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  • In 2002, then 18-year-old guitarist Gohar Vardanyan appeared on From the Top while studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy (Show 75). She treated our audiences to an inspired performance of Regino Sainz de la Massa’s “Andaluza.” She also regaled us with a funny story about how her dad may have tricked her into practicing. Today, […]

  • This week on From the Top’s new podcast series highlighting moments from our archives, we hear the work of an incredible 12-year-old composer who has gone on to a very successful career in music. In June 2000, composer and pianist Sebastian Chang, from Trebuco Canyon, CA, appeared on From the Top’s 25th show in Boston. […]

  • This week marks the launch of From the Top’s new short form podcast series featuring brief but beautiful moments pulled from our archive.  Our first episode highlights the Norman North High School Chorale‘s powerful performance of Eric Whitacre’s “Water Night”, recorded in their home state at Oklahoma City University in 2011. Choir members also […]

  • We’re so pleased to share From the Top: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert in honor of NPR’s 50th anniversary celebration. The intimate video performance series highlights several From the Top alumni, performing from their homes across the country. NPR’s Tom Huizenga writes: “It’s been said that our young people are the hope of our future. If that’s […]

  • NEW EPISODE CELEBRATES YOUNG BLACK MUSICIANS AND WORKS BY BLACK COMPOSERS Three-time Grammy® Award-winning artist Kevin Olusola joins Host/Pianist Peter Dugan and young Black musicians from across the country for a special Juneteenth-themed episode of the From the Top. Black teenage classical musicians share stories and performances, reflect on Juneteenth, what it means to them, […]

  • Congratulations to From the Top Host/Pianist Peter Dugan and alumnus/baritone John Brancy on the release of their new album: WWI, The Journey Home: Live from the Kennedy Center, released by Vocal Arts DC in collaboration with Avie Records. Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, The Journey Home: Live from the Kennedy […]

  • It has been some time since we posted our Alumni in Action column, and we owe shout-outs to many alumni who have been in touch recently. We apologize in advance for those we might miss today. Please keep sending in your news; we plan to keep-up this column monthly. Send a note to info@fromthetop.org, and […]

  • Young Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and musicians of Asian descent have shared so much beauty with the listeners of From the Top over the last 20 years. They are core to the story-telling and spectacular performances that have come to define From the Top. In this time of growing anti-Asian sentiment and violence in the […]

  • THE POPULAR SHOWCASE FOR YOUNG CLASSICAL MUSICIANS PREMIERES ON WHRB 95.3 FM – Sunday, March 7 at 5:00 PM — [February 22, 2021] – WHRB-Harvard Radio announces plans to air From the Top, the acclaimed hour-long showcase of America’s talented young classical musicians distributed by NPR. Hosted by pianist Peter Dugan, From the Top will […]

  • On this week’s broadcast of From the Top, the victorious finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite is performed by a teenage pianist from Chicago. He’s joined by a teenage violinist using YouTube to provoke political dialogue, a talented 14-year-old pianist performing Beethoven, a young violinist whose musical roots spans two continents, and a 16-year-old saxophonist who […]

  • On this week’s From the Top, one of the strongest teenage piano trios in the country performs Beethoven with passion and precision. They are joined by a young vocalist performing Shakespeare, an 18-year-old cellist with a special relationship with his grandfather, a hard-working flutist with a unique sense of style, and a 15-year-old violinist who […]

  • Daily Joy: Simple Gifts with Black Violin We can’t think of a more fitting piece than “Simple Gifts” to share on Thanksgiving, and we’re certain you’ve never heard a version like this one! For today’s Daily Joy, enjoy a group of talented young musicians alongside the critically acclaimed duo “Black Violin.” Get More Daily Joy […]

  • A thank you message from our Host, Peter Dugan, for the Thanksgiving season!

  • From the Top would like to share a volunteer opportunity that one of our community partners, Bravo Waukegan, is putting forward for From the Top alumni who are age 20+. If you have an interest in virtually teaching/mentoring a high school music student one-on-one over a 10 – 15 week period, contact us to learn […]

  • The charismatic violinist Charles Yang, member of the genre bending trio “Time for Three”, returns to From the Top this week to join Host Peter Dugan in collaborating with our young performers. He performs the music of Shostakovich with a teenager from Philadelphia and leaps into a quartet to perform the composition of an imaginative […]

  • As we all take a deep breath today, I thought I’d share some music to help us get through whatever lies ahead. Music can be a soothing balm or an ecstatic outburst of joy; and in the hands of our young musicians, great music-making is always a source of hope and inspiration. I encourage you […]

  • This week, guest host Orli Shaham returns for another new episode, enjoying the moving experience of performing live chamber music for the first time during the pandemic. The program, recorded partly on stage at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in New York, features a wonderful group of young people, like a young violist, […]

  • Our host Peter Dugan catches up with WRTI’s Susan Lewis about being host of From the Top, balancing a diverse career, and life since Covid-19 in this episode of TIME IN.

  • Make Your Voice Heard
    Oct 20, 2020

    This is a reminder to our alumni to make your voice heard this election. Get out and vote! You have the power to shape the future. Learn more at vote.gov.  

  • This week’s episode of From the Top marks the kick-off to our 2020-2021 radio season. It’s not easy producing radio with kids from across the country during a pandemic, but our faithful producers have found a way! This week’s amazing young musicians join guest host Orli Shaham for a unique show – some recorded virtually […]