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
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Additional support comes from Metropolitan Youth Symphony
January 9, 2016
Luke Hartley is a high school senior from Newberg who drives an hour every Sunday to sing with the Pacific Youth Choir. He is also heavily involved in the music program at his school – so much so that he is actually only taking one non-music course this semester. In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll... More
December 19, 2015
Devina Boughton is 17, with a philosopher’s heart and a passion for music that just bubbles out of her. In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll talk with Devina about singing classical music, playing jazz trumpet, and how we can change the world through art.
December 12, 2015
Ian Schipper is a 17-year old singer who lives for music. In his words, “Music provides for me all of the emotions I would ever need to feel.” In this episode of On Deck, Ian tells us about his most important musical moments — which include singing with the Pacific Youth Choir and the Stangeland Family... More
December 5, 2015
Harry Kim is a 17-year old cellist. He performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Oregon Sinfonietta in October – he won that organization’s concerto competition. But that wasn’t the first time Harry has performed as soloist: he played the opening movement of the Dvorak Concerto with the Jewish Community Orchestra in 2014. He has also... More
November 21, 2015
Jordan Strang is a 20-year old pianist who is devoted to music, but he is not currently enrolled in a college or conservatory. Rather, he is choosing to continue his private study with Harold Gray as he continues to develop his individual sound. Jordan won the Oregon Sinfonietta’s Concerto Competition last spring, and in this episode of... More
November 14, 2015
Liam Dubay is a 16-year old cellist, singer and pianist – a very well-rounded musician. Which isn’t a big surprise, given that his mom is a violinist in the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and his dad plays violin in the Oregon Symphony. We’ll learn more about Liam Dubay in this episode of “On Deck.” Here Liam performs... More
October 17, 2015
This week we step inside one of the region’s most well-respected youth ensembles: The Pacific Youth Choir. Led for its entire 13 year history by Mia Hall Miller, PYC is simply a shining example of young people being invigorated by music. Each year the Pacific Youth Choir begins its season by gathering in the woods... More
October 10, 2015
16 year-old cellist Travis Scharer definitely wants to be a professional musician. He’s currently the principal cellist in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and if you meet him you should know that he would rather have a conversation about classical music than anything else. In this episode, he tells Christa about his choice to abandon football... More
September 19, 2015
Sam Rhoton is a 16-year old bassoonist who is deeply in love with classical music. He has also endured a number of surgical procedures for scoliosis and “proximal focal femoral deficiency” – which means he was born with one leg longer than the other. Despite those hardships, he is amazingly cheerful and his enthusiasm for... More
September 12, 2015
14-year old Cathie Youn has two nearly-equal loves in her life: music and her church. In this episode on On Deck we’ll talk to her about both, and she will also tell us why little kids don’t get nervous about performing like older kids do. I surprise Cathie midway through the episode by asking her to... More