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Daily Joy


Music has the unique ability to bring joy to our lives – and our From the Top young musicians are proof of that. From the Top’s “Daily Joy” is a reminder of music’s power to bring us together.

“From the Top’s Daily Joy campaign began in the very early days of quarantine and continues today to offer a much-needed respite from the anxiety and worry that we encounter in the news.

“These daily nuggets of beauty are more than an escape: by highlighting the creativity and passion of young people, these videos offer real hope for the future and remind us that great art is still being made all around the country.  I, for one, can’t wait to see how all of our alums will shape this world into a better place, as compassionate artists and thoughtful citizens.” — Peter Dugan, host of From the Top

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Saxophone Love

Two great Texas saxophone quartets team up for this moving performance.


Kevin Song organized a band of From the Top alums who were all in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO) last summer to virtually perform an excerpt of Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila.

Hilda Huang's Well-Tempered Clavier

Pianist Hilda Huang loves Bach and plays it with such depth and feeling. We just can’t get enough.

Sounds of Hawaii

From the Top alum Joshua Nakazawa is cellist for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and founder of Mana Music Hawaii. He checks in from Hawaii and performs “Kuu Pua i Paokalani” by Queen Lili`uokalani with his colleagues.

From a Distance Quartet

It brings us joy to see these young people finding a way to continue making music together, despite their physical distance. The Kalico Quartet performs Largo from Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, arr. for string quartet.

Tiny Polonaise

10-year old violinist Lira Masuda gives a mighty performance of Polonaise de concert, Op.4 by Henri Wieniawski with Greg Anderson of the acclaimed Anderson and Roe piano duo.

Dumky Trio

The energy and passion behind this performance of Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio and the memory of From the Top’s visit to Key West in January is giving us life today. Thanks to Guest Host/violinist Elena Urioste, Host/pianist Peter Dugan, and 17-year-old cellist Claire Druffner from Dallas, TX for pulling out all the stops for this over the top moment.

Two Marimbas, One Bach Invention

Alums Marcelina Suchocka and John Ringor collaborate on a virtual cross-country marimba rendition of Bach’s Invention No. 4.

Li Brothers: Mozart for Four Hands

Alum/Concert pianist George Li and his brother Andrew perform an excerpt from Mozart’s D Major Sonata for Four Hands.


20-year-old violinist James Poe finds joy in improvising to his favorite pop tunes. For Daily Joy, he shares a sample of “Changes” by Justin Bieber.

Dugan and Yang: Lean on Me

From the Top Host/Pianist Peter Dugan and Co-Host/Creative Charles Yang virtually teamed-up to co-write and perform this arrangement of Bill Wither’s “Lean on Me” in tribute to the late artist.

Lavens' Hidden Falls

Chris and Andrew Laven team up with their parents for a touching tribute to past family vacations in the Grand Tetons in this original composition.

Flight of the Laptop

Alvin Chung leads us on a wild marimba adventure - on his laptop! Watch this version of Flight of the Bumblebee that Rimsky-Korsakov could have never imagined.

Peter Dugan's Marriage of Figaro

What's more joyful than Mozart's Marriage of Figaro? How about a four hands arrangement - played by one pianist! For Day 11 of Daily Joy, our host, Peter Dugan, gets creative and plays this Mozart classic with an unlikely partner at the bench - his doppelgänger!