Daily Joy


We know that there is a lot of uncertainty and worry in our world right now. We also know this: music has the unique ability to bring joy to our lives – and our From the Top young musicians are proof of that.

In response, From the Top has launched “Daily Joy” – a reminder of music’s power to bring us together.

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Save the date: Join guitarists Jack and Elle Davisson for a special performance on Facebook Live, this Friday, March 27 at 6 PM ET.

Day 1: Feeling Good

Violinist Charles Yang collaborates with host/pianist Peter Dugan and From the Top musicians Benjamin Lee, erhu, and Charlotte Marckx, violin on an inspiring cover of "Feeling Good".

Day 2: Oh Danny Boy

Our wonderful co-host/creative Vijay Gupta shares with us a sweet version of "Oh Danny Boy" in honor of St Patrick's Day from his living room.

Day 3: Meet Eric

15-year-old guitarist Eric Wang from San Jose, California offers us a little taste of what he's been practicing at home this week.

Day 4: "Love Is"

Cellist, pianist, and composer Maya Paredes, 19, from Los Angeles, California shares a piece she's been working on over the past few days. "Love Is" focuses on finding the positive during these hard times.

Day 5: Duo for Guitar and Dog

Guitarist Gwenyth Aggeler, 17, from Denver, Colorado brings an unlikely partner to her excerpt of "Rondeau de Concert, op. 12" by Napoléon Coste....her dog. We dare you not to smile at this lovable duo.

Day 6: Latin music on Harp

Our alums are exploring all kinds of music. Take Leila Hudson, from Yorktown Heights, NY, who is venturing into some Latin music on her harp! You won't want to miss her excerpt of "Baroque Flamenco" by Deborah Henson-Conant for Day 6 of Daily Joy.

Day 7: Meet Sam

While some of our alums are finding joy from their favorite pieces, our alum Sam Parrini has something else that's making him smile - up bow staccato ("and lots of it"). That's why for Day 7 of Daily Joy, Sam is coming to us from a cutely decorated practice room at McGill University with TONS of up bow staccato!

Day 8: Erhu4All

In today's Daily Joy, Benjamin Lee, 17, from Byron, Minnesota, writes a new equation for the day with his erhu.

Day 9: Where Music Lives

Today, we're revisiting the inspiring series "Where Music Lives" and FTT alum Kevin Olusola's journey across America last year to meet some incredibly inspiring young musicians. In episode 1, he meets Chicago cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing.

Day 10: Davisson Duo

Jack and Elle Davisson from Palo Alto, California get outside to perform Jobiniana No. 1 by Sérgio Assad. Join Jack and Elle for a special performance on Facebook Live, this Friday, March 27 at 6 PM ET.

Daily 11: Peter Dugan's Marriage of Figaro

What's more joyful than Mozart's Marriage of Figaro? How about a four hands arrangement - played by one pianist! For Day 11 of Daily Joy, our host, Peter Dugan, gets creative and plays this Mozart classic with an unlikely partner at the bench - his doppelgänger!

Day 12: Cellist Sarah Tindall

18-year-old cellist Sarah Tindall from Harleysville, Pennsylvania offers a character-rich excerpt from Popper's Vito for today's Daily Joy.