2010 Margaret Stewart Lindsay Recipients

(January 2010) We are pleased to announce the first recipients of the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Arts Leadership Award, a new program that encourages high school and collegiate musicians to give back to their communities.

Award recipients were invited to apply for funding for an existing or proposed music-based community project in the greater-Boston area. Awardees share a grant pool of $2500 and include:

GriffinNoniFrom the Top alumnus Griffin Gaffney, a first year student at Harvard, will work with classmate Noni Carter to create an after-school program in Boston in the fall of 2010 that promotes literacy and exposure to the arts.


MichaelBrianMichael Reichman and Brian Kaufman, Master's candidates at New England Conservatory who lead Musical Diplomacy, a community project that inspires conversation about social issues through music. The award will support their May 14 Concert and Discussion on Race and Culture in the Age of Obama and the participation of Emmy-nominated composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). Read about their program.


AlyssaJacob Shack, a senior at Phillips Academy, on behalf of the Andover Lawrence String Program. The grant will support this Phillips Academy program, which brings children from the Leonard School and the Lawrence Family Development and Education Fund Charter School to campus for weekly music lessons with student volunteers. Read about the program.


NoahAn Honorable Mention was awarded to Noah Umberto Kelly, a fourth grade student at Jackson Middle School in Newton, for his efforts to provide concerts for the residents at the Sophia Snow House retirement community. Noah receives his music instruction through Project STEP, a string training program for minority children who demonstrate exceptional musical talent and interest.

From the Top will provide mentoring to the Margaret Stewart Lindsay Arts Leadership Award recipients as they implement their projects. Download the press release.