Link Up

Annual Education Concerts

Since 1946, the Rhode Island Philharmonic has presented annual schooltime education concerts to area students at the VETS in Providence. Over the past few years as many as 7,000 students annually have enjoyed a variety of concert themes including Assembling the Orchestra (2011), Sounds of Nature (2010), Dance Around the World (2009) and Tunes & Tales (2008).

Since 2012, the Philharmonic has partnered with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to produce interactive concerts based on Carnegie Hall’s highly successful Link Up series. These concerts have included The Orchestra Sings, teaching students about melody; The Orchestra Moves, teaching students about movement in music; and The Orchestra Rocks, a concert about rhythm.

Our 2019 program, The Orchestra MOVES, happens May 21-24, 2019. Learn More Here!

Link Up is a music education program conceived to connect classroom with concert hall. It is designed for students in grades 3-5, but may also be appropriate for older or younger audiences, depending on musical interest. No prior music experience required. Each participating student receives a quality soprano recorder and workbook, as part of a 12-unit curriculum that teaches basic music literacy through performance and creative work. The curriculum culminates in a lively interactive concert at The VETS. Watch below the feature on 2012's The Orchestra Sings done by WPRI 12’s The Rhode Show.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic focuses on artistic quality, educational quality, access – The Rhode Island Foundation.
Check out their webpage about the FLEX program HERE

Videos from Our 2013 Concerts

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In-School Ensemble Performances

More than 20 ensembles, comprised of Philharmonic Orchestra members and Music School faculty, travel to area schools to present workshops and interactive performances introducing students to a variety of musical styles: Classical, Jazz, World and Folk. Individual ensembles focus on a particular genre, with workshops on specific topics such as composing, improvising and telling a story through music. Additionally, musicians can work with classroom teachers to design residencies and workshops customized to complement specific classroom curricula. More about the various ensembles in our In School Ensembles Page.