Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra participates in Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program

Special to The Log

In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra is participating in WMI’s Link Up program during the 2012–2013 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 year’s curriculum is titled “The Orchestra Moves.”

Okaloosa County music teachers work with their school’s fourth graders to utilize curriculum materials provided free-of-charge by WMI. The music teachers will 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 Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. This performance often serves as students’ 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 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.

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