“From The Top” Spreads the Chamber Music Fever

FTT with Bass

Chamber music fills the air on Wednesday afternoons as five high school students show eight Dudamel Orchestra musicians the intricacies of working as a small ensemble.  These Arts Leaders are engaged in a year-long intensive arts leadership project organized by

From The Top‘s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL).  These experienced high school musicians have two goals: to impart the skills necessary to our students to create and sustain their own small chamber ensembles and to improve their own teaching skills. This is the second group of Dudamel musicians to spend their Wednesdays learning new repertoire and new ways of making music together.  Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was the piece selected by the students.

Cellists Andrew Laven, a senior at Wayland School and Ju Hyun Lee, a junior at BU Academy have been working with 4th grade double bassist Mark Anthony Cazir and 4th grade cellist Kayleen Guzman.  Violinist Greta Myatieva, a 10th grader from Arlington and Violist Chris Rogers-Beadle a 10th grader from Hingham are working primarily with violinists Joydanze Bobb-Semple (5th grade), Rayne Lipscomb (6th grade), and violists Sam Muzac (4th grade) and Chavez Singletary (6th grade).  Flautist Juree Kim, a junior at the Walnut Hill School is sharing her expertise with 5th graders Ben Lee (flute) and Sofya Gurel (clarinet). Sometimes they work with the high school musician who plays their instrument to work on technical concepts in the music.  Other times they mix up the groupings to work on different musical concepts.  At the end of every session, they come together to rehearse and discuss how they will play the piece.  FTT

From The Top “celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of extraordinary young classical musicians” and is one of the most popular classical music programs on NPR radio. Each one hour episode presents performances along with interviews, sketches and games.  The program is hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley and is taped before live audiences in concert halls from Boston to Honolulu.

From The Top is recording rehearsals, the performance and interviews with our student musicians for a segment of their upcoming radio program.  All of the student participants in this partnership have been invited to attend the Feb. 9th taping of the program at Jordan Hall.