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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Articles in Youth Expression Showcase

New Years Hopes

December 30, 2009 – 4:10 pm | 2,635 views
During the last week of 2009, SLB opened its studios for children to tell us about their hopes for 2010. Hear what they had to say.

Fifth Avenue Strings

December 19, 2009 – 3:14 pm | 3,199 views
young-violinist-will-wachter Fresh from an appearance with the Fifth Avenue Strings at the Governor's Mansion, violin duo Jimmy Cunningham (a fifth grader at Pittsburgh Urban Christian School) and Will Wachter (a seventh grader at Sacred Heart) play holiday selections.

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Youth & Arts

December 12, 2009 – 4:17 pm | 1,595 views
MCGYouth_180px This week we're joined by Pittsburgh Public School students who participated in the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild after-school Apprenticeship Training Program. Students discuss their experiences working with finger puppetry and giant mask making under the guidance of visiting artists Leat Klingman and Beth Nixon.

Pittsburgh Musical Theatre presents A Lyrical Christmas Carol

December 12, 2009 – 3:29 pm | 2,952 views
PittsburghMusicalTheater Pittsburgh Musical Theatre previews A Lyrical Christmas Carol, a "fun and scary" musical version of Dickens' classic tale of redemption. Created in 1991 by Ken and Jane Gargaro, Scrooge continues to delight audiences every year with a wealth of emotion and humor.

Collin Ziegler

December 5, 2009 – 3:46 pm | 1,618 views
sax Our Youth Music Showcase features the talented saxophone player Collin Ziegler, a ninth grade student at Shaler High School.


December 5, 2009 – 3:35 pm | 2,118 views
main Sto-Rox students join us to discuss their participation in BotsIQ, a workforce development program designed to educate young people in the fields of engineering and manufacturing.

Gemini Theatre’s Babes In Toyland

November 28, 2009 – 5:43 pm | 2,108 views
Babes-in-Toyland-Banner-(450x250) The Gemini Theatre produces original, interactive, children's musicals which focus on artistic, cultural and educational themes. We welcome members of the cast of Babes in Toyland as they preview their production of this classic holiday story.

David Weale

November 21, 2009 – 6:14 pm | 3,019 views
classical_guitar_detail_big We're happy to host 15 year-old classical guitarist David Weale back on our program. Trained at the Center For Young Musicians in Wexford, David last performed on our show when he was twelve.

Live music with Tommy Davis

November 7, 2009 – 4:39 pm | 4,078 views
Tommy Davis in SLB studio We're proud to host singer-songwriter Tommy Davis, live in our studios. A recent graduate of Drew University, Tommy is now embarking on a career as a professional musician in Washington, DC.

St. Thomas’ Episcopal School Pipe Band

November 7, 2009 – 4:07 pm | 3,444 views
stthomasschoolpipeband In anticipation of their Balmoral Classic appearance, the award winning St. Thomas' Episcopal School Pipe Band joins us for a live radio performance.This five-time Junior World Champion band electrifies the audience with traditional and contemporary music performed by pipers and drummers, supplemented with keyboard, percussion, fiddle, and guitar.