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Link Up Across the Country

Carnegie Hall’s Link Up, a music education program for students in grades 3–5, now reaches 380,000 students and teachers worldwide through partnerships with over 90 orchestras in the US, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Kenya, Puerto Rico, and Spain. Participants learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom in preparation to perform with a professional orchestra from their seats during exciting culminating concerts. Check out photos, videos, and stories from Link Up programs around the country and beyond below.

Link Up Seattle Symphony  

Seattle Symphony (Washington)

Fifth grade students from Wolfle Elementary School in Kingston, Washington, had the opportunity to compose a piece that was performed by the Seattle Symphony in March. With guidance from their music teacher, the students learned about musical notation, pitch, and tempo using computer software. A collaborative effort, the final "Wolfle” Symphony featured violins, trumpets, and snare drums, and had a fanfare feel. See photos and videos of the fun compositional process in this article from the Kitsap Sun.

Link Up Stamford Symphony  

Stamford Symphony (Connecticut)

“What’s really cool about this program is that it can be tailored to each individual student,” said Sandy Errico, a music teacher at Springdale Elementary School in Stamford, Connecticut, and a music content leader for the district. “They’re able to work on their strengths.” See photos and learn more in this article about the Stamford Symphony’s Link Up program from the Stamford Advocate.

Link Up Akron Symphony  

Akron Symphony (Ohio)

About 3,500 students from 52 different schools took part in Link Up concerts in Akron, Ohio, playing and singing along to Verdi’s “Anvil Chorus” from Il trovatore, Orff’s “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, and other classic pieces as part of The Orchestra Rocks, a Link Up curriculum that explores rhythm, pulse, and groove. See photos from the Akron Symphony performances on Cleveland.com.

Link Up Flagstaff Symphony  

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (Arizona)

Dressed in traditional Navajo clothing, Alicia, a 9-year-old student from Puente De Hozho Bilingual Magnet School in Flagstaff, Arizona, plays her recorder along with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. The concert also included young musicians from Desert View Elementary School who traveled more than two hours from Page, Arizona, for the performance. See more photos via the Arizona Daily Sun.

Link Up South Dakota Symphony  

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (South Dakota)

1,900 fourth grade students joined the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra this March for a Link Up concert in Sioux Falls, singing “Ode to Joy” as part of The Orchestra Sings, a Link Up curriculum that explores how composers create great melodies. Hear them sing and see photos in this piece from the Argus Leader.

Link Up Corporacion de las Artes Musicales  

Corporación de las Artes Musicales (Puerto Rico)

On March 15, Link Up made its debut in Puerto Rico, with hundreds of kids playing the recorder and violin and singing along with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in Santurce, San Juan. Students from 24 different schools took part in the concerts—presented by the Corporación de las Artes Musicales—which utilized a Spanish-language curriculum originally developed for the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain. View Spanish-language press coverage of this event in this story from El Nuevo Día.

Photography: Seattle Symphony by Larry Steagall / Kitsap Sun, Stamford Symphony by Michael Cummo / Hearst Connecticut Media, Akron Symphony by Shane Wynn / Cleveland.com, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra by Jake Bacon / Arizona Daily Sun, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra by Jay Pickthorn / Argus Leader, Corporación de las Artes Musicales by Héctor Vázquez

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