NPR’s ‘From the Top’ seeks local talent for Clarion show

NPR’s ‘From the Top’ seeks local talent for Clarion show

Tue Sep 22, 2015
  Caroline Goulding and Christopher O'Riley

“From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley,” the hit NPR radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians, is seeking local talent for its live show recording on March 4 at The Clarion at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson.

The weekly, hour-long radio program is heard locally at 6 p.m. Sundays on Classical 91.7, as well as nearly 220 other stations nationwide.

“From the Top” welcomes audition entries from young classical musicians, ages 8 to 18, who have not graduated from high school. Solo performers on all instruments, composers and vocalists, as well as instrumental or vocal ensembles are welcome. In addition to seeking talent for its upcoming live concert at Brazosport College, the program seeks young musicians for other concerts that are part of its national tour on a rolling admissions basis.

“From the Top’s” variety show format features serious musical performances and lively interviews with some of the country’s best pre-collegiate performers. This unique blend of music, talk and humor draws nearly 700,000 listeners. It is an essential part of “From the Top’s” mission to take musicians out of the concert hall and into the community.

In conjunction with every live recording, “From the Top’s” education and outreach programs offer valuable support and resources for young musicians as they prepare for multi-faceted careers in the arts, inspire and build new audiences for classical music, and use their talents to make a difference in the lives of others.

Of the more than 100 musicians chosen to appear on the radio program every year, approximately 20 will receive Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Awards in support of furthering their musical education. These up-to-$10,000 scholarships are given to deserving young classical musicians between the ages of 8-18 who have high levels of artistic achievement, demonstrated financial need, and a solid academic record.

Application and scholarship information is available online at Applications and recorded auditions are accepted continuously and on a rolling admissions basis.

More information about applying for “From the Top” can be found