Details for our in-school programs are below. Please read through this information before completing your online registration. The link to registration is at the bottom of this page.
2017-2018 Link Up
A partnership with Carnegie Hall, students in grades 3-5 attend a free, day-time concert to hear the OKC Philharmonic perform, but also participate from their seats on recorder, violin, or voice.
The Link Up concerts will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 10:00 am and 11:30 am at the Visual & Performing Arts Center at Oklahoma City Community College.
2017-2018 Sound Images Program
Sound Images is a program of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
The Sound Images program is an in-school program, taught by you, the teacher. Sound Images is a program designed to introduce students in grades 3-8 to the relationship between classical music and visual art through an art contest. Each visual arts specialist, music specialist, or 3rd through 8th grade teacher will receive curriculum materials outlining the program and a corresponding study CD.
Sound Images will allow students to explore their imaginations and experience emotion and texture in music while also meeting a number of Oklahoma's Fine Arts Standards. To begin, students will learn terms that are common to both visual art and music. After the students have mastered the terminology, they will begin listening to selections from the study CD and practicing turning music into visual art. You will be given suggestions as to how to open the students' minds to this type of activity. After several practice sessions, the students will listen to the contest selection and create their artwork based on what they hear.
Students will be judged on the school level by the school, and art from the school winners will be sent to the Philharmonic to compete for an overall prize. School winners will be judged by local artists from within the community. Overall winners will receive prizes, such as tickets to the Discovery Concerts of the Philharmonic or MP3 Players, depending on grade.
Teaching guides and study CDs will be mailed to you after registration is confirmed.
The 2017-2018 deadline to submit artwork is Friday, March 2nd, 2018.
2017-2018 We've Got Rhythm
This award-winning program serves as an introduction to the orchestra and works in conjunction with the school music programs to follow Oklahoma's PASS (Priority Academic Student Skills) skills. Third graders from all around the metro enjoy two classroom visits and a trip to the Civic Center for a performance by the Philharmonic.
Component #1 -- A Hands-On visit with our Instrument Playground allows the children to see, touch, and play instruments from each family of the orchestra. A docent from the Orchestra League will accompany to talk about each instrument family and the important role that each family plays in an orchestra.
Component #2 -- A Philharmonic ensemble performs a mini-concert for the children. The musicians talk about their instruments and discuss the elements of music, including melody, harmony and rhythm.
Component #3 -- Performance -- The participating 3rd graders join hundreds of other children for the Philharmonic's annual YOUTH CONCERTS at the Civic Center, which is a culmination of everything the students have learned from the past two components.
In-class materials -- Each participating teacher receives a student workbooks, teacher's guides and a Youth Concert study CD that prepares the children for their visit to the Civic Center for the performance. Many teachers play the CD, which includes the music that will be performed at their concert, over and over during study and quiet work periods to familiarize the students with the music. Concert etiquette and other questions are covered in the materials provided.
2017-2018 Youth Concerts
The Youth Concerts are presented by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown OKC. These 45-minute, school-day concerts highlight the sights and sounds of the symphony orchestra. Under the direction of guest conductor Matthew Troy, the Philharmonic will perform excerpts of both classical and popular music. This is an excellent opportunity to expose your students to the arts!!
These non-ticketed Youth Concerts are offered FREE of charge and are suggested for grades 3, 4, and 5, as well as beginning band and orchestra students throughout Oklahoma. Students or children younger than 3rd grade, even if accompanying a chaperone, are not permitted. In addition to admittance to the concert, teachers who register and participate will receive concert preparation materials to use including a teaching guide and study CD. These materials have been revised this year to include easier-to-read information, listening maps for the pieces, and additional games for your students. Materials will be available online for download or hard copy in the mail.
Space for these concerts is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. This year's dates are:
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.
Please note, in order for our programs to serve as many students as possible, those students participating in Link up can NOT participate in our Youth Concerts. (Example: Students in grade 3 may attend the Youth Concert. Students in grades 4 and 5 may attend Link Up.)
Link to register for in-school programs:
If you have any questions, please contact Katie Barrick, Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-232-7575.