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 repetoire in the music classroom, while preparing prepare 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 October or November at the Embassy Theatre - it's recommended for all teachers new to the program/curriculum

  • Link Up materials, including student workbooks and teacher guides

  • Teach the Link Up curriculum in your classroom in preparation for the Young People's Concert at the Embassy Theatre - most teachers usually start after winter break

  • 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 2018-2019

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Deadline to register for Link Up "Orchestra Moves"
TBD - Link Up Teacher Night at the Embassy Theatre
Friday, March 1, 2019 - Payment Due (for schools outside of Allen County)
Wednesday, March 27 & Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Young People's Concerts

Concert Theme  
"The Orchestra Moves"

By any definition, music moves. Melody, rhythm, and harmony all change, shift, and develop. When an orchestra plays for us, we may notice more than one kind of movement. On the outside, we can hear sounds move as the musicians change their pitches, rhythms, and dynamics. We can see the musicians’ bodies move as they play. On the inside, we may feel our emotions moving and changing in response to the music we hear. Sometimes music might even create a sense of physical movement as sounds become heavier or lighter, rise up or tumble down. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra moves.

"The Orchestra Moves" is in partnership with the Embassy Theatre and Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI).  "The Orchestra Moves" 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 27, 2019 (Wednesday)
March 28, 2019 (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

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

Additional Information

  • All curricular materials, including teacher guides and student workbooks will be sent directly to each participating school
  • A confirmation email will be sent upon completion of the concert registration form