• Be Our Guest!
    Aug 21, 2023

    This season, From the Top is recording in studios around the country, and we are giving some lucky fans access to watch the process in action! If you are in New York, Boston, Austin, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, please register here for your chance to access a guest pass and attend an exclusive behind-the-scenes […]

  • Daniel Colaner (Organ/Piano) lives in Akron, Ohio and is a recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. He is a student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. Daniel is the Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and is also a member of the […]

  • As we complete our 2022-2023 season of learning, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the 87  young musicians who completed From the Top’s Learning and Media Lab Fellowship. Each Fellow… Completed seven online learning sessions focusing on community engagement, artist life, and content creation/recording! Completed a community engagement project such as a virtual […]

  • “Tune in to From the Top and give yourself a dose of music and hope.” –Los Angeles Times From the Top Musicians with Disabilities Special Initiative National Performance Broadcast featuring Itzhak Perlman and Young Disabled/Neurodivergent Musicians Airing March 27 – April 2, 2023 Youth-Led Virtual Forums Co-Hosted with Kennedy Center VSA April 3-4, 2023 Plus: […]

  • From the Top is pleased to announce ten new recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. The Young Artists will receive an award of up to $10,000 and have been accepted to From the Top’s Learning and Media Lab Fellowship, which culminates in an appearance on From the Top’s NPR radio program. The […]

  • We are pleased to announce the Fall 2022 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. The ten recipients will receive an award of up to $10,000 and have been accepted to From the Top’s Learning and Media Lab Fellowship, which culminates in an appearance on From the Top’s NPR radio program. Since 2005, […]

  • Meet the Radio Team
    Oct 12, 2022

    Meet the people behind From the Top’s weekly NPR radio show! Megan Swan, Director of Production Operations and Programming, joined From the Top as Music Director in 2019. Megan has enjoyed tenure as a creative producer, artistic programmer, educator, and musician having held positions in Strategic Initiatives, Artistic Programming, and Operations with the LA Phil/Hollywood […]

  • As one of the first members of From the Top’s creative team, Timothy Banker has been instrumental to From the Top’s success as a nationally syndicated radio program for 22 years. We salute him on an incredible two decades with From the Top as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. From the Top: You […]

  • From the Top musicians are multi-talented teens committed to many passions beyond the rehearsal room. Pianist Erin Chong was no exception – at the time of her 2002 appearance on Show 65, she was also a dedicated competitive swimmer (team captain, in fact). From the Top’s original teen “Roving Reporter” Haley Goldbach interviewed her swim […]

  • A colorful imagination can definitely inspire a great classical music performance. It certainly inspired 14-year-old harpist Anna DeLoi in 2010. Anna shared a chilling tale and a riveting performance of Performis Valse by Arnold Bax, a piece Anna nicknamed the “demented doll dance”. Check out this spooky performance and humorous moment on this week’s installment […]

  • 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, 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 […]