September 19, 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.



January 11, 2014

On Deck with Isabel Skau

A senior at David Douglas High School, Isabel is a drum major for her school’s marching band, plays saxophone in the jazz band, and is the principal clarinetist with the Portland Youth Philharmonic.  She was one of the winners in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s young artist competition last Spring, and we'll hear that performance in this episode of On Deck.... More


December 28, 2013

On Deck at PYP’s free bass and percussion lessons

The Portland Youth Philharmonic offers free bass and percussion lessons, taught weekly by members of the Oregon Symphony.  In this episode of On Deck, we'll find out more about this wonderful opportunity for young musicians in our community.


December 21, 2013

On Deck with Ruta Kuzmickas

Ruta is 17 and focused on a career as a professional pianist. We’ll hear her performance last Spring with the MetroArts Orchestra (in which she played Rachmaninov), and chat with her about her favorite movies.

PSE Grace

December 14, 2013

On Deck at Portland Summer Ensembles

This week we’re On Deck at a summer camp that schools young musicians in chamber music. A day-camp for kids aged 9-18, Portland Summer Ensembles boasts a faculty comprised principally of Oregon Symphony members. Though the camp takes place in July, the application deadline is coming up in January.

Kristin Qian headshot

December 7, 2013

On Deck with Kristin Qian

Violinist, pianist, published poet, artist (George W. Bush owns one of her paintings), research scientist, fencer… those are only a few of the words which describe Kristin Qian, a 16-year-old senior who we chat with this week. Tune in to hear Kristin play the piano, as well as a recording of her playing the violin at the 2nd International Violin Competition... More


November 30, 2013

On Deck with Emily Brother

We visit this 16-year-old pianist both in the Newmark Theater (where she played Liszt with the MetroArts Orchestra last Spring) and at a lesson with her piano teacher, Dorothy Fahlman.


November 23, 2013

On Deck with The O’Connor Method

This week we’re On Deck not with a young musician, but rather with a method of learning for young musicians: a new American school of string playing by award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor.  We’ll examine the so-called “O’Connor Method” by chatting with Mark himself about how American song can spur creativity and improvisation in string players.  (A training seminar for the... More


November 16, 2013

On Deck with Byron Fulop Laing

This 16-year-old violinist raises money for his musical education by busking outdoors at the Portland Saturday Market.  He’ll be performing indoors as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony on November 24.


November 9, 2013

On Deck with Blair Shepperd

This 18-year-old bassoonist loves that her instrument is a little different.  She is a little different: in addition to being a dedicated musician, she’s a competitive highland dancer and sews her own costumes for cosplay.  She was chosen to participate this summer in Carnegie Hall’s prestigious National Youth Orchestra.  A fascinating girl, Blair hopes to be a professional bassoonist.


November 2, 2013

On Deck with Hannah Moon

A junior at Lincoln High School, Hannah is both a pianist and violist.  She’ll be playing both instruments in a single Portland Youth Philharmonic concert on November 9: she’s the soloist for the Grieg Piano Concerto, then will join the viola section for the rest of the concert.