Link Up / Grades 3–5

March 1, 7 & 9, 2017

What is Link Up?

In Link Up, students in grades 3–5 are invited to join the Symphony in an interactive and engaging program. Students learn to sing and play orchestral repertoire through the hands-on Link Up curriculum, then perform along with the Seattle Symphony from their seats in a highly participatory concert at Benaroya Hall.

The Orchestra Sings

During the 2016–2017 season, Link Up will feature The Orchestra Sings, exploring melody as one of the universal elements of music. Students discover how melodies are made and how composers and orchestras use melodies to sing. Exploring a range of orchestral repertoire, students will sing, play the recorder and/or violin, compose and perform in a culminating concert at Benaroya Hall in March 2017.

Repertoire highlights include: Dvořák’s “New World Symphony, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and Stravinsky’s “Finale” from Firebird Suite.

Ways to Participate

Link Up Concert Program

Every classroom registered for the Link Up concert program receives the tools and resources to prepare students for the final concert.

All Link Up Concert Program participants receive:

  • Link Up student guide for each student
  • Link Up teacher guide for each teacher with accompanying CD & DVD
  • Professional development workshops & online resources for teachers
  • Admission to the culminating Link Up concert at Benaroya Hall

Please note that recorders are not included in the Link Up Concert Program. Baroque Soprano Halo Recorders may be purchased through Educator discounts may apply, see Peripole website for details.

Link Up Concert + Residency Program

Seattle Symphony Teaching Artists work collaboratively with teachers to prepare students for the final concert. In these residencies schools can tailor their program to focus on music fundamentals, recorder skills, composition or arts integration. All schools are welcome to request a residency, availability limited.

All Link Up + Residency participants receive:

  • A 5-, 10- or 20-week in-class residency with a Seattle Symphony teaching artist
  • A soprano recorder for each teacher & student
  • Link Up student guide for each student
  • Link Up teacher guide for each teacher with accompanying CD & DVD
  • Professional development workshops & online resources for teachers
  • Admission to the culminating Link Up concert at Benaroya Hall

“It’s taught them citizenship skills of how to positively interact and work together. It’s huge for them to be so open and vulnerable with each other. You see progress not only musically, but the maturity it helps foster.” – Amanda Lattin, Classroom Teacher, Highline Public Schools


Important Dates

Link Up Program Teacher Workshop Dates

Learn more about how to prepare your class to participate in Link Up. These hands-on, engaging teacher workshops will provide you with useful information, such as creative lesson extensions and in-depth teacher resources. Workshops are three hours long and presented at Soundbridge in Benaroya Hall. Parking is provided with RSVP. Workshop attendance is mandatory for teachers that are registered for a Link Up residency. These workshops are eligible for clock hours.

  • Saturday, October 1, 10am–1pm
  • Wednesday, October 19, 4:30–7:30pm
  • Thursday, November 3, 4:30–7:30pm
  • Saturday, January 14, 10am–1pm

Additional teacher workshops available in your region by request. Email for more information or to host a workshop at your school.

Link Up Concert Dates

Teachers, select to bring your students to Benaroya Hall for the culminating Link Up Concert from one of these six concert dates and times:

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017: 10:30am & 12:15pm
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017: 10:30am & 12:15pm
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017: 10:30am & 12:15pm


Fees & Requirements
$75 per classroom $100 per classroom $150 per classroom $200 per classroom

Schools with more than 60% free or reduced lunch may participate in Link Up for a 60% discount.

One chaperone is required for every 10 students; chaperones are not charged. Beyond the 10 to 1 student-chaperone ratio, the cost is $10 per additional adult. Teachers and other school employees are free.

Payment Options

Full payment is due by the March 10. The Seattle Symphony accepts Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, checks made out to Seattle Symphony, or purchase orders. To make your payment, you may call the number below with credit card information, or send a purchase order or check to the mailing address or email below. Please note that we cannot accept payments at the event.

Attn: Education & Community Engagement Department
Seattle Symphony
P.O. Box 21906
Seattle, WA 98111



Are you ready to register for Link Up? Please read the instructions below and click on the “register now” button to request to participate in Link Up.

Requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Your requested concert date is not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation.

  • Be sure to read the Link Up program information thoroughly.
  • Choose between Link Up or Link Up with a residency. If choosing to participate in the Link Up residency, please keep in mind that a Teaching Artist will visit your Link Up classes 5, 10, or 20 times throughout the school year to deepen student’s Link Up experience. Schools with three or more classes participating will be considered for a residency.
  • Please register for a Link Up Teacher Workshop. The workshop is mandatory for Link Up residency registrations and extremely beneficial for all Link Up teachers.
  • Have an estimate on how many students will participate in Link Up. We recommend overestimating your attendance numbers when registering early.
  • Chaperones: One chaperone per 10 students may attend at no charge. Any additional chaperones are $10 each.
  • Parents: Parents may only attend the Link Up concerts as a school/class chaperone. Tickets will not be issued to individual parents.


Teacher Resources


Follow the link above to view a full list of repertoire for this season's concerts. Please note that "To Make Words Sing" and "Bought Me a Cat" have been removed from the concert program.


At the final concerts in March, vocal and recorder parts will be projected onto a large screen for students to follow along. To practice reading the music in this way, use the PDFs below in "Full Screen" mode.



We would love to feature your students' work on a large screen while the orchestra plays The Firebird at the final concerts. Students' artistic and written responses to the music can be sent to See attached for an example worksheet.


The Seattle Symphony is delighted to announce the 2016-2017 Link Up Composition Contest! All classrooms that are participating in Link Up with the Seattle Symphony are invited to submit a class composition. Follow the link above for more information.


All classrooms that are participating in Link Up with the Seattle Symphony are invited to audition for an Onstage Experience with the Seattle Symphony. The winning school will perform the Link Up repertoire from the stage (instead of from their seats) at the final concert. Follow the link above for more details.


The presentation from the most recent Teacher Workshop can be found here. Check back for videos from Teacher Workshops, including pronunciation and choreography for "Oye."

Plan Your Visit

Getting to Benaroya Hall

  • Bussing instructions will be posted and sent to your school before the event.
  • For those traveling by car, parking is available below Benaroya Hall. Please note that we are unable to provide validation or discounted parking for school workshops. More information.
  • The Light Rail and many metro buses also provide service to and from Benaroya Hall. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice), 206.684.1739 (TDD) or visit Metro online. For Community Transit, call 425.353.RIDE or 1.800.562.1375. For Sound Transit, call1.888.889.6368 or 1.888.713.6030 (TTY).

What To Do When You Arrive

Ushers and other staff will direct you to the correct entrance to Benaroya Hall and the Grand Lobby. Once inside, proceed to the School Check-In Desk outside the Grand Lobby doors, where you will remit your school ticket and report your total number of students, teachers and parent chaperones, and whether all buses have arrived. After checking in, an usher or volunteer will escort your group to your assigned seats.

What To Wear

We do not have a dress code — please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Where To Eat Lunch

Due to the high number of students who will attend each Open Rehearsal, we are unable to allow school groups to eat lunches or snacks onsite at Benaroya Hall. However, if you need to eat before re-boarding your bus, we can recommend a few outdoor areas near Benaroya Hall:

Contact Us

If you have questions or need more information about Link Up, please contact:

Kristin Schneider, Education & Community Engagement Manager


Katie Hovde, Education & Community Engagement Coordinator

206.336.6613 /