Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  March 08, 2017 

Sunburst News

–March 2017–

In this Issue:

  • House Band Auditions

  • BurghSong Concert March 18th

  • Performance Night 

  • Spring Break Kickoff Party

  • Summer Camps Early Bird Pricing Extended


Important Dates:

  • BurghSong Presents Mark Williams & Ray Bonneville @ Sunburst - Sat, Mar. 18th, 7pm 

  • Performance Night @ Sunburst - Sat, Mar. 25th, 5pm & 7pm

  • House Band Auditions @ Sunburst - Sun, Apr. 2nd, 5pm

  • Spring Break Kick Off Party @ Sunburst - Fri, Apr. 7th, 7pm

  • Spring Break Camp @ Sunburst - Mon, Apr. 10th, 9am

House Band Auditions

Join the Sunburst House Band, See the World! Auditions April 2nd

empty stageThe Sunburst House Band is a performance program comprised of all-star students at Sunburst. Unlike our other group programs, this group will be rehearsing, performing and progressing together year round. Our house band will perform high profile gigs both supporting and headlining as well as performing at a number of community events in and around Pittsburgh throughout the year.

Unlike Sunburst Rocks, the house band will eschew seasonal themes and the material will be chosen by the band members with help from their instructors. We will also work towards doing some songwriting as well with the goal of putting together sets that are a good balance of familiar and original music.

Like Sunburst Rocks, we will have a two hour rehearsal each week (Sundays 5-7pm). Students will be selected for one year appointments, we will have extra mid-year auditions to fill someone’s spot if necessary. The House Band will be free for anyone who is currently enrolled in Sunburst Rocks, or the price of Sunburst Rocks ($99/mo) for any other students.

Auditions will take place Sunday April 2nd at 5pm. Students will need to prepare a piece of music a few minutes in length that they believe best highlights their unique talents. We will also be teaching them a song as part of the audition process to test their ability to pick up something new. Students may audition for multiple instruments if they so choose. The final band will consist of 5-10 students.

The Sunburst House Band is a new program that we’re very excited about and we feel could be a great opportunity for the continued growth of our most dedicated young musicians. Auditions are open to any of our students under the age of 18, RSVP at the desk!

Alex & Kiki performing BurghSong 2015Alex & Kiki performing BurghSong 2015

BurghSong Concert Series Brings Local and National Songwriters to Sunburst

Spring 2017 season starts March 18th with Mark Williams and Ray Bonneville

The BurghSong concert series began in 2014 as the brainchild of local singer songwriters Christopher Mark Jones and Ben Shannon. The goal was to create a place where songwriters could share their work with audiences in the intimate style that was becoming popular in people’s living rooms on a circuit of informal house concerts. In 2015 Sunburst joined the team and became BurghSong’s faux living room concert space.

On March 18th, the 2017 season begins with blues singer Ray Bonneville currently hailing from Austin, Texas. Bonneville is full of interesting stories, a quebec native who served in Vietnam, takes his musical cues from New Orleans and happens to be the winner of multiple Juno Awards (like the Canadian Grammy). He performs solo playing acoustic guitar with a slide and interspersing his lyrics with soulful harmonica playing. On the local side we’re thrilled to be hosting Mark Williams, another soulful singer and guitarist who’s music is best imagined emanating from a front porch somewhere. Williams plays around with blues, americana, bluegrass and soul and is also a teacher at the nearby Environmental Charter School.

The format for BurghSong is three shows in the fall, three shows in the spring, always on the third Saturday of the month and starting at 7pm with 50 minute sets from the local and then the national. Tickets are half off for Sunburst Students and families! Here is the schedule for the remainder of the 2016-17 season:

Saturday, March 18 – Ray Bonneville / Mark Williams

Saturday, April 15 – Heather Pierson / Rachel Whitcomb

Saturday, May 20 – Rachael Kilgour / Alexander Stanton (Hey, that’s me!)

Ticket prices are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for Sunburst Students (Hey, that’s you!). Read more at

Summer Camps Early Bird Pricing Extended

$50 Discount Extended through March!

Campers perform outdoors in 2016Campers perform outdoors in 2016Our Summer Camps are on sale and there’s still time to save big. Our $50 discount for early bird pricing is extended through March 31st for all camps, including our Spring Break Camp. Talk to us or checkout for a full rundown on how camps work at Sunburst. Here’s a quick recap:

April 10-14th - Queens of Pop: Knowles, Gaga & Swift – The Trifecta (SPRING BREAK)

June 19-23rd - Night at the Hip-Rock Opera: Vol II

June 26-30th - Warped Summer: Punk Rock Extravaganza

August 7-11th - Camp Studio: Let's Make an Album!

Kick Off Party Poster

Spring Break Kick Off Party

Free Concert by and for kids at Sunburst April 7th

How are you gonna spend your spring break? Netflix binge? 168 hours of video games? Or maybe our amazing spring break camp? (wink wink wink) However you spend it, make sure you kick it off with our Spring Break Concert April 7th! Live music and pizza... oh yeah, did we mention it was free?! Tell your friends and save the date. Full band lineup TBA.

Instructor Concert Calendar

Where can you catch your favorite Sunburst Instructors performing live this month? Here’s where:

Heather @ Nordy’s at Univ. of Pittsburgh - March 15th, 12-1pm

Chloe @ James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy - April 13th, 8:30pm

Performance Night Coming Up

March 25th is your time to shine!

Saturday March 25th is fast approaching, and it’s your chance to take the stage at Sunburst and sing/strum/play/drum your heart out. Any and all students of Sunburst are invited to perform in one of two sessions 5-7pm or 7-9pm. Please RSVP at the desk or talk to your instructor if you’d like to play.


As always we love to hear your feedback about the newsletter, or anything else for that matter. You can reach us at (412) 475-8280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thanks for reading!
–Sunburst Team 

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