A Letter From Executive Director Gretchen Nielsen

Dear friends:

Happy New Year from all of us at From the Top! I hope you enjoyed a joyous and relaxing holiday season with loved ones. As a new calendar year begins, I would like to share several exciting updates taking place at FTT over the next several months:

Boston Programs

In 2019, FTT will continue its commitment to advancing artistic excellence in our home of Boston, through partnerships with two iconic Boston institutions. On February 3, we are looking forward to collaborating with the Walnut Hill School for the Arts at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall for an incredible live performance featuring guest host Lawrence Gilliard Jr., in celebration of Walnut Hill’s 125th Anniversary.

Then on March 23, we will collaborate with another iconic Boston landmark, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, for a live recording featuring the renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz as guest host. FTT is proud to give back to the community that has given us so much, and we look forward to a remarkable Boston performance season and a bright future in Beantown for many years to come.

New Video Partnership with Alum Kevin Olusola

FTT is thrilled to announce that we’ll be adding to our already impressive canon of video projects a new mini-series hosted by FTT alum and Board member Kevin Olusula of three-time Grammy® Award-winning and multi-Platinum-selling Pentatonix. Featuring four remarkable young musicians on their journey to artistic excellence, the videos will include in-depth stories as well as one-of-a-kind collaborative performances.

We look forward to releasing these videos to the general public in the spring, so be sure you’ve subscribed to our YouTube channel and that you’re following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Exciting Guest Hosts

This season, FTT highlights unique perspectives and life experiences through a variety of guest hosts, enabling FTT to further celebrate diversity of thought, background, and cultures. These guests include such acclaimed artists as concert pianist Orli Shaham, MacArthur Genius Award-Winners violinist Vijay Gupta and pianist Jeremy Denk, and jazz legend Fred Hersch to name a few. Already we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming back to the stage outstanding FTT alums Peter Dugan, Yuga Cohler, and percussionist turned Food Network star Molly Yeh.

For a full listing of our season’s upcoming performances, please click here.

Thank you for supporting FTT and our mission to foster our nation’s next generation of musicians and artist leaders; whether you’re a listener, a social media follower, a donor, a board member, or a superfan, you are an integral part of our family and I am truly grateful for your support.

We’re looking forward to a great season ahead! Happy New Year!


Gretchen Nielsen
Executive Director

P.S. To see some of our favorite From the Top moments of 2018, click here.

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