Each Saturday at 5 All Classical Portland celebrates what’s next in our community, with profiles of young musicians and explorations of musical opportunities for young people in the northwest.
If you know of a young musician who should be profiled On Deck, email Christa Wessel at email@example.com
June 10, 2017
Robert McBride guest hosts this episode of “On Deck”: he talks with two of the teenagers participating in Fear No Music’s Young Composer Project: Katie Palka and Henry Talbott. Katie’s composition (“Ballad of the Time Guardian”) is inspired by Big Stump: a 2000 year old redwood tree stump in Waldport, Oregon. Henry’s composition (“Space Opera… More
May 20, 2017
In this episode of “On Deck” we go inside the Orpheus Academy, a two-week summer music program for high school- and college-aged musicians. Rehearsals and concerts occur in downtown Portland; the Orpheus Academy offers young musicians the chance to perform challenging repertoire in a professional setting within a small, chamber-style orchestra.
May 6, 2017
Pianist Joshua Ji is the youngest of the nine winners of a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artists Debut concert. A seventh-grader, Joshua is just 12-years old! In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll learn about Joshua’s busy life, and how he schedules his time in order to be efficient and productive.
April 29, 2017
Aishani Saha is a soprano and a junior at Westview High School. She learned Indian classical singing at a young age, then fell in love with musical theater… but last year she won a role in Portland Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and that changed everything. Aishani is now studying classical voice, and… More
April 22, 2017
Aaron Greene is a 15-year old high school sophomore who plays violin with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and has won a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artists Debut concert (May 9th at Lincoln Hall). In this episode of “On Deck,” Aaron talks about a recent transformative moment with PYP, as well as a funny… More
April 15, 2017
Natalie Tan is a 15-year old pianist and high school freshman who has won several competitions recently, including a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artists Debut concert. Interestingly, though, she insists she isn’t very talented, which sparked a fascinating conversation about talent, practice and determination. You can hear more from Natalie on her YouTube channel…. More
April 8, 2017
Fumika Mizuno is an 18-year old violinist and high school senior who has won a spot on the MetroArts Young Artists Debut concert for the second time. We last talked with Fumika during her freshman year; in this episode we’ll see what has changed in her life since then. Here’s a video of Fumika -and… More
April 1, 2017
Rebecca Yakos was one of the very first young musicians Christa ever featured “On Deck”; they originally chatted –on episode #4 of the show– back in the fall of 2013. Now that Rebecca has won a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artists Debut concert (her second win, by the way – she also appeared on… More
March 25, 2017
If Tara’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because she was interviewed less than a year ago when she came to Christa’s attention as a member of the Pacific Youth Choir. Tara has now, though, won a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Debut concert, which means we have the opportunity to catch up with her… More
March 18, 2017
15-year old high school sophomore Jenny Yu is a pianist, a violinist, and a four-time national medalist in ice-dancing. Jenny actually started playing piano in order to add musicality to her skating. Jenny is the second in a series of nine profiles on the winners of this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Debut concert. Below are… More