Be on the NPR Radio Show

What’s it like to be on From the Top?

  • It’s a unique and fun opportunity to share music in a positive, non-competitive environment.
  • It’s the chance to reach hundreds of thousands of listeners through a national radio broadcast.
  • It’s an opportunity to join an organization dedicated to celebrating and empowering young classically-trained musicians and to discover your own unique leadership path.

Are you eligible?

You are eligible if you:

  • Are between the ages of 8–18 and have not enrolled in a college or conservatory.
  • Live in or have a significant training connection to the US.

We feature:

  • Solo instrumentalists
  • Vocalists
  • Composers
  • Small ensembles (8 members or fewer)
  • Large ensembles (9 members or more)

From the Top’s primary focus is to present music from the western classical tradition. However, we occasionally present music from other non-pop genres including folk music, world music, spirituals, and acoustic or piano jazz.

For more information, please read our FAQs. For more instructions on applying, click on the links below.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, although applicants interested in a specific recording may indicate so on their application. Live auditions are also held periodically across the country, but are not required to apply.


How to apply: Soloists and Composers

How to apply: Small Ensembles

How to apply: Large Ensembles

Returning applicant?

If you have already applied for our radio program, STOP RIGHT THERE! Please e-mail and we will give you access to our Application Update form.



Pre-college instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, and ensembles (ages 8–18)