October 24, 2014

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.


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April 26, 2014

On Deck at MetroArts Kids Camp

We visit another summer camp this weekend: MetroArts Kids Camp, a day camp for kids age 6-12 which teaches creativity through music, dance, theater and visual art. Now in its 22nd year, this camp lets kids experience a daily theme in each of those four disciplines each day. MetroArts Kids Camp offers one- or two-week sessions each summer in downtown Portland's Newmark... More


April 19, 2014

On Deck at YMA: Young Musicians and Artists

On Deck heads to summer camp in this episode, with a visit to YMA: Young Musicians and Artists. For many of the YMA students, faculty and staff, this two-week, residential program is more than just a music camp; it is a way of being that brings them back to the campus of Willamette University summer after summer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I0dkzelLOk&feature=youtu.be

Young Artists

April 1, 2014

MetroArts Inc.’s Young Artist Debut! Concert

Eleven young artists performed with a professional orchestra on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 at Portland's Newmark Theater in the 20th annual MetroArts Inc.Young Artist Debut! concert. You can hear the complete live broadcast in our audio archive. Aveek Ganguly Not only is 14-year-old Aveek Ganguly an exceptionally gifted pianist, but he also has a deep fascination with film music as well. ... More


March 29, 2014

On Deck with Aveek Ganguly

Not only is 14-year-old Aveek Ganguly an exceptionally gifted pianist (he’s performing in the MetroArts concert on April 1), but he also has a deep fascination with film music. In this episode of On Deck we'll visit with Aveek during one of his MetroArts coaching sessions with Maestro Niel DePonte.


March 22, 2014

On Deck with Carly Cooney

You’d never know from her voice that Carly Cooney is the youngest participant in this year’s MetroArts  Young Artist Concert.  She’s 13 years old, but already knows she wants to be a professional opera singer. With a deep love of musical theater, too, Carly is currently playing the role of the carnivorous plant (Audrey II) in “Little Shop of Horrors”, staged... More


March 15, 2014

On Deck with Emma Simmons

She speaks several languages, including the universal one: music. Emma Simmons is a senior at Lincoln High School and has chosen to pursue a career as a violinist. She is also a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic and is a mentor for their Young String Ensemble. She’ll be performing in the upcoming MetroArts concert on April 1st alongside another young artist... More


March 1, 2014

On Deck with Kristina Dill

Violinist Kristina Dill is an 18-year-old junior at Lewis & Clark College, with aspirations toward both chemistry and music. Kristina is another of this year’s MetroArts Young Artist winners; on April 1 she’ll perform Ravel’s Tzigane at the Newmark Theater.

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February 22, 2014

On Deck with Trevor Dunn

Trevor Dunn is a 17-year-old football player who has his eye on music school.  He’s a tenor, and the more he learns about opera, he says, the more driven he is to sing. Trevor is another of the MetroArts Young Artist winners this year; on April 1 he’ll be performing a duet with Becky Yakos, a young artist we profiled On... More


February 15, 2014

On Deck with Lauren Yoon

Meet 14-year-old pianist Lauren Yoon, another of the MetroArts Young Artist winners this year. (Lauren played in this concert 2 years ago, too.) Lauren believes that music is “magic” and hopes to achieve a career in music therapy or music education.


February 8, 2014

On Deck with Valerie Ding

Continuing our look at the winners of this year’s MetroArts Young Artist concert, this week we meet 16-year-old pianist Valerie Ding.  Valerie has actually won a spot on this concert twice before (in 2010 and 2012). As musically brilliant as she is, though, she is every bit as academically brilliant:  out of thousands of global entries, Valerie was one of the... More