WHAT IS LINK UP?
In Link Up, students in grades 3–5 are invited to sing and play along with the Seattle Symphony in an energetic and fun concert at Benaroya Hall. During the 2020-2021 season, Link Up will be hosted virtually for all participating schools.
Every classroom registered for the Link Up concert program receives the tools and resources to prepare students for the final concert. The hands-on Link Up curriculum includes music for voice, recorder and strings – as well as the opportunity to compose for the orchestra.
All Link Up Concert Program participants receive:
- Link Up student PDF bundle (online) for each student
- Link Up teacher guide (printed or online) for each teacher
- Professional development webinar & online resources for teachers
- Access to the culminating Link Up concert recorded live at Benaroya Hall
THE ORCHESTRA SWINGS
During the 20-21 season, Link Up will feature The Orchestra Swings. Students will explore the intersection of jazz and orchestral music through works by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and many more. The Seattle Symphony’s program will include a supplemental curriculum with a special emphasis on the Pacific Northwest’s rich jazz history.
The 20-21 concert will be recorded without audience and provided to participating schools with the option of a Seattle Symphony musician in-person or virtual visit. The recorded concert will be available virtually in March of 2021 through June of 2021.
CLASSROOM COMPOSITION COMPETITION
Your classroom could be featured in the Link Up performance! Each year, we challenge classes registered for Link Up to compose a new piece. Works from each classroom will be combined and arranged for the orchestra and will receive its world premiere at the Link Up concert in March 2021.
Instructions for the 2020-2021 school year will be available by October 1, 2020. The deadline to turn in your classroom composition is December 18, 2020 by 5:00pm.
Registration provides access to year-round curriculum materials, as well as the on-demand concert available March 2021-June 2021. After your registration is processed, you will have access to the curriculum through the Carnegie Hall website. If you register before Friday, February 5, you will have the opportunity to request a virtual classroom visit by an SSO musician. Final registration closes June 4.
- Friday, February 5, 2021: Round 1 – Register before this date to secure curriculum, concert video access, and a scheduled classroom visit by an SSO musician.
- Friday, June 4, 2021: Round 2 – Final registration for access to curriculum and concert video.
Virtual Teacher Workshops
This virtual teacher workshop will provide you with resources to bring Link Up The Orchestra Swings to your classroom. The workshops will include repertoire review (including Seattle specific curriculum additions and changes), creative lesson extensions and an overview of the Classroom Composition Project.
- Saturday, November 14, 2020: 4pm – 7:00pm hosted from Octave 9: Raisbeck Music Center at Benaroya Hall
Workshop video will be available on demand after Monday, November 16, 2020.
Link Up: The Orchestra Swings is generously supported by the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation. Special thanks to the Tateuchi Foundation for underwriting program access for Sacred Heart Catholic School and Beverly Park School.
Additional support for the Link Up music education program is provided by the Hot Chocolate Fund.
The Seattle Symphony’s Family, School & Community programs are supported by 4Culture, Arakawa Foundation, the League of American Orchestras, Merriman Family, the National Endowment for the Arts, Peach Foundation, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Ten Grands Seattle and individual contributions to the Seattle Symphony Annual Fund.