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November 27, 2014

Christa Wessel

I love exploring Oregon’s nooks and crannies. Since arriving here in 2007, I’ve fallen particularly hard for the Owyhee desert in the far reaches of Southeast Oregon, the rolling high hills surrounding the Deschutes River, and the magically blue waters of Crater Lake. I love camping and hiking but haven’t yet become the toughened sort of Portlander who trudges out in the rainy season… so instead I spend the winter months sheltered inside our area’s concert halls soaking up local culture.

Another of my favorite hobbies is Divaville (http://divaville.org), a radio show I host on KMHD 89.1. As much as I love celebrating those old jazz vocalists, though, classical music will always be my first love. I had once hoped to be a professional French horn player – I attended Northwestern University with that aspiration, but after I realized how much practicing would be involved I ended up graduating with a degree in Arts Administration instead! I still tootle, though… I play 4th horn for the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra (http://sunnysidesymphony.org).

You can hear Christa weekdays from 9am-1pm, and as the host of On Deck with Young Musicians Saturdays at 5pm.

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