The Seattle Symphony will perform a music composition by Students of Wolfle Elementary School at Benaroya Hall in March. The project of named ‘Wolfle Symphony’ was joint effort by 5th grade students under the supervision of Michael McCurdy, their music teacher.
Michael discovered some weeks ago, that the composition they had made in October and submitted in December had been selected out of the submissions from schools around Puget Sound. The ‘Wolfe Symphony’ performances will be in the series of Link Up music education program which consist of more than 10,000 students from the area attending the concerts at Benaroya Hall on March 1, 7 and 9.
Link Up is a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in New York City, that takes students around the country playing recorders and singing along with symphonies. The institution offers a music curriculum which symphonies can adapt to schools in their area.
The program is open for all kids, but Seattle Symphony makes an extra effort to extend to students who are not capable of attending a symphony concert. The symphony offers a discount to schools with large numbers of low-income students.
Link Up has been around for a couple of years, but this is their second year while contesting. The rules required a one- to three-minute piece that uses at least three instruments. The ‘Wolfle Symphony’ uses snare drums, violins, and trumpets varying between leaping staccato phrases and slow, stately notes.
Teacher McCurdy stated that the students’ initial attempts were quite hard. They later learnt how to use tempo, pitch, and various instruments to polish up their sound. The students have also been rehearsing for the play-along portion of the concert. On Wednesday, they played with a recording of Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ together with other melodies.