From the Top Live Auditions

From the Top, the hit program hosted by Christopher O’Riley, seeks young classical musicians (ages 8 to 18) to feature on NPR. This fall, we are hosting live auditions in Washington, DC, and the Boston area. Please see below for specific dates and locations. 

For more info or to sign up for an audition slot, email Please specifiy any time constraints you may have. Slots are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Be yourself. We want to hear your music and learn about you!

Applicants with financial need may also be eligible for a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Details available at

Questions? Email or call 617.437.0707 x134.


Washington, DC Auditions:

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Room 214
2001 10th St. NW, Washington, DC 

Directions for Public Transportation:

Enter on the side of the building across from the green line Metro Station.

Rail: The closest Metro station is U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo on the Green Line (take the 10th Street exit). Walk north and Ellington @ Garnet-Patterson will be directly across the street. For Ellington @ Meyer, walk west one block to 11th Street. Make a right and head north 0.4 miles (approximately 10 minute walk). The school will be on the right side of the street. 

Bus: Ellington @ Garnett Patterson is accessible by Metro bus numbers: 90, 92, 93, 96, X3, 63, & 64. Ellington @ Meyer is accessible by Metro bus numbers 63 & 64. 


Boston Area Auditions:

Sunday, November 9, 2014
WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio
1 Guest Street
Brighton, Massachusetts

For directions, click here.


Saturday, November 15, 2014
M. Steinert and Sons – Natick Mall
1245 Worchester St. #4038
Natick, Massachusetts

For directions, click here.