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Upcoming Performances

2017–18 Season

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Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Link Up

Link Up with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is FREE for students and teachers in grades 3-5. In this yearlong exploration of orchestral repertoire, students sing and play recorder or string instruments while learning basic musical concepts and composing their own music with the help of extensive standards-based teacher and student materials produced by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Linking your classroom to the concert hall, this engaging program culminates in a spring concert at the Pikes Peak Center where students sing or play along from their seats.

Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Complete your free registration by emailing your name, mailing address, phone number and number of participating students and teachers to Bernie Brink, Outreach & Education Coordinator. *We welcome home school families and encourage them to participate as part of a larger home school community or enrichment group. Especially for the instrumental and dance portions of the curriculum, learning is more fun with more people, and any group over 12 becomes eligible for a free visit from a Philharmonic docent before the concert.
  2. Over the course of the summer, obtain musical instruments for the program. Link Up includes tracks for voice, soprano recorder or violin — please feel free to use whatever suits your students best. Recorders are available from the Philharmonic for $5 each.
  3. At the end of the summer, receive your student workbooks and teacher’s guide, including instructional CD and DVD. All materials may be previewed at any time by visiting Included are lessons on singing, playing the recorder or violin, reading and notating music, and composing and improvising music. Additional lessons and resources are available on the Carnegie Hall website.
  4. In early fall, educators will have the option to attend a Link Up professional development seminar. This workshop will focus on tailoring the curriculum to your students’ goals, and you’ll have the chance to hear from seasoned participants in the Philharmonic’s Link Up program.
  5. From the start of the school year through February, you’ll work with your students to learn the Link Up repertoire while deepening their understanding of basic musical concepts and history. Just before the concert, students will have the chance to review everything with a Philharmonic docent.
  6. In spring, you and your students will be invited to attend the culminating Link Up concert at the Pikes Peak Center with up to 1,700 other students and teachers from throughout the region. The concert is fun and interactive, and your students will be invited to sing, play and dance along with our professional orchestra. Past attendees will attest: The proficiency of these first-time student musicians is truly astounding!

Link Up is designed to grow with your student. You can participate again the following year with a whole new repertoire with new concepts and challenges!