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Mission Statement

From the Top is an independent non-profit organization that celebrates the passion, dedication, and personal stories of the nation's outstanding young classical musicians. Through entertaining radio and television broadcasts, online media, and a national tour of live events and outreach programs, these performers inspire the pursuit of excellence and encourage participation in the arts as an integral part of a vibrant and civil society.

From the Top's training and mentorship programs prepare young musicians to serve as positive peer role models, connect with new audiences, and give back to their communities in many ways.


RADIO:From the Top is a weekly, hour-long radio showcase of America's top young classical musicians hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley. Distributed by NPR to nearly 250 stations nationwide, From the Top reaches more than 700,000 loyal listeners each week, ranking it among the top programs on public radio along with long-term notables Car Talk and A Prairie Home Companion. Listen to the radio show.

TELEVISION:From the Top at Carnegie Hall, the Emmy-nominated PBS series produced by From the Top, WGBH Boston and Don Mischer Productions, in partnership with Carnegie Hall, provides an intimate look into the lives of young musicians and captures the excitement of their Carnegie Hall performances, both on stage and off. Watch the television show.

LIVE EVENTS: From the Top records its radio and television programs in front of live audiences at its home concert hall New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Carnegie Hall, and up to 20 communities across the country each year. See From the Top live.

EDUCATION: From the Top's education and community outreach programs bring classical music and From the Top performers into classrooms, youth organizations, and arts programs across the country. The goals: to inspire the pursuit of excellence in children of all ages, engage From the Top performers in sharing their gifts, and thrill young audiences with the joy of music making. These programs include collaborations with Young Audiences, Inc., Macmillan/MacGraw Hill Publishers, and the Wallace Foundation. Learn more.

JACK KENT COOKE YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS: From the Top collaborates with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to award $10,000 scholarships to 25 deserving young artists annually so they can make the most of their abundant talent and seize opportunities to play at their best. Learn more.



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