Copper Mill Elementary School’s Orchestra had the opportunity to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra while on a field trip to Ponchatoula High School.

The Jan. 22 performance was part of the Young People’s Concert series.

Copper Mill orchestra students performed music from “Link Up: The Orchestra Sings,” a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Link Up, for third- through fifth-graders, provides students the opportunity to join an orchestra in a highly participatory way by singing and playing an instrument in the classroom and then performing along with a professional orchestra from their seats at a culminating concert, according to Sharon Johnson, of the Weill Music Institute.

“The Orchestra Sings teaches students about melody, one of the universal elements of music,” said Copper Mill orchestra director and founder Amy Pan. “The orchestra ‘sings’ when the musicians play the melodies on their instruments that they’ve learned in class. We’re excited to have been part of this program.”

The other two programs of Link Up are “The Orchestra Moves,” about the melodic motif, and “The Orchestra Rocks,” about rhythm.

The Copper Mill orchestra performed “New World Symphony” by Antonin Dvorak, “Simple Gifts” by Joseph Brackett and “Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven with the Louisiana Philharmonic.

“The Zachary orchestra performed the best out of all the schools,” said Louisiana Philharmonic conductor David Torns.

This year, LPO is focusing on teaching students about melody, harmony, the structure of songs and the instrument families in the Young People’s Concert series.