UPDATE: Due to the winter storm in northern Arizona, all Link Up concerts have been rescheduled to Thursday, March 5 at Ardrey Auditorium. Thank you to Flagstaff United School District, Northern Arizona University, private and charter schools, our partner teachers, volunteers, and the musicians and staff of the Flagstaff Symphony for making this change happen!
ORIGINAL STORY: More than 3,600 local children will make music with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra on March 3.
The third through fifth graders are students participating in Link Up, a collaborative music education program of the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute, presented in partnership with the Flagstaff Unified School District and the Coconino County School System.
Link Up is connecting FSO with students at 15 Flagstaff and Coconino County schools by using an engaging hands-on curriculum.
Kids have fun while learning core musical concepts through listening, singing, playing the recorder and composing. Link Up started with the school year and is culminating with three interactive The Orchestra Moves concerts to accommodate its numerous participants. This year’s concerts show students different ways movement is incorporated in music.
“Teachers and schools are adapting Link Up to their unique needs, and some are integrating art and poetry with the program,” said Mary Nebel, chair of the FSO Education Committee. “Students love being a part of Link Up and the performance with the orchestra. Some students get so excited – they count the days until the concert.”
An enthusiastic master of ceremonies, symphony musicians, and large screens engage the student audiences with orchestra–oriented games, songs, and musician/instrument introductions. They also will join in with performances by the orchestra, singers, Can-Can dancers from Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, drumming with Sambatuque, a Flagstaff Brazilian Samba band, and more.
“Link Up brought the Flagstaff Symphony back into the lives of our students,” said Diane Immethun, who teaches third grade at Sturgeon Cromer Elementary School.
The Orchestra Moves concerts will take place on March 3 at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the Northern Arizona University campus. For information, go to flagstaffsymphony.org, or call 928.774.5107.
About Link Up and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Link Up is a highly participatory program that pairs orchestras across the country with schools in their local communities, inviting students to learn about orchestral repertoire through a yearlong, hands-on music curriculum. Each year focuses on specific concepts, including rhythm, melody, tempo, orchestration and composition. Utilizing materials provided free of charge by WMI, teachers guide students in exploring music through a composer’s lens, with students participating in active music making in the classroom; performing repertoire on recorder, violin, voice, or body percussion; and taking part in creative work such as composing their own pieces inspired by the orchestral music they have studied.
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, the Weill Music Institute inspires audiences of all ages, nurtures tomorrow’s musical talent, and harnesses the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs 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 generates new knowledge through original research and shares a wide range of free online resources with educators and music lovers around the globe.