Be on "From the Top"

Be on "From the Top"

Applications are being accepted through December 2013

Applications are currently being accepted from area teens, who are Classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 and 18, to perform on From the Top. 

WXXI and the Eastman School of Music are pleased to bring From the Top Rochester on March 19, 2014 and invite young musicians from the Rochester area to apply to be part of the show. Read more about the upcoming event here.

How to Apply:
From the Top’s primary focus is to present music from the western classical tradition. However, they occasionally present music from other non-pop genres including folk music, world music, spirituals, and acoustic or piano jazz.

You are eligible if you:
•    Are between the ages of 8–18 and have not enrolled in a college or conservatory

•    Live in or have a significant training connection to the US 

From the Top features:
•    Solo instrumentalists
•    Vocalists
•    Composers
•    Small ensembles (8 members or fewer) – WXXI recording sessions not available
•    Large ensembles (9 members or more) – WXXI recording sessions not available

Soloists and composers who wish to apply should:

  • Go to to fill out From the Top's Standard Application
  • Applicants are required to pay a $50.00 application fee to From the Top
  • Applicants must upload at least two unedited, unenhanced video or audio samples of their music. *



What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners, From the Top has been described by the Boston Globe as, "an entertaining, accessible, and 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."

Annually, From the Top's live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States. In conjunction with its national tour, the Boston-based non-profit offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.8 million in support for pre-college students since 2005. From the Top launched its Emmy Award winning PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007.

From the Top is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Boston that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people: unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts; trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives; and inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music.

From the Top's radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and corporate underwriting from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations.  From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH. Learn more at