NPR’s From the Top
March 16 @ 10:00 am
Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts presents NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, March 16 in Newlin Hall. From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on NPR, will come to Danville to record a live radio broadcast. The popular NPR radio program features the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country.
Our classically-trained musicians, ages 8–18, astonish audiences with their skill and talent. Their hard work, dedication, and passion make them role models for their peers (and adults, too!). Yet, when they tell us about their lives outside of music, we are reminded that they are typical kids and teenagers, with normal worries and big dreams. In this winning combination we see a bright future, filled with the joy and hope that music offers to the world.
How to apply: Musicians can submit an application and recording online here. The deadline to apply is December 20, 2016.
Who is eligible: Classical musicians ages 8 to 18 that have not yet graduated from high school. Young performers can audition as soloists (including vocalists), instrumental or vocal ensembles, or composers who have a piece they wish to have performed. Youth orchestras and choirs are also eligible to apply. While the show focuses mostly on classical repertoire, from time to time other genres will be featured, especially if it connects with the heritage of the region in which we are recording.
Scholarship Opportunities: Each year, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award approximately twenty $10,000 scholarships to pre-collegiate classical musicians who appear on the show. Students must demonstrate high levels of artistic achievement as well as financial need to be eligible for the award. Interested applicants apply for the scholarship in tandem with their application to appear on the radio program. More information about the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award can be found here.
Based in Boston, From the Top is an independent non-profit organization that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people – thanks to the charitable gifts made by many individuals and institutions each year. From the Top’s radio program is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts, a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, corporate underwriting from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, and partnerships with radio stations nationwide. From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH.
Founded in Boston in 1995 by Gerald Slavet and Jennifer Hurley-Wales, From the Top originated as a variety-style radio show. More than 20 years later, From the Top has grown into a multi-media and arts education powerhouse, transforming the lives of hundreds of young musicians each year, inspiring millions of fans, and pioneering new ways to unite communities around the promise of great young talent.
Broadcast on more than 200 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly half a million listeners, NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley is the most popular weekly one-hour music program on public radio. From the Top musicians can also be seen in From the Top’s See the Music video series, that brings together young classically-trained musicians with collaborators from multiple artistic genres and disciplines. Distributed on YouTube and social media, See the Music reaches millions of additional fans who do not listen to From the Top’s radio program or attend its live events.
From the Top prepares young musicians to be instruments of positive social change in their communities through intensive leadership training offered by From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL). Both in Boston and on FTT’s national tour, CDAL empowers young musicians to explore their individual leadership pathways while planning and delivering programs to diverse audiences in schools, senior centers, hospitals, and museums.
From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award 20 $10,000 scholarships each year to exceptional young musicians with financial need.
Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.
“Young musicians that will knock your socks off.” NBC’s Today
“From the Top gives young musicians the stage but lets them act their age. It’s serious music but classically kids.” The New York Times
“An entertaining, accessible and often inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits and games, the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives.” The Boston Globe
“From the Top gives promising teenagers the chance to show their musical chops while demonstrating that they’re funny and cool.” The Washington Post
“From the Top is one of contemporary culture’s feel good success stories.” The San Francisco Chronicle
“From the Top couldn’t be more good-natured, charming and relaxed, and in presenting superb young musicians as regular kids, it was pretty inspirational. If this is the future of classical music, I’m all for it.” The Oregonian
“From the Top has made history because it simply presents music as fun.” Buffalo News
“Our family attended your taping. It was really a lot of fun and so inspiring to our children who are very involved in music!” Kristine W, Spokane, WA
“I’m a 66-year old college English professor who hates virtually everything, finds almost everybody boring, most shows awful. But I love everything about your show. It’s wonderful, and I’m so grateful for the pleasure you’ve put into my life.” Alvin S, Philadelphia, PA
“I’m a Monday Night Football fanatic type. Somehow… I recently started listening to 102.1 KDFC and through serendipity heard your show. YOU PEOPLE ARE GREAT. The show is absolutely BRILLIANT!” Dan C, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, March 16
This performance is open to elementary, middle, and high school students. Admission is free but reservations are required. Please contact the Norton Center Box Office for full details and to reserve tickets. 1-877-HIT-SHOW