Schoolchildren Join New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra on Silver Center Stage

Carnegie Hall “Link Up” concert held at Plymouth State University

On Thursday, March 15, 800 3rd-5th graders and their teachers shared the stage at the Silver Center for the Arts with the world-class performers of the New Hampshire Music Festival. The special Carnegie Hall Link Up student concert, an important focus of the Festival’s education initiative, was first piloted at Plymouth State University in 2017 and this year engaged students from 13 area schools.


Link Up, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, pairs orchestras with students in grades 3-5. Through a hands-on music curriculum, the students are encouraged to explore fundamental music skills including performance and composition. The semester-long program culminated with a concert where the students sang and played the recorder or violin with the orchestra from their seats in the concert hall. The Festival and Plymouth State University are actively partnering to bring more hands-on music education and live classical music experiences to students and youth in our communities.


We are so happy to be able to bring this program back to New Hampshire’s elementary schools for a second year,” said Deb Kosits, executive director of the New Hampshire Music Festival. “It’s exciting to see the growth from last year–we’re set to exceed our goal of 2,000 student participants by 2020. The Link Up program is a great opportunity to introduce children to live classical music and nurture their creativity.”

The New Hampshire Music Festival is a summer music festival presenting performances in the greater New Hampshire Lakes Region of symphonic, choral, and chamber music that honor the traditions of classical music while also exploring new artistic paths. Strong collaborations with community partners are a hallmark of this important cultural institution, including educational programs for students of all ages.

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