In collaboration with Carnegie Hallís Weill Music Institute, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra is participating in WMIís Link Up program during the 2012Ė2013 season. Link Up pairs orchestras across the country, with schools in their local communities, inviting them to learn about orchestral repertoire through a yearlong hands-on music curriculum. This yearís curriculum is titled ďThe Orchestra Moves.Ē



Okaloosa County music teachers work with their schoolís fourth graders to utilize curriculum materials provided free-of-charge by WMI. The music teachers will guide students in exploring music through a composerís 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 Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. This performance often serves as studentsí first concert experience and provides them with the opportunity to apply the musical concepts they have studied.



The Concert will be held on May 10, 2013, in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center of NWFSC in Niceville.



Link Upís national partnerships grew out of the programís 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.



The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra is one of 40 organizations from across the United States chosen for this program.