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Public Radio Program Searching for Young North Country Musicians (5/21/03)

From the Top, the weekly public radio program that showcases the classical music performances and stories of exceptional pre-college age musicians, is looking for young artists from across the Adirondack/North Country region, for possible appearance on an upcoming show, to be recorded at the Troy Music Hall in Troy, New York in November.

The hour-long show is heard on North Country Public Radio every Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm. Hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley, each From the Top broadcast presents five young performers or ensembles in concert. Interspersed among the performances are lively interviews and lighthearted musical games. Many of the programs feature famous names from the music world, including Joshua Bell, Mark O'Connor, Richard Stoltzman, Eileen Ivers, Edgar Meyer, and Judy Collins.

Young classical musicians, ages 9 to 18 who have not graduated from high school, are eligible to apply for a From the Top audition. The program welcomes solo performers on all instruments. Instrumental or vocal ensembles with no more than six performers are also welcome. Application packets are available via the program website at They can also be requested via mail or phone as follows: From the Top, 295 Huntington Ave., Ste. 205, Boston, MA 02115; 617-437-0707.

From the Top is produced in association with WGBH/Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, and is distributed nationally by Public Radio International. The program is endorsed by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the Music Educators National Conference, the American Symphony Orchestra League, and the Music Teachers National Association.

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