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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.

Download 2021–2022 Teacher Guide (PDF)

Professional Development Workshop Schedule

Mandatory Fall Professional Development Workshop (Online)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 4:15 PM–6:15 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.

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 Elements of Melody

What fundamental elements do composers use to create great melodies?

Building on Melody: Melodic Layers

How does a melody change when layered with another melody?

Building on Melody: Lyrics

How do composers combine music and words?

Melodies in Context: Stories, Cultural Influences, and Dance

How are melodies represented and shared across cultures?

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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