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Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Participates in Carnegie Hall's Link Up Program

March 09, 2015 | Press Releases

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra will perform its annual Youth/Link Up Concert for Spartanburg County students in Twichell Auditorium on March 25, 2015.

In collaboration with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI), The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra is participating in WMI's Link Up program during the 2014-2015 season. 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 culmination of the yearlong program is a live performance in which students have the opportunity to sing and play the recorder or violin along with the SPO. This performance often serves as students' first concert experience and provides them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied. 

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.

Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute provides for free to each site: 

• Link Up curriculum guide with accompanying CD and DVD for teachers (featuring lessons on singing, playing the soprano recorder or violin, reading and notating music, and composing and improvising music) 
• Link Up workbook for each student 
• Professional development webinar for teachers and orchestra administrators 
• Complete concert script, repertoire list, and accompanying visuals 

• Access to Carnegie Hall's online resources, including additional lessons and classroom resources 
• Access to the Carnegie Hall Link Up Facebook group, which connects teachers, Carnegie Hall staff, and featured contributors to share ideas, student work, videos, and photos 
• Ongoing support and consultation regarding professional development, program implementation, and media/publicity planning 

The Spartanburg Philharmonic is one of more than 70 national and international organizations chosen for this program. Visit 
for a complete list of participants and further details. 

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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