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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for On Deck comes from our members.
Additional support comes from Metropolitan Youth Symphony
August 1, 2015
Rose Rogers is a cheerful 16-year old bassoonist who placed 2nd in Oregon's State Solo Competition She also plays with the Portland Youth Philharmonic's Conservatory Orchestra. But when it comes to planning for her future career, she's interested in becoming a visual artist. We’ll talk about her aspirations in this episode of On Deck.
July 25, 2015
Wesley Shin is a 16-year old clarinetist. He is very involved in the music program at Lincoln High School (Concert Band, Pep Band, Marching Band) and is also the assistant principal clarinet in the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Additionally, Wesley is a math teacher and is spending the summer as a political intern.
July 18, 2015
Amaya Smole is a 15-year old violinist who was the runner-up in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s concerto competition. As such, she got to play Saint-Saens’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” with the MYS Concert Orchestra this Spring.
In this episode, we’ll learn about Amaya's love of music; about the butchery class she took this year; and about what it’s like to have a dad... More
June 27, 2015
This week we’re “On Deck” with siblings: 16-year old violinist Renee Zhang and her 14-year old viola-playing brother, Randy Zhang. Both are in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and both have recently won concerto competitions. In fact, *both* won spots in the Jewish Community Orchestra’s young artist showcase this year, and we’ll hear excerpts of their performances in this episode
June 20, 2015
"On Deck" Host Christa Wessel met 16-year old Lucas Abrahamsen at a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Lucas was selling raffle tickets and marched right up to her and confidently convinced her to buy one. This young percussionist has an enthusiasm for music that makes him stand out.
Tune in to hear Lucas talk about his love of percussion instruments, and... More
June 6, 2015
Year-round, Ethos Music Center provides low-cost music lessons to young students. In the summer they also provide day camps. Kids can enroll in these week-long sessions to learn guitar, drums, piano and even hip-hop. In this episode of "On Deck" we visits the strings camp and learn that even absolute beginners are encouraged to attend.
May 9, 2015
Enjoy this chat with 16-year old viola player and composer Ellie Phillips. She’s a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, but also participated this Spring in Fear No Music’s Young Composer’s Project.
Robert McBride --an occasional composer himself-- is the guest-host for this episode of “On Deck”.
The segment concludes with a performance of Ellie’s composition --a Rondo for Piano Quartet-- as... More
May 2, 2015
This week we head to the Oregon Coast to visit Northwest Band Camps.
Founded 45 years ago, the mission of this summer program is to keep kids playing their instruments through middle, high school, college and beyond.
Northwest Band Camps offers two week-long sessions each summer. The camp is designed for kids entering 7th through 11th grades, and who have been... More
April 25, 2015
Spencer Schaffer is a 17-year old trombonist who LOVES classical music. He listens to All Classical Portland all the time, and he plays his trombone at every opportunity: at school, in small ensembles, with the Portland Youth Philharmonic. In fact, he plays *so much* that he has developed tendonitis, which makes it hard for him to keep doing what he... More
April 4, 2015
In this episode we meet the sixth and final young artist participating in Tuesday’s MetroArts concert.
14-year old John Fawcett lives in Bend, but takes violin lessons in Eugene, and has for the last few months been traveling to Portland for coachings with MetroArts founder Niel Deponte. His parents are undoubtedly counting the days until John gets his drivers license. :^)... More