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NPR Program From the Top Seeks Young Classical Musicians for Houston Recording

From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley, the hit NPR radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians, is coming to Houston in May and is looking for local talent for the show, which will be recorded at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston. 

From the Top welcomes audition entries from young classical musicians, ages 8 to 18, who have not yet 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 in Houston 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 loyal listeners each week. After every live concert recording, performers are invited to share their music, experiences, and related passions with their peers in schools and/or a variety of community settings through From the Top’s Arts Leadership program.

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.

Audition applications and scholarship information are available online at www.fromthetop.org . Applications and recorded auditions are accepted continuously and on a rolling admissions basis.

And don’t forget to tune in to From the Top, Sundays at 6PM on Classical 91.7!

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