Be on the NPR Radio Show

“Being on From the Top has been one of the best experiences our quartet could have ever asked for.” – Ekdev Rajkitkul, 17, saxophone

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 a 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.

*All applicants wishing to apply for our scholarship as well as for the opportunity to perform on From the Top, need only complete the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award application. The one application covers both opportunities. Please know that the scholarship is a need-based award and can only be awarded in conjunction with a show performance. It cannot be awarded independently.

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How to apply: Soloists and Composers

How to apply: Small Ensembles

How to apply: Large Ensembles


Am I eligible to appear on From the Top?

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.

High School Seniors

Please note that our season is typically fully booked each year by March or April. High school seniors should therefore apply no later than December 31st of their senior year to ensure that their application is reviewed while they are still eligible to be featured on the show.