A Program of Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute
and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra Presents

LINK UP: A powerful orchestral engagement program

The orchestra warms up; excited voices fill a concert hall.  An orchestra melody floats, young voices and recorders join, expressing the theme of Link Up:  Come to Play – let’s make music together!

“The Carnegie Link Up program is, I think, the most important thing we do all year.  It is a program that combines the schools and the orchestra so that the kids come to a concert and they perform with us.  It is such a thrilling thing to be a part of.” FSO Music Director Charles Latshaw’s words capture the impact of the Link Up program. Music teachers echo, “Our students have been learning this music in the classroom, and now, after the concert, they come away with a sense of awe at the grandiose sound and epic experience of singing and playing with a symphony orchestra.”

Studies have long shown that music improves cognitive skills, spatial intelligence and creativity. Studies also reveal that music students perform better in school. Prior to the FSO’s Link Up program beginning in 2013, only 10% of local students had heard a live orchestra performance. Through the success of the Link Up program these past seven years, that percentage is now over 95%. Link Up immerses students in the experience of musical learning and creation, beginning in the classroom and culminating at the Link Up concert, where students sing, play and move with the FSO.

Link Up is a collaboration between the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute and 22 regional elementary schools. The FSO provides musical leadership, administrative services, teacher training and site support for the year-long program, culminating in interactive, full-orchestra concerts for more than 3700 3rd through 5th grade students throughout the region, who will perform with the Symphony on March 2, 2021. Carnegie Hall provides the Link Up curriculum and concert performance materials for the performances Area Music Educators provide the integral link to music learning in their classrooms throughout the year, using Link Up resources to guide instruction and prepare students for the interactive concert experience in March, with the Flagstaff Unified Schools donating logistic support.

This year’s program, The Orchestra Moves, explores how musical melody, rhythm, and harmony create movement and features orchestral favorites by Beethoven, Marquez, and Bizet. To continue Link Up in a year of uncertainty, The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is working actively with our school and musical partners to plan a concert experience tailored to accommodate the current health needs of the audience and the performers.