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Interlochen Arts Academy student to appear on NPR’s “From the Top”

Oboist Elizabeth Perez-Hickman received From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and will be featured on the nationally syndicated NPR program during the week of May 31.

Oboist Elizabeth Perez-Hickman in IPR's Studio A

Oboist Elizabeth Perez-Hickman (right) performs with pianist Ya-Ju Chuang.

Interlochen Arts Academy senior Elizabeth Perez-Hickman will be featured on the nationally syndicated NPR program From the Top during the week of May 31.

The most popular weekly one-hour music program on public radio, From the Top features performances by young artists as well as conversations with them about musical pursuits and day-in-the-life musings. Since the show’s inception in 2000, more than 300 students from Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp have been featured.

A second-year student at the Arts Academy from Doral, Florida, Perez-Hickman studies oboe with Dane Philipsen. She will be featured on From the Top’s podcast during the week of May 31, 2021. Perez-Hickman will be interviewed by host Peter Dugan and perform “Dance and Incantation” by William Grant Still (1895-1978). (Her episode can be streamed on From the Top’s website beginning May 31.)

Along with fellow Academy students Maximus Gurath and Daniela Santiago Martinez, Perez-Hickman is a 2021 recipient of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. In addition to performing on From the Top, recipients of the award receive up to $10,000 to help offset the costs of studying classical music at a high level. Each year, From the Top chooses approximately 20 exceptional pre-collegiate musicians ages 8-18 to receive the award. Gurath appeared on From the Top last fall; Santiago Martinez was featured in March.

From the Top’s programs are made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts, a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, partnerships with radio stations nationwide, and contributions from generous individuals.