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  • Meet J.P. Redmond J.P. appeared on our show back in 2013 at the age of 13 where he received a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with his performance. Since being on From the Top, he’s been recognized with three ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, a 2017 Davidson Fellowship, and was a […]

  • Friends, Federal support for the arts, humanities, and public broadcasting has been getting a lot of attention these days, and, unfortunately, it’s not because of all the wonderful things we do. If you’re wondering what you can do to help, check out our 3 Actions You Can Take Right Now. (And, Alumni – we need you!) What’s Happening The […]

  • 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, […]

  • Happy #ArtsMatterDay, Massachusetts!  Arts & culture drive the economy, enhance education, build community, and embrace diversity & inclusion. They encourage us to explore new and unfamiliar ideas in safe spaces. Karen Cueva, a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship and a From the Top alum, writes: “The arts matter because they offer multiple entry points to […]

  • Why Should I Learn How To Transpose? Let’s say we’re a trumpet quintet who was just hired for a Sunday morning church gig (hey, it could happen), and we’ve been told: “No need to come to a rehearsal, you’ll just be sight-reading some easy hymns.” When we arrive, the director hands us a hymnal and […]

  • 15-year-old violinist Maya Buchanan first appeared on From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley on Show 276, recorded in September of 2013, at the age of 13. Since then, she has gone on to win and place in prestigious competitions and is returning to our show on August 14th! Maya’s Recent Accomplishments In July of 2016, Maya was awarded […]

  • Hi everyone! My name is Haruno Sato, and I am so excited to be working from behind the scenes at From the Top as the Klarman fellow this summer! For the past year, I have been working here as the resident “listener,” or more formally called the Primary Screener (I will elaborate on that a little […]

  • A Tale of Two Toppers
    Apr 1, 2016

    After being on From the Top, Tommy Topper went to college at NEC, won several competitions, and then brought music lessons to shelter dogs in Ontario. And then there’s Tanya Topper… We haven’t heard anything from Tanya Topper. She’s probably doing amazing things, but we’re not sure what they are because we haven’t heard from […]

  • APRIL FOOLS! No, we are in fact NOT sending musicians into space for an intergalactic concerto competition. We discussed the possibilities, but unfortunately the Intergalactic Alliance has since disbanded due to heated disagreements regarding what kind of cheese was best for moon construction. What we DO have is a list of awesome opportunities that we […]

  • CORRECTED VERSION: We accidentally hit publish too soon on this post last week. In this version, we use the proper spelling of “app”, and fixed some links. Thanks for your patience.  Dear From the Top mobile app users, We’re sad to share the news that as of February 29, 2016, we are shutting down our […]

  • “When I was four, I took [my father’s] trumpet when he was taking a break, and I got a good sound.” Elmer Churampi told Christopher O’Riley on Show 268. “On that day, he told me that I was going to be a trumpet player.” And that he would. From the moment Elmer picked up the trumpet, […]

  • NEW SHOW: From Denver, Colorado, this week’s episode features a special guest appearance by one of America’s finest living film composers, Danny Elfman. Our young musicians perform arrangements of his music from the soundtracks of Milk and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Mr. Elfman also shares stories from his own colorful teenage years, and a phenomenal […]

  • On Friday, February 20th, From the Top’s Education team lead its group of young musicians through the snow-banked streets of Boston. This particular Friday evening would be a bit different than others, and not just because of the weather. Amid the winding, bustling halls of the Boston Children’s Museum, there is a special, large space designed specifically for […]

  • Tour buses line the streets in San Francisco, filled with gawking visitors to the city, snapping pictures at the multitude of historic sights. On February 13, though, a 40-person bus parks in front of the Hotel Whitcomb to pick up some local teenage residents of the bay area. Fourteen musicians, all students at the San […]

  • REPEAT SHOW: From North Carolina, this week’s show features the return appearance of a From the Top alum who went on to win a top prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this year. He’s the first American to become a medalist in over 16 years. We’ll also meet a teenage bassoonist with a […]

  • Clare Semes, who appeared on Show 108 in 2004, has made a big name for herself in the violin world. Check out the video premier of her duo with violinist Chelsea Starbuck Smith. The group, called Les Deux, performs an original arrangement of variations on Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

  • REPEAT BROADCAST: Show 243, recorded in December 2011. This week, from the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, From the Top celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the eyes of today’s teenagers. You’ll hear the superb Boston Children’s Chorus sing several inspiring pieces and meet a 17-year-old bassoonist […]

  • Show 298, recorded in Greenville, South Carolina, in November 2014. This week’s episode features one of the strongest youth choirs in the “Palmetto State” performing a moving new work by a local South Carolina composer. We’ll also meet a euphonium player who performs with the speed and dexterity of a flutist, and we’ll enjoy Bach […]

  • Published on Feb 18, 2014 Recorded at the Tivoli Theatre and nearby schools Chattanooga, Tennessee Visit our YouTube channel and subscribe today to get great kids and great music in your inbox!

  • It’s that time again! The leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisper, and Boston’s young musicians are in the midst of another academic year. Lots of music is yet to be made, some in a formal concert hall, some out in our community. We find it’s the unexpected encounters with music that often have the most […]