Sunburst Blog

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  March 01, 2019 

Congratulations to the 2018 House Band for an Amazing Season!

House BandWe just wanted to give our 2018 House Band a shout out for all their hard work and all of the incredible shows they’ve played over the past year. The band capped their season with a killer performance at the Spirit Lodge in February, although they’ll get to have an encore performance at the WYEP Summer Music Festival as part of the ReImagination project. Special shout out within a shout out to Riley Deringor, Shane Cranor and Mason Miller, these three have been with the House Band since it began and will be headed off to college in the fall. Check out some of their performances from over the years on Sunburst’s instagram. We’ve also got some recordings coming soon.

Stay tuned next month to meet the 2019 House Band!

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  March 01, 2019 

Now Collecting Materials for Junk Yard Jams Camp

Do you often stare at your recycling bin and think how musical everything in there looks? We do too! Our Junk Yard Jams camp is all about creating instruments from recycled materials, and we need your help to get our collection ready! Item’s of particular interest are large cardboard tubes, water jugs, and lidded tins but we’re open to anything that our campers can use to get creative. Much like the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, we prefer our materials to be clean and food free prior to donation.

Drop off donations at the desk or let us know if you have any questions!

Check out info and sign up for Junk Yard Jams and our other camps on our camps page

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  March 01, 2019 

Keep Rockin’ this Summer with the Summer Lite Plan

With Summer Camps, holiday travel and the like, we know summer can be a tricky time to keep up with your music practice. Our goal is to make it easier for students and families to do their thing during the summer, without losing too much ground with their practicing, and also not need to worry about losing a spot with their favorite instructor.

Enter the Summer Lite Plan, newly revamped for 2019.

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  February 06, 2019 

New Recordings From Sunburst Rocks!

At the conclusion of each season, our Sunburst Rocks Main Stage, Emerging Artists and Suntones programs hit the studio to lay down some tracks of what they've been working on. To wrap up last fall's Pittsburgh Live! Season the groups recorded a great combination of cover and original songs that we're excited to share with you below, let us know what you think!


Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  February 04, 2019 

Summer Camps Announced!

Our full slate of 2019 Spring Break and Summer Camps are here! Check them out and sign up over on our camps page.

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  February 04, 2019 

Student Open Mic Night April 5th

You’ve been taking lessons and practicing, now’s your chance to share your song on stage at Sunburst! Our Student Open Mic Night is a mini-recital in between our main recitals which take place in December and June. We’ll be hosting an all ages session from 6-7:30pm and a BYOB adults only session from 7:30-9pm. Talk to your instructor about getting ready for performing, and sign up at the desk!

  • Student Open Mic Night at Sunburst
  • Friday, April 5th
  • All Ages Session - 6pm–7:30pm
  • BYOB Adults Only Session - 7:30pm–9pm
  • Time slots are first come first serve, email us or sign up at the desk today!
Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  January 10, 2019 

2019 House Band Auditions Feb 24th

It’s that time of year again! Time to audition to be a part of the Sunburst School of Music House Band! The Sunburst House Band is an all-star group of young musicians ages 10-17 who are ready to take the town by storm with a ton of amazing performing and recording opportunities year round. This is an opportunity for our most passionate vocalists, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and drummers to really dig in and take their playing and performing to the next level.

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  December 05, 2018 

Sunburst House Band Chosen for WYEP REimagination Project

Sunburst House BandWe’re proud to announce that the Sunburst School of Music House Band has been chosen to participate in this year’s WYEP REimagination Project. The project pairs some of the area’s brightest young musicians with some of the area’s most accomplished producers and engineers to put together an album of all original music. The kids will also get the chance to further kick start their careers with band photos, bios, and performances at the WYEP Summer Music Festival.

In addition to the House Band, a number of other Sunburst students including the Allies, Sloane Simon, and Eli Alfieri were selected as well. We’d like to congratulate all of the participants and wish them the best of luck with their writing, producing and performing!

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  December 05, 2018 

New Album from Rose Winston

Sunburst instructor Rose Winston has released Quartz, an album of “Moody, melodic hand-crafted beats for your easy listening pleasure.” Each track is a delightfully off-kilter combination of rhythms and unexpected textures tied together with Rose’s ethereal vocals. The music is angular, leaning on odd timing and a sort of musical power clashing aesthetic, yet the overall effect is organic, inviting and dare I say catchy?

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  December 05, 2018 

New Tribute Song from Sunburst Student Duvy Burston

Our friend Duvy Burston is out with a new song Ki Ata Imadi paying trib- ute to the Tree of Life victims. Duvy pairs his silky vocals with some earthy guitar chords and delicate yet balanced production on this heartfelt ballad. Check out Duvy’s track and help spread peace and love wherever you go!

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