Now in its 14th year, From the Top celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of America’s best pre-college classical musicians through NPR and PBS broadcasts, live concerts, online media, and education and community partnerships.
At a From the Top live taping in NEC's Jordan Hall, you'll be part of the energy that carries through the radio broadcasts. Bring the family!
Started at NEC
In 1995, shortly after New England Conservatory had undergone an extensive renovation of Jordan Hall, the Board of Trustees and staff were charged to bring more people to more events in this remarkable concert venue.
Jennifer Hurley-Wales, NEC’s then Acting Director of External Affairs, turned to the notoriously can-do personality of NEC Trustee Gerald Slavet for inspiration and assistance. Soon after, standing on a street corner, Jerry and Jennifer had one of those magical moments you see in movies. Jennifer said, "We should do an old-fashioned radio show in Jordan Hall." Jerry said, "Great idea, but it should focus on kids!" They imagined a new radio show that would celebrate young musicians in the way our country celebrates young athletes.
From the Top began taping pilot episodes in 1998 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall with NEC alumnus Christopher O’Riley '81 A.D. as host. From the Top became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly music programs on public radio following its first official broadcast in January 2000.
From the Top today
Now in its 14th season, From the Top has grown from a small upstart with a bold idea to a dynamic and far-reaching multimedia non-profit organization that not only entertains but also inspires millions of people young and old. Its mission is not only to showcase the next generation of amazing talent, but to also promote the pursuit of excellence and encourage participation in the arts in our society.
From the Top continues its close partnership with New England Conservatory, including taping several radio broadcasts each year at Jordan Hall.