Carnegie Hall, Akron Symphony and APS Team Up for the Arts

Now THIS is a Partnership
Posted on 03/14/2018
Image of APS Students and Akron Symphony(courtesy Theresa Cottom, Beacon Journal)

On Tuesday, a chorus of nearly 2,500 singers belted out Carl Orff’s O Fortuna, filling the Akron Civic Theatre with the medieval Latin tune.

All but a handful of them were in fifth grade or younger.

Elementary students from across the region got the chance to sing and play classical tunes alongside the Akron Symphony Tuesday during the Orchestra Rocks Link Up concert at the Civic Theatre.

Link Up is a program created by Carnegie Hall that pairs orchestras across the country with their local schools.

Carnegie created a third- through fifth-grade curriculum that it provides to teachers for free, which they use to guide students throughout the school year in learning the basics of music, from rhythm and tempo to dynamics and different instruments. The curriculum features three levels — vocal, recorder and strings — that can be taught at the same time to students depending on their individual abilities.

The Akron Symphony is one of more than 100 organizations that participate in the program nationwide.

Jim Zwisler, the chair of the Akron Symphony Education Committee, said participation has grown from about 30 Akron elementary schools the first year to 52 schools across the region this year.

The culmination of the program is the annual concert in March, which features the entire Akron Symphony. Read more >>.

Image of APS Students and Akron Symphony
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