October 23, 2016


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 christa@allclassical.org




Support for On Deck comes from our members.
Additional support comes from Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Molly Long

July 2, 2016

On Deck with Molly Long

Molly Long is a 15-year old violinist with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony  and a distance runner on the Cleveland High School track team.  We talk with Molly about competition, and what she’s learned from both sports and classical music, in this episode of “On Deck with Young Musicians.”

Cameron Joublin & Sylvan Talavera

June 18, 2016

On Deck with Cameron Joublin & Sylvan Talavera

Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project is dedicated to developing the next generation of composers. YCP gives students the opportunity to composer their own music and work with a professional ensemble in the rehearsing and performance of that piece. In this episode of “On Deck” we meet two (of the 14) teenage participants in this… More

Iris Cohn

June 4, 2016

On Deck with Iris Cohn

For 17-year old singer Iris Cohn, “connection” is a very important word.  She loves singing in choir (both at St. Mary’s Academy and with Pacific Youth Choir) for the connection it provides her with her peers, and she loves connecting with young students at Outdoor School. In return, her abundance of musical friends provided much-needed… More

Portland Summer Percussion Academy

May 7, 2016

On Deck with Portland Summer Percussion Academy

In this episode of “On Deck” we spend a day at the Portland Summer Percussion Academy, a week-long summer camp for teenage percussionists.  The camp takes place at Lewis & Clark College, and provides hands-on clinics with renowned musicians such as Pius Cheung (marimba professor at University of Oregon) and Niel Deponte (principal percussionist of… More

Tara Palazuelos

April 30, 2016

On Deck with Tara Palazuelos

16-year old Tara Palazuelos has been singing for four years. She loves that her instrument is her *self*, and in this episode of “On Deck” we talk about vulnerability and the sense of connection she experiences in her school choir and with the Pacific Youth Choir.

OSU Chamber Music Workshop

April 16, 2016

On Deck at the OSU Chamber Music Workshop

We’ll head down to Corvallis in this episode to learn more about the OSU Chamber Music Workshop, a summer camp for intermediate and advanced young musicians aged 10-23. At this week-long intensive, campers receive coachings from a variety of professional musicians. Many of the coaches have wildly different perspectives on the music; it’s up to the kids to… More

Anna Larson

April 9, 2016

On Deck with Anna Larson

Anna Larson is an 18-year old oboist who recently won the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Concerto Competition; on March 5th she got to perform Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Oboe on the stage of the Schnitzer Concert Hall.  It was her first opportunity to perform with an orchestra, and it has only further fueled her desire to… More

Carlyle Cooney

March 26, 2016

On Deck with Carlyle Cooney

Carlyle Cooney is a 15-year old mezzo-soprano who has been featured “On Deck” before, but a lot has changed in her life.  She is no longer addressed by her nickname (“Carly”) and is no longer living in Portland.  Carlylye is now living on the east coast and is enrolled in the pre-college program at Juilliard…. More

Samuel Zacharia

March 19, 2016

On Deck with Samuel Zacharia

17-year old Samuel Zacharia has been featured “On Deck” before, after he won the Portland Youth Philharmonic‘s concerto competition. Now that he’s won a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artist concert, we’ll check in with him to see what has changed in his life. We’ll also hear Samuel’s recent “Thursdays @ Three” performance in… More

Richard Lu

March 5, 2016

On Deck with Richard Lu

Richard Lu is an 18-year old cellist, and is one of the winners of this year’s MetroArts Young Artist competition.  Two years ago he was featured “On Deck” as a winner of the Oregon Sinfonietta’s Concerto Competition.  In this episode, Christa Wessel chats with him to see what has changed in his life in the… More