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Education is central to the Symphony’s mission, and Simply Symphonic is the Symphony’s flagship educational offering.  This award-winning program for 5th Grade students features a curriculum guide, distributed to participating classrooms in January, along with a listening CD of musical excerpts.  Teachers use the curriculum guide to integrate musical activities into the standard core curriculum as a tool to enhance learning, while at the same time preparing the students for attending the Symphony.  In April, the students board buses and head downtown to the Pantages Theater for a specially-created concert featuring the same music they have been listening to on the CD since January.  For many this is their first time ever in the beautiful Pantages Theater and the first time they have experienced a full 80-piece symphony orchestra live in concert.  It is an experience that makes a strong impression, remaining with them long after.

Students and orchestras come together world-wide in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up program.  The Symphony joins over 70 other orchestras across the globe as a Link Up partner orchestra, with its popular education program Simply Symphonic.  “The strength of the Link Up program is that students are given the opportunity to be active participants in making music.  Few other art forms provide the opportunity to participate collectively, which is a special magic of music”, says Music Director Sarah Ioannides.

The Link Up program offers an opportunity to build upon the already successful Simply Symphonic program, introducing students in fifth grade to the joys of orchestral music.  Students first learn to sing or play an instrument in their classrooms, depending up on the teacher and school capabilities and preferences.  Then, they bring these skills to the concert hall, performing with a professional orchestra from their seats.  Link Up now reaches nearly 250,000 students nationwide and is expanding beyond the US, partnering with orchestras in Canada, Spain, and Japan.

As part of this arrangement, participating schools receive up-to-date curriculum guides for each teacher (featuring lessons on singing, playing the soprano recorder or violin, reading and notating music, and composing and improvising music) with an accompanying CD and DVD, as well as workbooks for each student.  The Symphony recruits local teachers and students for participation and provide professional development workshops and direct support for participating local teachers, as it has for Simply Symphonic’s nearly two-decade tenure.

See the video of Link Up, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute

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Recent article on the importance of music and arts education:
“To Boost Attendance, Milwaukee Schools Revive Art, Music And Gym”

Please join us in thanking our program sponsors:

Foundation Donors:

The Allison Foundation
The Baker Foundation
The Boulanger Family Foundation
The De Falco Family Foundation
The Dimmer Family Foundation
The Florence Kilworth Foundation
The Horizons Foundation
The MJF Foundation
The William Kilworth Foundation

Corporate Sponsors:
ArtsFund          Callisons_WordMark_GreenBlack-Large

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Thanks also to donors who give at the annual season opening gala auction during “Raise the Paddle”.

If you are interested in sponsoring a classroom or a school, call 253-272-7264 and ask for Advancement Manager Laura Stone, or email Laura at