This week, the Weill Music Institute’s Link
Up music education program concludes the school year with five interactive
children’s concerts at Carnegie Hall. Over 15,000 New York-area students,
grades 3–5, are visiting the hall for an hour-long performance called
The Orchestra Sings, featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s,
conductor Rossen Milanov, composer and host Thomas Cabaniss, and renowned
Broadway vocalist Nathaniel Stampley (The Lion King).
The performance in action, as students join in with recorders from the audience. Photo:
Up pairs orchestras, in New York and across the country, with schools in
their local communities, inviting them to learn about orchestral repertoire
through a year-long hands-on music
curriculum provided free-of-charge by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie
Buses from 18 schools across the
region line up outside Carnegie Hall. Photo: Adrienne Stortz.
Link Up teachers guide students in exploring music
through a composer’s lens, with students participating in active music making
in the classroom, performing repertoire on recorder, violin, voice, or body
percussion and taking part in creative work such as composing.
Students playing recorders onstage with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Photo:
In New York, students are exploring the
concept of melody through a range of colorful orchestral repertoire. Music
featured in the final concert includes Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New
World” (second movement); Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”; and Copland’s “I Bought Me
Register your NYC-area school to be
part of Link Up in 2011–2012! Or visit the Online Resource Center to register for free curriculum materials
you can use anywhere in the country.
Related: Dr. Claire Hillard on the Link Up National
Experience Apply to
participate in Link Up 2011–2012