Link Up with Carnegie Hall


In Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks, students learn about how rhythm is a universal element of music. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. Through the Link Up repertoire, students explore rhythm, pulse, and groove as listeners, composers, and performers, and play and sing alongside the Springfield Symphony Orchestra! The culminating Concert for Young People is at 10am on March 21, 2018 at Kuss Auditorium.

Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, pairs orchestras with students in grades 3–5 at schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. Students participating in Link Up attend a culminating concert, in which they sing and play recorders or string instruments with the orchestra from their seats. Students also compose and perform their own pieces inspired by the orchestral repertoire studied.

Since 2003, Carnegie Hall has partnered with local, professional, community, and university orchestras to offer Link Up at sites across the United States and around the world. Through this partnership, Carnegie Hall aims to support orchestras’ existing education programs, strengthen their partnerships with local schools, and provide the highest quality curricula, resources, professional development, and other support.


The Orchestra Rocks: 10am, March 21, 2018 at Kuss Auditorium.

Repertoire Highlights:

  • Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore (singing, recorders)
  • In the Field Stood a Birch Tree, folk song from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 (singing, recorders)
  • Dance of the Adolescents from The Rite of Spring (rhythm and accents)
  • O Fortuna from Carmina Burana (singing modified lyrics - in Latin!)
  • Mars from The Planets (listening)

Register today for Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks
Deadline to sign up: October 1, 2017
Mandatory Professional Development for all participating teachers: TBA
Complete the Registration Form here »

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