Calliope promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary folk music and its allied arts.
Calliope’s tri-partite mission as presenter, educator, and community-builder has evolved naturally and steadily since our founding in 1976. We continue to evolve as the product of Pittsburgh’s enthusiasm for celebrating the many musical forms and influences that shape the American experience.
Calliope’s first mission is to remain the premier presenter of traditional and roots-based music in Western Pennsylvania. We strive to present performing artists of national and international reputation, to promote and encourage regional performers, and to reward audiences with experiences of music rarely presented elsewhere in our region.
Our second mission is accomplished through the Calliope School of Folk Music, Dance, and Craft, which provides accessible instruction of the highest quality for teaching heritage-based music and craft to adults, teens, and children through classes, workshops, jam sessions, and collaborations with other organizations.
Music is a language through which we speak, learn, create, and come to know our world – engaging individuals of all backgrounds. People of all races and economic backgrounds find common interest in music. Calliope’s third mission is to bring together people from many neighborhoods, ages and ethnicities to experience each other’s music and movement traditions, to trade stories, to forge friendships. Within this mission, Calli