Youth Expression Showcase

Our weekly radio program invites students in Grades K-12 to perform live on the air. Hear young musicians, singer/songwriters, photographers, writers, poets and other people who express themselves through the arts.

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Partnering to Remake Learning Across America

May 17, 2018 – 8:27 pm | 25 views
IMG_6065 As part of Remake Learning Days 2018 in Pittsburgh, community leaders from across the country visited the studios of SLB Radio Productions, Inc., to learn about its groundbreaking work with youth and sefl-expression. They also took time to share their thoughts about the meaning of community as well as the opportunities and dreams they have for their regions. Listen to these insights from our kindred spirits in Kentucky, eastern Pennsylvania, Chattanooga, San Francisco, Chicago and North Carolina.

Youth Express: Hope Academy Musicians

May 12, 2018 – 10:35 am | 48 views
IMG_5999 From 05/12/2018: Hope Academy musicians Silas Perry (11, Environmental Charter School), Brianna Caldwell (14, Propel Pitcairn), Katherine Oakley (12, St. Bede), Kyle Moreira (11, O'Hara Elementary), Sebastian Wilburn (10, Sacred Heart), Mateo Wilburn (12, Pittsburgh CAPA), and Jason (12, Shadyside Academy) under the guidance of Ben Barson.

Youth Express: Big Brother, Big Sister of the Month

May 12, 2018 – 10:05 am | 14 views
IMG_5994 From 05/12/2018: Big Sister Alexa Catanzarite and Little Sister Chelly (13, Pittsburgh Classical Academy) sharing their relationship as forged by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh along with BBBS staff member Kristine Pace.

In Studio Pop-Up: F.I.N.E. Art, Merav Kamel

May 12, 2018 – 9:35 am | 22 views
IMG_5989 From 05/12/2018: F.I.N.E. art educator and Israel-based scholar Merav Kamel on her upcoming workshop at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh along with Zena Ruiz, 5/17 (1 to 3 pm).

In Studio Pop-Up: Ben Opie

May 12, 2018 – 8:35 am | 41 views
IMG_5984 From 05/12/2018: Pittsburgh musician Ben Opie demonstrating the theremin in advance of his performance at the Carnegie Science Center screening of The Day the Earth Stood Still, 5/20 (3 pm)

Youth Express: Chordis Quartet

May 5, 2018 – 10:20 am | 10 views
IMG_5972 From 05/05/2018: From Youth Chamber Connection, the Chordis Quartet featuring Chad Slater (violin, 12th grade, Mt. Lebanon) and Maighraid (cello, 10th grade, Highland Park) along with Mei Hommes (violin, 9th grade, Forest Hills) and Felix Veser (viola, 10th grade, Fox Chapel).

Youth Express: Center for Young Musicians, Guitarists

May 5, 2018 – 10:05 am | 52 views
IMG_5965 From 05/05/2018: Center for Young Musician guitarists Ayan Ganesh (8) and Nico Clavijo (10) from Winchester Thurston School, Libby Laman (7) and Josh Laman (9) from Shadyside Academy and Shu Nakajima (7, Franklin Elementary) along with instructor Erich Riebe.

Youth Express: Pittsburgh Promise Scholars

April 28, 2018 – 10:35 am | 42 views
DSC_0011 From 04/28/2018: Pittsburgh Promise scholars Calvin Ecker (18, Carrick), Jeff Martin (18), Sarah Jackson (17) and Austin Taylor (18) from Allderdice, Bridgette O’Neill (18) and Rebecca Richardson (18) from Brashear, and Isabella Victoria (17, CAPA).

Youth Express: Mercurial Quintet

April 28, 2018 – 10:05 am | 37 views
DSC_0006 From 04/28/2018: Youth Chamber Connections, the Mercurial Quintet featuring Zach Lakkis (violin, 11th grade), Felix Veser (viola, 10th grade) and Noah Hertzman (cello, 10th grade), Charlie Burton (violin, 10th grade) and Rowan Belt (piano, 10th grade)

Youth Express: Lincoln Park Performing Arts, Big Fish

April 21, 2018 – 10:40 am | 64 views
IMG_5847 From 04/21/2018: Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School students Matthew Fedorek (11th grade), Jordyn Walker (12th grade), and Nic Hermick (12th grade) preview their upcoming production of Big Fish at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Fridays through Sundays, 4/20 to 5/6