Teacher & Student

Link Up

Wednesday, March 6 & Thursday, March 7

Link Up, The Orchestra Swings, returns to Omaha from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute with an immersive recorder curriculum featuring: Ellington's "Duke's Place," Gershwin’s "I Got Rhythm," "When the Saints Go Marching In," and more!

“Swing” is many things. It’s a distinctive rhythmic feel; a musical era dominated by big band jazz; a style of dance that grew alongside the music; and that elusive but unmistakable feeling that results when musicians are deeply tuned into each other and playing in sync, or “in the pocket.” Though swing is characteristically associated with jazz, an orchestra can also swing. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will explore the elements that contribute to that magical moment when the orchestra starts to swing.

2018/19 Recorder Selections

  • "Come to Play"
  • Ellington's "Duke's Place"
  • Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm"
  • "When the Saints Go Marching In"
  • "Simple Melody"
  • Student Composition

Link Up Educator Kick-Off

September 21, 2018 • 5:30 – 7:15 pm
Holland Center

This mandatory session provides an overview of this year’s program, important performance details, and networking opportunities with fellow educators. Following the session, attendees are invited to attend the Omaha Symphony’s performance of Beethoven's 5th.

Educator Resources


“The best experience of my life!”
–Omaha, NE Student

“Link Up gives my students a chance to not only see the orchestra, but also play with them. It's a truly unique and interactive experience!”
–Council Bluffs, IA Music Educator

“This program and its resources have had a DIRECT impact on our instrumental music programs. Students' reading levels are quite a few pages ahead in the books at the same time of year as other schools who do not participate in this program.”
–Omaha, NE Educator

Designed to address the following standards:

Nebraska Standards for Education, Music: FA 5.4.1-3, FA 8.4.1-3
Iowa Core Fine Arts Alignment, General Music: 1 – 7