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  • We believe in the power of music in the hands of young musicians. Do you? Join From the Top alumni, fans, and family in trumpeting (pun intended) the awesomeness that young musicians bring to the world by adding your note to our #Note4Note online giving campaign. Here’s how it works: 1. You give a dollar, […]

  • Growing up in Denver, Colorado, Trey Pernell was a student with many talents. Despite some significant challenges in his home life, Trey decided that he would not let that hardship keep him from achieving his goals. For him, “not achieving was not an option.” Beyond his academic pursuits, Trey has very diverse interests that include but also go beyond […]

  • This post is Part 2 of a three-part series about From the Top’s Fall 2014 residency at the Conservatory Lab Charter School (CLCS), an elementary school in Boston with a music-intensive curriculum. Read Part 1 here.  On a windy fall afternoon, From the Top’s arts leaders arrived for the second day of their chamber music residency at […]

  • Sometimes, music can express what nothing else can. 17-year-old mezzo soprano Olivia Cosio, who appeared on Show 278 in Boston’s Jordan Hall, understands music’s power to transcend. Growing up in San Francisco’s notoriously dangerous Tenderloin neighborhood, Olivia turned to music for the creativity and expression she needed to overcome adversity. In addition to singing on …

  • This post is Part 1 of a three-part series about From the Top’s Fall 2014 residency at the Conservatory Lab Charter School (CLCS), an elementary school in Boston with a music-intensive curriculum. Each year, From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders partners with organizations around Boston, making way for extraordinary young musicians to take their […]

  • 19-year-old David von Behren appeared on Show 273 in El Paso, Texas. In addition to being an organist, he is also an accomplished violinist, and played trumpet in his high school band. He was even voted Homecoming King in his hometown of Falls City, Nebraska. Each of these traits led From the Top to give him the […]

  • 13-year-old cellist Sebastian Stöger from New York City appeared on Show 261 back in 2012. In conjunction with his performance on From the Top, Sebastian also received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a $10,000 scholarship given to extraordinary young musicians with financial need. Each recipient of the award is required to complete an arts leadership project, an outreach activity […]

  • Sketches from Boston
    Oct 15, 2014

    Under the lights of Calderwood Hall in Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for Show 285, one audience member sat gazing intently at each performer while moving a pencil over a page in her sketch book. At the end of the performance, we tracked her down to find out who she was and take a peek inside her […]

  • There’s no better way to start off our new season than with news of From the Top alumni sweeping the global competition scene. Back in July, pianist Hilda Huang, who appeared on Show 180, took first prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. Across Europe in Hungary, cellist Taeguk Mun, who first appeared on Show 174, […]

  • At just 14 years old, Andrew Moses’ virtuosic clarinet playing is exceeded only by his good heart. He first appeared on From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley Show 273 in El Paso, Texas. In addition, he was a recipient of the From the Top Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a $10,000 scholarship given to extraordinary young […]

  • Sometimes the best music comes from a variety of influences. J.P. Redmond, from Yonkers, New York, is not only a pianist but also a composer. At only 14 years old, J.P. has proven to be a musician as accomplished as he is multi-talented. In addition to appearing on From the Top Show 274 in San Marcos, Texas, J.P. […]

  • As we begin our new season in Aspen, Colorado, this coming week, we’re (between planning meetings) reflecting on the great things that have happened with From the Top this last year. The 2013-2014 season was full of amazing young musicians, unforgettable performances, and unique venues. But we also had some great moments that weren’t on the radio! […]

  • It is just past 8:00 PM in New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall where a single piano is set center stage. The lights dim, the audience quiets down, and 18-year-old cellist and From the Top alum Lev Mamuya steps out from behind the curtain. Inspired by the arts leadership orientation and outreach event he participated in as components of […]

  • Last month, From the Top returned to the Virginia Arts Festival for a performance in the historic Attucks Theatre in Norfolk. The Rhythm Project All Stars, the Virginia Arts Festival’s teen world percussion ensemble, was featured on the show. In addition, featured soloists included 11-year-old pianist Kyle Hu, 16-year-old double bassist Lena Goodson, 17-year-old soprano Emily […]

  • Thomas West had quite the experience when he appeared on our live taping of From the Top in 2012. While singing to a sold-out audience for a live radio taping was a highlight for him, one of the most remarkable moments was a smaller, more intimate performance at Dalewood Middle School. From the Top’s education […]

  • The Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition, offering a total of nearly $17,000 in prizes, will be held in Montgomery, Alabama, January 25 and 26, 2014. Instrumentalists (except organ) in grades 7 – 12 who live and attend school in the United States are eligible to compete. First Prize:  $10,000, an appearance with the Montgomery Symphony and […]

  • From the Top was on the road last month, hosting several special events for board members, donors, and friends. On October 6, more than 100 guests joined From the Top performers and Christopher O’Riley for a private reception following a live taping in Boston at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. On October 22, 65 guests […]

  • Vietnam was the unlikely location where violist and Princeton Sophomore Devon Naftzger (Show 256) of Lincolnshire, IL had a profound musical experience brought about when she played her viola for a classroom of Vietnamese students. This past summer, Devon participated in a three-week program called Coach For College which brought her to southwestern Vietnam and […]

  • Chason Goldfinger, 17, composer String Quartet No. 1, Elemental, Op. 15 IV. Salamandrae (Fire) Fire is very much about the element itself of fire. When I was thinking fire, and like fire, it has some semblance of order – it consumes, but not radially.  It expands and moves in different directions with the fuel  and […]

  • Our alumni didn’t spend their summer vacations catching rays on beaches, they were far too busy making waves of their own. From major awards to music videos, here is what our alumni did on summer break: Pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, who appeared on Show 240 in Boston, Massachusetts, joins a number of other distinguished From the […]