This Year's Project: Link Up
The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra has been entertaining and educating the Siouxland area with music for 102 years. We perform a minimum of 7 concerts (4 classical and 3 pops) a year in the Sioux City Orpheum Theater. The SCSO has reached a new level of popularity with our recent programming such as West Side Story, Fantasia, and our upcoming concert Star Wars. Music education for our youth is paramount for the SCSO. We provide opportunities for students in over 40 schools in the tri-state area. From Albert City, IA to Spencer, IA to Dakota Valley, SD to Verdigre, NE. Over 60% of the schools are Title I schools. Our musicians travel to schools to play and teach for our quartets/quintets in schools program, and principals in schools program. The organization relies heavily on sponsorships, grants, ticket sales, donations, fundraisers and advertising to meet our budget requirements.
(Link Up - Music Eduation) The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra joins with Carnegie Hall out of New York City to present this innovative programming in music education. Students in grades 3 to 5 are given the opportunity to join the orchestra in this highly participatory program, in which they learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and actually perform with the SCSO from their seats in the Orpheum Theatre. Teachers from over 40 schools in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota are given curriculum by Carnegie Hall to implement in their classrooms. Carnegie Hall then ships music books for every kid in each participating school for free. The students learn music through song, dance, and playing recorders. After months of practicing, the students head to the Orpheum Theatre to perform the songs alongside the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. Over 6,000 kids participated in three concerts with the SCSO during the 2017-2018 season. For most of the students, it was their first time inside the Orpheum. It's safe to say that because of Link Up many of the kids were given an opportunity that they otherwise would not get. Over 60% of the schools in attendance are Title I schools, which means they are below the poverty line. The Link Up program is absolutely FREE for every schools that participates. The SCSO takes care of all the costs associated with the performance. It's our mission to get Siouxland youth involved in music at a young age and then help them develop with the help of our other programs in schools.