Link Up Program

At Carnegie Hall, we believe that music can make a meaningful difference in everyone's life and play an essential role in our development as human beings. Striving to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute produces an extraordinary range of music eduation and community programs such as Link Up. Link Up pairs orchestras across the country with students in grades 3-5 at schools in their local communities to explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on music curriculum. Students participating in Link Up attend a culminating concert where they sing and play recorder or violin with the orchestra from their seats. Students also compose and perform their own pieces inspired by the orchestral music they studied.

Two years ago, the Tupelo Symphony became a Carnegie Hall Link Up Education Program partner; Music Director Steven Byess conducts Link Up concerts across the US and is the only conductor who has presented all three Link Up programs. This season, for the first time, the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra takes Link Up on the road to communities outside Tupelo. Mr. Byess calls Link Up concerts the best, most exciting, and thoughtfully created performance-based and purposeful learning program he has ever seen. Students learn about music through an introduction to, and study of, the orchestra, which offers a perfect example of the concepts and practices of working together with others. Students learn to sing songs in English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese, play the recorder, and understand rhythm and movement, and, perhaps most importantly, they learn self-analysis and self-assessment.