Worthington’s Audrey Watkins to perform on NPR’s From the Top

Audrey Watkins performing with Christopher O'Riley on From the Top(Photo: From the Top)
Audrey Watkins performing with Christopher O'Riley on From the Top(Photo: From the Top)

Flutist Audrey Watkins joins two other young Central Ohio musicians in performance on From the Top this Sunday.  Beginning when she was 10 years old, the Worthington resident spent several years studying at the Chamber Music Connection in Columbus.  After attending Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan for a couple of summers, she was invited to audition for a spot in the Academy at Interlochen Center for the Arts, which she entered her sophomore year..

Audrey says once you get past the nerves that come with preparing a piece, once you become so comfortable with what you’re playing that you let go and let the music flow. That’s when she said you begin to feel the power of the music and the ability to really affect people with what you play.  It’s at that point she feels the many hours in the practice room and the anxiety that comes during performance preparation is all worth it.

From the Top began in a conversation between Gerald Slavet, a trustee at New England Conservatory, and Jennifer Hurley-Wales, at the time the Acting Director of External Affairs.  Renovations had recently been completed on NEC’s renowned performance space Jordan Hall.  Ms. Hurley-Wales suggested they do an old-fashioned radio show in Jordan Hall.  Mr. Slavet replied he thought it was a great idea, but it should focus on kids.

Five years later, the debut season was launched on 100 public radio stations.  Now, From the Top is heard weekly on 250 stations nationwide, with 700,000 listeners tuning in to hear talented young musicians from across the United States.  

They have also teamed with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to provide scholarships to help young musicians pursue a career in music.  

The foundation in cooperation with From the Top, “chooses approximately 20 exceptional pre-collegiate musicians with financial need for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. In the past six years, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation have awarded more than $1.6 million to deserving young musicians.”

From the Top airs Sunday evenings at 7 pm on Classical 101.

Watch Audrey Watkins perform with cellist Nikita Annenkov and pianist Emily Sproule at Chamber Music Connection in Columbus OH.

Learn more about other local performers that will also be featured on the broadcast.