CENTENNIAL, Colo. – May 31, 2012 –  Colorado Public Radio (CPR) and The Colorado Symphony invite classical musicians ages 8-18 to audition for National Public Radio’s (NPR) hit show, “From the Top.”

“From the Top” with host Christopher O’Riley is a popular NPR radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians. It can be heard on CPR’s statewide network of classical music stations on Sundays at 6 p.m. and on more than 200 other stations nationwide.

CPR hopes to highlight the young talent in Colorado by encouraging local student musicians to audition for the show. Classical musicians, including instrumentalists, vocalists, composers and ensembles who are not yet enrolled full-time in a college or conservatory are invited to audition.

Students who audition may be featured with The Colorado Symphony during a concert broadcast recording of “From the Top” live from Boettcher Concert Hall on Jan. 12, 2013. Applicants also have the opportunity to be included on future “From the Top” programs recorded around the country.  

“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.

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. Scholarships up to $10,000 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.

Qualified students can apply at www.fromthetop.org. Applications and recorded auditions are accepted continuously and on a rolling admissions basis.

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides 24-hour, in-depth news and music to about 460,000 listeners each week (Source: Arbitron, 2011). More than 90 percent of CPR's funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses and foundations.

News: Denver 90.1 FM, Boulder 1490 AM, Pueblo 1230 AM, Vail 89.9 FM, Grand Junction 89.5 FM, Montrose / Craig / Parachute 88.3 FM, Gunnison 88.5 FM, Ouray 91.5 FM, Meeker / Rangely 91.1 FM, and online at www.cpr.org.

Classical Music: Denver 88.1 FM, Boulder 99.9 FM, Pueblo 91.9 FM, Colorado Springs 94.7 FM, Glenwood Springs 90.5 FM, Aspen 101.5 FM, Western Slope 103.3 FM, Dove Creek 88.7 FM, Gunnison 89.1 FM, Cortez 102.5 FM, Crystal River Valley / Old Snowmass 93.9 FM, Thomasville 93.7 FM, and online at www.cpr.org.

OpenAir: Denver 1340 AM. Online at www.openaircpr.org

ABOUT FROM THE TOP
For the past decade, From the Top has been the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians. Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, and education programs, From the Top shares the stories and performances of pre-collegiate musicians with millions each week. Each program provides a compelling and entertaining window into the world of a diverse group of young people, who pursue life with passion, determination, and joy. From the Top’s 2011-12 National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

From the Top’s training and mentorship programs prepare young musicians to connect with new audiences, serve as positive peer role models, and give back to their communities in many ways. 

Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.