Our recitals aren’t about perfection, they’re about learning and growing through performance and about supporting our fellow learners for all of the hard work they’ve put in. That’s why we always recommend to any and every student that they at least try getting on stage and playing something they’ve been working on, even if it’s really simple.

We break our recitals into one hour sessions with a few of our instructors at each. We’ve found that between 12-15 performers and their friends and families fill the room nicely without overcrowding and that an hour is an agreeable length of time or even our youngest audience members to stay engaged through.

Next month we’ll be posting the list of which instructors will be in which sessions, and we’ll start taking sign ups at the desk. For now, we just wanted to make sure our students save the date for our big Spring Recitals!

Sunburst Spring Recitals:

  • Friday 6/7 - 7-9p - Adults Only, BYOB
  • Sunday 6/9 - 10-11a, 12-1p, 2-3p, 4-5p - All Ages
  • Saturday 6/15 - 10-11a, 12-1p, 2-3p, 4-5p - All Ages
Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  March 01, 2019 

Catch Sunburst Director Alex Stanton Live at Sunburst March 16th!

alex stantonSunburst founder and director (and me, your faithful Sunburst News Editor) will be taking the stage at Sunburst for a solo acoustic performance on Saturday March 16th as part of the BurghSong Concert series, which pairs local and touring songwriters for intimate shows. Alex’s music project townsppl was just awarded the 2018 Local Album of the Year from WYEP, he’ll be performing some songs from that record, as well as testing out some brand new ones. The show also features Alice Peacock from Nashville.

Tickets are $10 for Sunburst students and families, with Alex’s share going to the Sunburst Music Scholarship Fund.

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