Link Up Orchestra Sings Logo - Image Text: Tulare County Young People's Concerts, The Orchestra Sings, Link Up - A program of Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute
About the Young People's Concerts

Since 1959, the Tulare County Office of Education and the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra have partnered to share symphonic music with the students of Tulare County through the Young People’s Concerts. Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, elementary students from across the county will have the opportunity to perform alongside the orchestra as part of the Link Up program.

What Is Link Up?

Developed by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, Link Up is an internationally-recognized, interactive student music program. Link Up is fully immersive and very different from a traditional concert experience. Instead of simply listening to the musicians on stage for a single performance, students explore the process of creating and performing the concert music as musicians themselves. Through Link Up, students in grades 3-5 spend the school year learning to play recorder instruments. Their learning culminates in the spring at the Fox Theatre as they sing, dance, and play their instruments along with the orchestra.

    Link Up in action!
    Link Up: A Program for Students in Grades 3-5

    Link Up Program Goals
    • Teach fundamental musical concepts to students
    • Introduce students to the symphony orchestra
    • Inspire the next generation of musicians and orchestra music lovers
    • Foster relationships between the orchestra and local schools
    • Provide professional learning opportunities for teachers
    Link Up Program Components
    • Year-long program for the 2023-24 school year
    • Target grade levels – third through fifth (can extend to other grades as well)
    • Professional learning - Fall 2023 - (dates TBD)
    • Free recorder-based music curriculum and online resources
    • Additional partnership and programming opportunities
    • Culminating concert event - May 20, 2024 - Fox Theatre
    Program Costs
    • Recorders for every participating student - Average cost $5.00 each
    • Tickets for the culminating concert - Free for Tulare County schools!

    Link Up Program Resources
    Link Up includes four different concert programs - The Orchestra Sings, The Orchestra Rocks, The Orchestra Moves, and The Orchestra Swings. Tulare County's featured program for the 2023-24 school year will be The Orchestra Sings. Preview curriculum resources below.

    In partnership with:

    Sequoia Symphony Orchestra logo, Bruce Kiesling, Music Director

    Event Details

    Link Up Introduction Webinar
    Runtime 25 minutes with Q&A

    Link Up Program Registration Deadline
    September 15, 2023
    Target Grade Levels - 3rd-5th

    Culminating Concert Event
    May 20, 2024
    Fox Theatre, Visalia
    Note: Priority concert registration for Link Up participating schools

    Event Contact:
    Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist - Visual, Performing, and Media Arts
    (559) 741-0809

    Additional Event Partners:

    CreateTC Logo - Arts, Culture, Community


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