Link Up / Grades 3–5

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 Rocks

During the 2017 - 2018 season, Link Up will feature The Orchestra Rocks, exploring the power of rhythm and groove as one of the universal elements of music. Students discover how rhythm drives music and how composers and orchestras find the groove. Exploring a range of orchestra repertoire, students will sing, play the recorder and/or other instruments, compose and perform in a culminating concert at Benaroya Hall in March 2018.

Repertoire highlights include: Orff’s “O Fortuna,” “Dance of the Adolescents” from Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, “Mars” from Holst’s The Planets and Verdi’s “Anvil Chorus.”


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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

Please note that we are not accepting any more applications for the Link Up residency program. Applications are still being accepted for the Concert Only program.

Looking to expand the Link Up concert experience beyond concert day? In the Link Up residency program, one of our Teaching Artists will be matched to your school to craft a multi-week residency with your goals and students in mind. Residencies are designed to prepare students for the Link Up concert, support the work of classroom and music teachers and open doors of curiosity for all students. All schools are welcome to apply for a residency, availability is limited.

All Link Up + Residency participants receive:

  • A 5- or 10-week in-class residency with a Seattle Symphony teaching artist
  • A 1-hour planning meeting with your Teaching Artist and all participating teachers to determine residency goals
  • Admission to the culminating Link Up concert at Benaroya Hall
  • A soprano recorder for each participating teacher and student
  • Link Up Student Guide for each participating student
  • Link Up Teacher Guide and accompanying CD & DVD for each participating teacher
  • Professional Development workshops and online resources for classroom and music teachers

“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. There is parking underneath Benaroya Hall for an hourly rate. Workshop attendance is mandatory for teachers that are registered for a Link Up residency. These workshops are eligible for clock hours.

Dates: TBD – check back in September 2017

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:

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018: 10:30am & 12:15pm
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018: 10:30am & 12:15pm
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018: 10:30am & 12:15pm


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

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

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

Payment Options

Full payment is due by Friday, March 16, 2018. 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.
  • 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

Coming soon.

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.

Buses begin arriving at Benaroya Hall
10:30am/12:15pm: Concert begins
11:15am/1:00pm: Concert ends
11:45am/1:30pm: Last school bus departs

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 Link Up concert, 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:

Photo Release Form

Participants that have parent or guardian permission to be photographed must fill out and return a photo release form.

Contact Us

If you have questions or need more information about Link Up, please contact the Education & Community Engagement Department at: / 206.336.6613