Thanks to each of you, From the Top reached great success during our 2022–23 season!
• We released our first episode that celebrated disabled and neurodivergent young musicians in March, an initiative led by alum Julia LaGrand and spotlighted by The Boston Globe!
• Our young musicians were mentored by world-renowned leaders and artists, including Emanuel Ax, Deborah Borda, and Itzhak Perlman.
• Our fellowship program facilitated vulnerable conversations about artist life. Our young musicians explored raw topics from failure to discrimination to staying inspired.
• For the first time since March 2020, groups of young musicians gathered in person to network, learn, and perform.
Your support helped us nurture and amplify the voices of our young musicians. Thank you for joining us in our mission.
From the Top empowers and celebrates young musicians. We envision a more empathetic and connected society through their contributions.
From the Top is:
Bringing young musicians together to explore career development, content creation, and community engagement
Celebrating young musicians through From the Top’s NPR broadcast/podcast and social media platforms
From the Top Invests in What Young Musicians Need
The Learning and Media Lab Fellowship brought young musicians together in online learning sessions focused on community engagement, artist life, and content creation/recording.
Fellows had intimate sessions with guest artists, including Davóne Tines, Emi Ferguson, Jazmín Morales, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Michael Thurber, Kevin Olusola, Adrian Anantawan, and Nathalie Joachim.
Cumulative Hours in Learning and Community Engagement
Guest Artist Talks
Special Event: Inside the Career of an Iconic Arts Leader
In March 2023, more than 150 From the Top alumni and local music students gathered at Lincoln Center in New York to learn from the iconic career of arts leader Deborah Borda. Pianist Emanuel Ax led Deborah through a conversation highlighting her training as a violist and how she found her calling leading America’s largest orchestras. Young musicians and alumni reconnected and made new connections during a reception that followed the program.
Broadcast & Digital Thrive on Storytelling & Performance
From the Top produced 18 new episodes in the 2022-2023 season, bringing young musicians together in studios from Chicago to Boston, New York to Atlanta, and Los Angeles.
Co-hosts Orli Shaham, Alex Laing, Charles Yang, and Deborah Borda joined host Peter Dugan in conversation and musical collaboration with young musicians.
“We’ve been leaning more and more into the idea of being youth-driven — even youth-led — giving space for young people to tell their stories the way they want to tell them.”
HOST PETER DUGAN TO THE BOSTON GLOBE
We worked closely with our young musicians to co-create content for From the Top’s digital platforms, including Daily Joy videos, Instagram takeovers, and video reels.
Could there be a better anthem for Daily Joy than this moving performance of Joy Comin’ by the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir?
Minutes of Programming
Young Musicians Featured
Daily Joy Videos
People Reached on Social Media
ATLANTA MUSIC PROJECT RESIDENCY
Atlanta Music Project hosted a weekend of From the Top activity in May, including an open rehearsal and a studio recording of the radio show, featuring a line-up of young musicians from Greater Atlanta.
“We can’t thank you enough for bringing us the opportunity to host From the Top,” said Dantes Rameau, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Music Project. “On top of that, to have our students perform and interview for the episode is just incredible. This is a historic moment in the life of the organization!”
Special Initiative Celebrates Musicians with Disabilities
In Spring 2023, we spotlighted young disabled and/or neurodivergent musicians.
Led by From the Top alum Julia LaGrand, the first blind soloist to appear on the program, this special initiative was devoted to increasing inclusivity and transparency for disabled artists and included:
• Special broadcast featuring an interview with special guest Itzhak Perlman. Listen here.
• Disability & Classical Music Today virtual panel with the Kennedy Center’s Office of Accessibility and VSA. Watch here.
• 38 pieces of media coverage, reaching 7 million people, including a special feature in The Boston Globe.
• Daily Joy and social media content. Watch Grace Novacheck’s incredible Daily Joy performance.
JULIA LAGRAND, ARTS LEADER IN ACTION
In 2021, From the Top featured Julia LaGrand, a 16-year-old violinist who spoke candidly about being a musician who is blind.
She approached us with a bold vision of advocating for musicians like her, becoming the co-host and content advisor for the Musicians with Disability initiative.
“Disability is a part of humanity in a deep and complicated way. One of the reasons I’m so grateful to From the Top and excited about this project, is that they have dived into learning about and representing that complexity”
JULIA LAGRAND TO THE BOSTON GLOBE
Awards for Musicians with Financial Need
Since 2005, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation have provided more than $3.8 million to deserving young musicians with financial need, changing hundreds of lives for the better.
In 2022, we successfully raised more than $200,000 to establish the Tim Banker Scholarship for Young Musicians, which will expand our ability to support more young musicians in the future.
Award Recipients in 2022-2023
All Time Award Recipients
Awarded this Fiscal Year
Awarded Since Onset
Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Edwin Osorio
Trombonist Edwin Osorio, 17, used his funding to travel from Ecorse, Michigan, to Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked with S.E. Shires, a leading custom brass instrument company, to purchase a new trombone that will carry him through college and into the professional field.
Financials & Support
From the Top’s revenue last year was $2,298,753. Expenses were $2,234,941. We received generous individual, foundation and government support and are very grateful.
The Alphadyne Foundation • The Edward T. Cone Foundation • Florek & Morgan • iZotope • Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism • Robert Treat Paine Association • Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation • The Sea Breeze Foundation • Senior Helpers • The Volgenau Foundation • WilmerHale
Board of Directors
Elizabeth Sikorovsky, Chair
John L. Pattillo, Vice Chair & Treasurer
Gabriel Campos Zamora
Soo Youn Lee
Kathleen van Bergen
Francis O. Hunnewell, Founding Chair
Jeffrey F. Rayport
Board of Advisors
Phillip T. Griffin
Linda D. Millard