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Link Up in the New York City Area

The Orchestra Sings

Link Up guides students in grades 3–5 through a yearlong exploration of orchestral repertoire and music making. This year, we are excited to announce a new version of Link Up: The Orchestra Sings, exploring what makes a great melody. At the end of the year, students will sing and play the recorder with a professional orchestra in a culminating concert at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Concerts will take place on May 24, 25, and 26, 2022.

Professional Development Workshop Schedule

Mandatory Fall Professional Development Workshops (Choose One)

Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 2 PM–4 PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 4:30 PM–6:30 PM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 4:30 PM–6:30 PM
Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 4:30 PM–6:30 PM

Optional Winter Professional Development Workshop

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 4:30 PM–6:30 PM

Culminating Concerts

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 10:15 AM and 11:45 AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 10:15 AM and 11:45 AM
Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 10:15 AM and 11:45 AM


There is a general fee of $6 per student and $30 per teacher. Participating schools may bring no more than one chaperone per 10 students, free of charge. Payment by personal check, credit card, and/or copy of certified purchase order is due by Monday, January 31, 2022.

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Contact Us

For application and program questions, email linkup@carnegiehall.org.

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Concert Repertoire

Repertoire Exploration

Learn fundamental concepts of music and engage in creative activities through a deeper exploration of the ideas and themes of the Link Up repertoire.

The Orchestra Rocks with Pulse

How do we use rhythmic pulse to make music rock? Students explore steady beat, tempo, and strong and weak beats as they experience the pulse that drives music.

The Orchestra Rocks with Rhythm

How do composers rock using rhythmic phrases, meters, and beats? Students explore rhythmic phrasing, syncopation, and accents in the concert repertoire.

The Orchestra Rocks with Movement

What is the role of movement and dance in music that rocks? Students discover dance forms associated with three pieces of repertoire from different eras.

Sounds that Rock

What are the sounds that make music rock? Students will explore timbre, volume, and other sound qualities that make music rock, and discover how musicians use their own individual sounds when covering an original song.

Instrument Families

A Link Up concert at Carnegie Hall

Get to Know the Orchestra

What is an orchestra? Students learn about the instruments and families of the orchestra.

Concert Experience

Children enjoy a Link Up concert in Carnegie Hall

Prepare for the Culminating Concert

How can we prepare for and reflect on our culminating concert experience with our Link Up partner orchestra? Students learn about Carnegie Hall and important landmarks in their own neighborhood, as well as prepare for and reflect on the culminating concert.

Additional Information

Fund II Foundation

Lead support for Link Up is provided by Fund II Foundation.

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Additional funding for Link Up is provided by Linda and Earle S. Altman, The Barker Welfare Foundation, JJR Foundation, Macy's, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

Link Up in New York City schools is made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.

The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

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