Education and Outreach

A fundamental part of From the Top’s mission is the belief that young musicians have the power to create positive change in their communities. The Center for Development of Arts Leaders, From the Top’s arts education and outreach program, mentors and supports our musicians as they plan for a future in the arts. Whether they envision themselves as ambassadors for their instrument, teachers, arts advocates, or at the forefront of applying the latest technology to the performance experience, we train them to take their music beyond the concert hall.


  • Arts Leadership on the Road
    Every musician who appears on NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley receives focused leadership training, exploring the communication and collaborative skills that can expand and engage future audiences. They then apply this training by creating and presenting customized outreach activities in every community we visit, bringing the excitement and beauty of classical music to more of a community’s citizens, with a particular focus on children and youth.
  • CDAL Boston
    In our hometown of Boston, we mentor up to 60 young musicians each year through CDAL-Boston. CDAL-Boston is the first center of its kind focused on developing and training Greater Boston’s young musicians as leaders, working with educational and service organizations in performing, teaching, and advocacy roles, expanding the power of music to make a difference.
  • Coming soon: The Arts Leadership Library
    Have you thought about doing a fundraising concert, but are not sure where to start? Or, are you interested in learning how other From the Top alumni take their music beyond the concert hall? Soon, we'll have an online library of resources available at no cost to young musicians. Stay tuned!
  • Coming Soon: The From the Top Arts Leadership Grant
    Starting February 1, 2017, we will be seeking applications from young musicians with a desire to make their communities better through music.