CARNEGIE HALL’S LINK UP PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GROW, PARTNERING WITH 14 NEW ORCHESTRAS ACROSS THE US AND CANADA THIS SEASON; New Link Up Partnerships Launched in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Ontario, and Nova Scotia

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New Link Up Partnerships Launched in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Hawaii, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Ontario, and Nova Scotia

Interactive Music Education Program Designed for Grades 3–5
Now Serves More Than 300,000 Students and Educators Through
Collaborations With More Than 70 Orchestras Worldwide

Link UpLink Up, Carnegie Hall’s music education program for students in grades 3–5, celebrates its 30th year with dozens of energetic and interactive concerts across the United States and abroad this season. With the addition of 14 new partner orchestras this year, Link Up curriculum and program materials are now being shared for free with more than 70 orchestras across the country from Alaska to Florida, as well as in Canada, Spain, and Japan, serving approximately 300,000 students and teachers around the world.

With materials created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Link Up pairs orchestras with students at schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire and fundamental musical skills, including creative work and composition, through a hands-on music curriculum. The highly participatory music curriculum is composed of three distinctive, year-long program guides: The Orchestra Moves (exploring movement within music), The Orchestra Sings (exploring melody), and The Orchestra Rocks (exploring rhythm). These materials are designed for use in classrooms throughout the school year, helping students prepare to take part in a culminating concert by their local orchestra at which they sing, play the recorder, or play the violin with the orchestra from their seats.

Link Up The program helps address an urgent need in the field for high quality, accessible music education resources by providing a free year-long curriculum that teachers can implement, along with classroom materials, online video and audio resources, and the professional development and support necessary to make the program an engaging and instructive experience for students.

“It’s been exciting to take Link Up, our long-running music education program originally created for third through fifth graders from throughout New York City, and provide it to partners around the world in ways that they can adapt for use in their own communities,” said Sarah Johnson, Director of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. “With this hands-on program that encourages creative participation, we are working together to build a broad community dedicated to bringing great music to young people.”

The following national and international Link Up partners have been added for the 2014-2015 season:

  • Adrian Symphony Orchestra, MI
  • Akron Symphony, OH
  • Colorado Springs Philharmonic, CO
  • Columbus Symphony, OH
  • Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute, NY
  • Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, PA
  • Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, HI
  • Huxford Symphony Orchestra at the University of Alabama, AL
  • Modesto Symphony Orchestra, CA
  • Orchestra London Canada, ON
  • Stamford Symphony, CT
  • Symphony Nova Scotia, NS
  • Symphoria, NY
  • Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, WA

For a full list of National Link Up partners during the 2014–2015 season, please click here.

During the 2014–2015 season, approximately 14,000 New York City students and teachers participate in The Orchestra Moves, which explores musical movement through a range of orchestral repertoire, including Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and “Toreador” from Bizet’s Carmen. Participants will attend a culminating concert on May 19–21 in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Link Up is one of several programs for students and teachers offered by the Weill Music Institute. Others include Musical Explorers for students in grades K-2, and Count Me In, an afterschool initiative for middle-school singers.

About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
The Weill Music Institute creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. WMI’s programs are designed to facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute also generates new knowledge in the area of music education through original research and shares a wide range of free online resources with teachers and music lovers around the globe. Nearly 450,000 people each year engage in the Weill Music Institute’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes over 300,000 students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students grades 3 through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with over 70 orchestras in the US, Canada, Spain, and Japan. For more information on WMI, visit

Major support for Link Up has been provided by the Siegel Family Endowment, with additional funding from The Ambrose Monell Foundation and The Barker Welfare 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 by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

Images by Richard Termine (top) and Stefan Cohen (center)



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