Congratulations to From the Top’s 2022-2023 Learning and Media Lab Fellows!

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 concert with Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado or curating their own special concert for a community member.
  • Asked insightful questions of guest artist speakers:  Davóne Tines, Emi Ferguson, Jazmín Morales, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Michael Thurber, Kevin Olusola, Adrian Anantawan, and Nathalie Joachim.
  • Recorded for From the Top’s NPR broadcast/podcast.
  • Met new friends from across the United States.

Cumulatively, the Fellows spent 696 hours working with From the Top!

Twenty of the Fellows are also recipients of a  $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

We also want to acknowledge the two wonderful large ensembles that were featured on From the Top this season, Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir and Atlanta Music Project Senior Youth Choir.

Fellows, we are so proud to call you alumni! Well done.

From the Top is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Learning and Media Lab Fellowship and conducting Live “Virtual” Auditions during the month of August. Visit for more information.

From the Top is a national non-profit media and education organization founded in Boston in 1999.

From the Top is grateful to receive support from The Alphadyne Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, The Volgenau Foundation, and contributions from many generous individuals.

Please meet our 2022-2023 Learning and Media Lab Fellows:

Henry Auxenfans, 15, from Chicago, Il (violin)

Louis Auxenfans, 17, from Chicago, Il (clarinet)

Alba Gilabert-Reid, 14, from Quincy, MA (violin)

Masanobu Pires, 11, from Sharon, MA (piano)

Ella Saputra, 18, from Schaumburg, IL (violin)

Izabella Tu, 17, from Las Vegas, NV (harp)

Xavier Ip, 17, from Watertown, MA

Jacob Lewis, 16, from Newton, MA (violin)

Ezra Lewis, 11, from Newton, MA (piano)

Elisa Plano, 16, from Mendon, MA (piano)

Katrina Franco, 18, from San Francisco, CA (soprano)

Jane Story, 16, from Stevens Point, WI (violin) **

Aleo Esparza, 18 from Chicago, IL (percussion) **

Matthew Hahn, 15, from Lake Forest, IL (piano)

Olivia Owens, 16, from Orem, UT  (Virtuosi Trio) (violin)

Vladimir Tsiper, 15, from Eagan, MN (violin)

Kyle Ryu, 16, from Burke, VA (cello) **

Rishab Jain, 16, from Clarksville, MD (percussion)

Emma-Grace Kim, 13, from Herndon, VA (violin)

August Baik, 17, from Seattle, WA (piano)

Ayaan Ahmad, 16, from Sharon, MA (violin)

Elisa Johnson, 18, from Seattle, WA (composer)

Qing Ng, 18, from Madison, WI (violin) **

Harry Jo, 15, from Pleasonton, CA (saxophone)

Alex Chen, 17, from St Louis, MO (piano)

Xinran Shi, 13, from San Jose, CA (piano)

Sara Flexer, 14, from Palo Alto, CA (cello)

Neal Eisfeldt, 13, from Lake Zurich, IL (violin)

Raghav Ramgopal, 16, from Los Altos Hills, CA (baritone)

Jack Davisson, 17, from Palo Alto, CA (guitar)

Eiline Tai,14 from Irvine, CA (cello)

Erre Maqueos, 15, from Los Angeles, CA (trumpet)

Kayden Kelly, 15, from Santa Fe, NM (piano)

Olive Trio: Anais Feller, 17, violin, Mira Kardan, 16, cello, Daniel Wang, 17, piano from Los Angeles, CA

Yejoon Kwon, 16, from Los Angeles, CA (violin)

Tristen Chen,14, from San Jose, CA (piano)

Joshua Thrush,16, from Vienna, VA (double bass)

Adam Mandela Walden, 26, from Boston, MA and Los Angeles, CA (cello)

Grace Novacheck,16, from Westlake, TX (piano)

William Gannon,17, from Mendota Heights, MN (piano)

Danielle Yoon, 17, from Frisco, TX (cello)

Carrera Stamile, 16, from Roebuck, SC (mandolin) **

Julin Cheung, 16 from Philadelphia, PA (flute)

Nathaniel Zhang, 15, from Folsum, CA (flute)

Kei Obata, 17, from Andover, MA (violin)

Santiago Del Curto, 15, from Long Island City, NY (clarinet)

Yuri Lee, 18, from Tuckahoe, NY (composer)

Dexter Doris, 18, from Hartsdale, NY (violin)

Jordan Manasse, 16, from New York, NY (piano)

Iris Hur, 16, from Paramus, NJ (viola) **

Celine Chen,19, from Valencia, CA (piano)

Blues Zhang,18, from Hong Kong and Los Angeles, CA (violin)

Brady Davis,16, from Las Vegas, NV (guitar) **

Erica Wang, 17, from San Diego, CA (flute)

Plexus Quartet: Aayan Patel (Soprano Sax), 16, from The Colony, Texas; Luke Sharp (Alto Sax), 16, from Lewisville, Texas; Daniel Kim (Tenor Sax), 17, from Carrollton, Texas; and Nigel Duplessis (Baritone Sax)

Andrew Sijie Li, 15, from Boston, MA (piano)

Christopher Tillen, 18, from Weston, MA (piano)

Amelia Reines, 18, from Pittsburgh, PA (soprano) **

Dániel Hodos, 18, from Budapest, Hungary and Los Angeles, CA (violin) **

Ashley Chiang, 16, from Tapei, Taiwan and New York, NY **

Anh Ho, 16, from Lawrenceville, GA (percussion) **

Sage Mae Lima-Jeffries, 17, from Atlanta, GA (cello)

Sasha Tarassenko, 17, from Norcross, GA (flute)

Matteo Herane, Alexander Beaty, Destiny Sutton, and Neilah Bell (Atlanta Music Project Senior Youth Choir)

Jahiem James, 18, from Winter Haven, FL (Euphonium) **

Veronica Pavlovic, 18, from Seattle, WA (clarinet) **

Katelyn Nguyen, 16, from Portland, OR (bassoon) **

Carter Medina, 17, from Lee’s Summit, MO (cello)

Jamie Park, 18, from Beachwood, OH (double bass)

Joshua Song, 17, from Northvale, NJ (violin) **

Lili Masoudi, 16, from Cranford, NJ (composer)

Kaz Hudson, 17, from Centennial, CO (guitar) **

Edwin Osorio,17, from Ecorse, MI (trombone) **

Eleanor Ha, 18, from Upper Saddle River, NJ (bassoon)

Joaquín Chávez, 18, from Interlochen, MI (clarinet) **

Eric Zhang, 17, from Bedford, MA(piano)

Isabelle Bruening, 18, from Newark, DE (piano) **

Miles Levine, 16, from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (cello)

Madelyn Zoller, 18, from Hamilton, OH (flute) **

**Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists


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