Link Up

Introduce your students to the orchestra by helping them get ready to become a part of it! 

Each season more than 5,000 students across the bi-state participate in Link Up. Link Up is a hands-on music curriculum for students in grades 3–5 that explores orchestral repertoire in the classroom while preparing students to sing and play recorders or string instruments from their seats in a culminating St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Link Up concert at Powell Hall. If you teach recorder, singing, or beginning violin, this program is a must!

Find out more by watching this short video from our partners at Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute

Becoming a Link Up Teacher  

  1. Complete the online ticket order form to reserve your Link Up concert tickets (all tickets are $5*) and reserve your seat at one of our Link Up Teacher Professional Development Workshops. Deadline to register is Friday, October 4, 2019.

  2. Payment for tickets is due to the SLSO Box Office by Wednesday, October 30, 2019. If your school qualifies, financial assistance may be available to help subsidize the cost of tickets and transportation.*

  3. Attend a Link Up Teacher Professional Development Workshop at Powell Hall.

  4. Use the materials provided by Carnegie Hall to prepare your students for the Link Up concert - most teachers usually start preparing after winter break.

  5. Participate in the ultimate summative assessment of student learning, the Link Up concert, where your students perform along with the SLSO at Powell Hall.

*Limited subsidized tickets and transportation may be available. When you complete your ticket order form, please also complete the financial assistance request portion to apply. Schools must have a free and reduced lunch rate of 50% or greater to qualify.
**Students will need to provide their own soprano recorders or violins.


Link Up Materials 

Link Up materials, including student workbooks and teacher guides, are available online on Carnegie Hall's website. Check them out! 

Link Up Teacher Professional Development Workshops

Attendance at a Link Up Teacher Professional Development Workshop is required for all teachers new to The Orchestra Moves and strongly suggested for all other teachers. Sign up for a workshop on the same online ticket order form for the Link Up: The Orchestra Moves concert. Workshops are held at Powell Hall on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, October 10 from 4:30-6:30pm (recommended for teachers new to The Orchestra Moves
  • Wednesday, October 30 from 4:30-6:30pm (recommended for teachers who have taught The Orchestra Moves before) 

Workshops are taught by Emilee Kellermann, SLSO Lead Link Up Teacher and Music Teacher at Kellison Elementary School and Jessica Ingraham, SLSO Director of Education. Dinner is served after each workshop. 

Link Up: The Orchestra Moves Concert - SOLD OUT

Link Up: The Orchestra MovesRecommended for grades 3-5

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 9:30am and 11:00am

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:00am

When an orchestra plays we hear sounds move as the musicians change their pitches, rhythms, and dynamics, causing the melody, rhythm, and harmony to change, shift, and develop. We see the musicians’ bodies move as they play. We feel our emotions moving and changing in response to the music we hear. Sometimes music might even create a sense of physical movement as sounds become heavier or lighter, rise up or tumble down. Through the Link Up curriculum and a culminating interactive performance with the SLSO, your students will discover how the orchestra moves.

J. STRAUSS II The Blue Danube
MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
BIZET Toreador from Carmen
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5, mvt. I
FILHO Cidade Maravilhosa

This is a national program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. 

Become a Link Up Teacher

Link Up registration for the 2019/2020 school year is now closed - the deadline to register was Friday, October 4, 2019.

Planning Your Visit

Check out our Planning Your Visit page to make your field trip to Powell Hall hassle-free.


Link Up Teacher Survey

We value your feedback to improve our Link Up program. Please complete our Link Up Teacher Survey after your visit to Powell Hall for the Link Up Concert.