Link Up

Photo credit: Jennifer Taylor

This Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute program pairs Symphony Nova Scotia with elementary students at local schools to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum, culminating in a concert where they sing, play recorder, and/or play the violin with the orchestra from their seats.

“Link Up” is a highly participatory, internationally acclaimed program that pairs orchestras across the country with schools in their local communities. Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in 1985, the program invites students to learn about orchestras and symphonic music through a year-long, hands-on music curriculum. Each year focuses on specific concepts, including rhythm, melody, tempo, orchestration, and composition.

The culmination of the annual program is a live joint performance, giving students the opportunity to sing and play recorder or violin along with their partner orchestra. This performance often serves as students’ first concert experience, and provides them with a unique opportunity to apply the musical concepts they’ve studied.

Due to space limitations, the concerts are not open to the public. Members of the media, school boards, and all levels of government are encouraged to attend.

Symphony Nova Scotia is one of more than 70 national and international organizations chosen for this program. Link Up’s national partnerships grew out of the program’s ongoing work with New York City schools, through which Carnegie Hall has engaged hundreds of thousands of students in musical learning since its inception in 1985.

Visit carnegiehall.org/LinkUp for a complete list of participants and further details.

The Link Up program in action:

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, 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. More than 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.


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Please contact: D’Arcy Gray
Community Engagement Manager, Symphony Nova Scotia
902.403.7197
darcygray@symphonyns.ca