Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, pairs orchestras across the country with students in elementary schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. Students participating in Link Up attend a culminating concert where they sing and play recorder or violin with the orchestra from their seats. Students also compose and perform their own pieces inspired by the orchestra music they studied.

By any definition, music moves. Melody, rhythm, and harmony all change, shift, and develop. When an orchestra plays for us, we may notice more than one kind of movement. On the outside, we can hear sounds move as the musicians change their pitches, rhythms, and dynamics. We can see the musicians’ bodies move as they play. On the inside, we may feel our emotions moving and changing in response to the music we hear. Sometimes music might even create a sense of physical movement as sounds become heavier or lighter, rise up or tumble down. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra moves.

Your school receives at no cost:
- Professional Development Workshop.
- Link Up: The Orchestra Moves Teacher Guide, companion DVD, companion CD, and student workbooks.
- Access to a downloadable PDF of Link Up Beginnings Teacher Guide, Student Guide, and online accompanying audio provided.
- Ongoing individual support.
- The opportunity to feature one student on-stage alongside the Eugene Symphony at the culminating youth concert on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. 

Link Up school partners are required to:
- Register by Sunday, October 2, 2016.

- Attend one Professional Development Workshop in Eugene.

  • Friday, October 7, 2016 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 14, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

- Provide recorders for students to participate in the curriculum.
- Teach the Link Up curriculum in the classroom and prepare students for success in the concert.
- Attend and provide transportation to and from one of The Orchestra Moves Youth Concerts at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
- Be responsive via e-mail and phone and keep Eugene Symphony staff apprised of program implementation.

- Ensure that the $5 per student program fee (scholarships available) is paid in full by the published deadline. One chaperone per fifteen students will be admitted into the youth concert for free. Additional chaperones may attend for $5 per person.

In-school Chamber Ensemble Performance
Schools within Eugene 4J, Bethel, Springfield, Creswell, South Lane, and Junction City school districts have the option to host the Symphony Link Up woodwind quintet for a 40-minute in-school interactive performance which complements the Link Up curriculum.

Cost for in-school performance
Title I schools: $75; Non-Title I schools: $125. 
Payment due by in-school performance date.

For more information on participating in Link Up, contact Education & Community Engagement Director
Katy Vizdal at or 541-687-9487 ext. 116.

Need assistance funding Link Up? Check out our grants page.


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