Link Up: The Orchestra Swings

[Recommended for Grades 3-5]

REGISTER NOW - Register by Friday, October 6, 2023

Carnegie Hall's Link Up program pairs orchestras with students in grades 3-5 at schools in their local communities, giving students the opportunity to learn about, listen to, and perform great music. Students participating in Link Up explore an interactive curriculum in which they learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom before performing with the orchestra from their seats at a culminating concerts.

Link Up provides a free, high-quality, yearlong curriculum that teachers can implement, along with teaching materials, online video and audio resources, and the professional development and support necessary to make the program an engaging experience for students.

The Orchestra Swings

“Swing” is many things. It’s a distinctive rhythmic feel; a musical era dominated by big band jazz; a style of dance that grew alongside the music; and that elusive but unmistakable feeling that results when musicians are deeply tuned into each other and playing in sync, or “in the pocket.” Though swing is characteristic of jazz, an orchestra can also swing. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with an orchestra and jazz ensemble, we will explore the elements that contribute to that magical moment when the orchestra starts to swing.

Learn more about Link Up and The Orchestra Swings, HERE.

Repertoire Highlights:
• Thomas Cabaniss: “Come to Play”
• George Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm”
• Duke Ellington: “Duke’s Place”
• Duke Ellington: “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”
• Traditional: “When the Saints Go Marching In”
• Florence Price: “Juba” from Symphony No. 1
• Leonard Bernstein: “Riffs” from Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
• Courtney Bryan: “Do Your Thing”

Program Details & Requirements


• Link Up curriculum resources for each teacher (featuring repertoire for singing, playing the soprano recorder or violin, and program-related lesson plans and activities) with accompanying audio and video resources

• Link Up resources for students

• Professional development resources and webinar for lead teachers and administrators

• Access to Carnegie Hall’s online resources, including additional lessons and interactive classroom resources

• Access to Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Facebook group, which connects teachers, Carnegie Hall staff, and featured contributors to share ideas, student work, videos, and photos


Register by Friday, October 6, 2023

• Attend a Professional Development Workshop:

--- Friday, October 13 from 2:00-3:30 pm (Zoom Training)
--- Friday, October 20 from 3:00-4:30 pm (Zoom Training)
  Additional detail will be e-mailed to you when you register for the program.

• Provide recorders for students to participate in the curriculum
. We suggest purchasing recorders through A promotional code will be provided to participants at the beginning of the year.

• Implement the Link Up curriculum in the classroom
and prepare students for success in the concert.

• Be responsive via e-mail and phone
and keep Eugene Symphony staff apprised of program implementation.

• Attend the culminating Link Up Youth Concert
on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are held at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm and last approximately 45-55 minutes. Youth Concert tickets are $5/student and chaperone, with scholarships provided to schools upon request. One chaperone per 15 students is admitted for free. Participating schools must provide full payment to the Eugene Symphony by March 1, 2024.