The Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert program is an important and celebrated pillar of the orchestra’s music education programming. As a partner orchestra within a national Link Up network of orchestras, the Philharmonic connects with educators to bring the exploration of music-making into the classroom.

Link Up is a hands-on music curriculum for students in grades 3-5 that explores orchestral repertoire in the music classroom, while preparing students for a fully interactive, culminating concert experience at the historic Embassy Theatre in which the students actually sing or play recorder along with the orchestra! If you are teaching recorder or singing, this curriculum is a must!

Introduce your students to the orchestra by helping them prepare to become a part of it all!

*Reserve seats today by submitting the online concert registration form. (Click here.)
Free for 3rd-5th grade students in Allen County / $5 per student (outside of Allen County)

What to expect when you become a Link Up teacher: 

  • Complete the online Link Up/Young People's Concert registration form
  • Attend the Link Up Professional Development Workshop in November - it's recommended for all teachers new to the program/curriculum

  • Link Up materials, including student workbooks and teacher guides (available online only)

  • Teach the Link Up curriculum in your classroom in preparation for the Young People's Concert at the Embassy Theatre 

  • Participate in the ultimate summative assessment of student learning, the Link Up Young People's Concert, where you and your students will perform along with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra

Link Up Timeline 2019-2020
TBD - Link Up Professional Development
Friday, March 6, 2020 - Payment Due (for schools outside of Allen County)
Wednesday, March 11 & Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Young People's Concerts

Concert Theme  
"The Orchestra Rocks"

One universal element of music is rhythm. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra rocks.

"The Orchestra Rocks" is in partnership with the Embassy Theatre and Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI).  "The Orchestra Rocks" is a part of WMI's national Link Up program that connects teachers and orchestras across the country. 

This program is made possible with the generous multi-year support of the Rifkin Family Foundation, The Journal Gazette Foundation, and Psi Iota Xi, Pi chapter. 


March 11, 2020 (Wednesday)
March 12, 2020 (Thursday)

10:00 am (both dates)

Embassy Theatre
125 West Jefferson Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

Approximately 50 minutes

Free for 3rd-5th grade students in Allen County
$5 per student (outside of Allen County)

1 free chaperone admission for every 10 students attending

Curriculum Guide
Free for all participating schools (available online only)

Concert Registration
Reserve seats today by submitting the online concert registration form. (Click Here!)

Additional Information