Wednesday July 17, 2013
Radio show now accepting applications for live taping in November
July 17, 2013 | CHARLOTTE & DAVIDSON, NC – From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley, the NPR radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians, is seeking local talent for its live show recording on Saturday, November 23, 2013 in the McGee Theatre at Wingate University. This weekly hour-long radio program is heard on WDAV 89.9 FM on Sundays at 5 p.m. as well as on more than 200 other stations nationwide. The Charlotte-area show will be presented by the Batte Fine Arts Center as part of its 2013-14 Season.
Young classical musicians, ages 8 to 18 who have not graduated from high school, may submit
audition entries to appear on From the Top. Solo performers on all instruments, composers and
vocalists, as well as instrumental or vocal ensembles are all welcome. In addition to seeking talent
for its upcoming live concert at Wingate University, the program seeks young musicians for other
concerts that are part of its national tour.
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 to help further 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
Application and scholarship information is available online at www.fromthetop.org. Applications
and recorded auditions are accepted continuously and on a rolling admissions basis. Audition tapes
for the Wingate show should be submitted as soon as possible.
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.