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Music Empowering Young People
The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) was founded with the vision that symphony orchestras have the obligation and the ability to empower communities and promote positive change through music. Our commitment to empower young people is evident as we take a look at our cornerstone educational programs; Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Link Up: APO.
Link Up: APO
Our schools have expressed a need to Link Up all students to the symphony orchestra! Most students are missing out on the connection to symphonic music and the proven benefits that connection brings. The APO is filling this gap by partnering with Carnegie Hall to present a national program of the Weill Music Institute called Link Up. Carnegie Hall’s Link Up is a cornerstone program for eighty partner orchestras across the country and around the world.
Through Link Up: APO, 3rd - 5th grade students are invited to not only attend a performance presented by the APO, but also to perform with the orchestra! The scripted concert includes music of diverse cultures, masterpieces, an interactive power point presentation, a choir on stage, and just plain fun. Music teachers carefully prepare their students by implementing the researched and developed curriculum provided free of charge by Carnegie Hall. When concert day arrives, students are excited to demonstrate what they have learned as they sing, dance and play their recorders from their seats in the auditorium.
Fayetteville music teachers have demonstrated exceptional leadership during a four year partnership. “By working together throughout the year to prepare for the concert, students should not only experience lessons that align with the national and local standards, but also experience the joy of success as they collectively realize and share their accomplishments.” – FPS music teacher, Carlena Lambert.
This collaborative project has proven to reach students in many ways. One participant writes, “The concert made me feel relaxed. It’s just the rhythm of the instruments. They were really peaceful. It makes me get all my worries off of my chest. It was the prettiest thing I have ever heard.”
The APO is eager to reach more students and delighted to bring this prestigious program to Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs and the Arkansas Arts Academy. For more information on how to bring APO/Link Up to your school, please call 479-841-4644.