Link Up

Young People’s

Link Up

Madison Symphony Orchestra, Link Up 2021

The Orchestra Sings!


Randal Swiggum, host
Featuring: The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Vincent Hardaker, Conductor
Greg Zelek, Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra

Come To Play
Thomas Cabaniss

Simple Gifts
Joseph Brackett

Largo from the “New World” Symphony
Antonín Dvořák

Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5
Charles-Marie Widor

Ode To Joy
Ludwig van Beethoven

Jim Papoulis

Variations on a Shaker Melody
Aaron Copland

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Please RSVP by December 18, 2021
Randal Swiggum, Conductor

Link Up is a music education program created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute that gives students in grades 3-5 the opportunity to explore music through a yearlong curriculum of classroom activities during which they learn to play the soprano recorder. A culminating concert brings the students into Overture’s Capitol Theater to perform with the MSO! Link Up 2022 is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Would you like to participate?

If you have any questions, please contact MSO Education Assistant Lisa Kjentvet at

The Curriculum

This year, the MSO is presenting The Orchestra Sings, which is all about melody. Classroom activities will guide students through the exploration of popular orchestra repertoire, and students will learn to play popular classical melodies such as Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” on recorder. The lessons will also develop students’ skills in listening, note-reading, rhythm, improvisation, composition, and ensemble and rehearsal skills.

General information for Link Up

Curriculum information for Orchestra Sings

I enjoyed performing with you and it sounded very nice. I hope I see you again. I had a lot of fun!

4th Grade Student

A principal from [another school] was there and said it was the best educational field trip he had ever been to!!

Webster and Lebanon Teacher

View our short film highlighting the impact of Link Up.

Produced in partnership with Mirror 34 Productions.

Link Up photos…

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Thank you to our generous funding partners

Major funding provided by

An Anonymous Friend

Additional funding provided by


Carl M. Hudig

Wisconsin Arts Board support comes with additional funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.