December 10, 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

Sidney Tovey

January 16, 2016

On Deck with Sidney Tovey

Sidney Tovey is a 15-year old violinist who lives in Hermiston, in Eastern Oregon.  Musical opportunities are limited in that small town, so every week her mom drives her three hours (each way!) to play with the Portland Youth Philharmonic.  Hers is a story of remarkable dedication.

Luke Hartley

January 9, 2016

On Deck with Luke Hartley

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

Devina Boughton

December 19, 2015

On Deck with Devina Boughton

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.

Ian Schipper

December 12, 2015

On Deck with Ian Schipper

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

Harry Kim

December 5, 2015

On Deck with Harry Kim

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

Jordan Strang

November 21, 2015

On Deck with Jordan Strang

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

Liam Dubay

November 14, 2015

On Deck with Liam Dubay

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

Pacific Youth Choir

October 17, 2015

On Deck with the Pacific Youth Choir

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

Travis Scharer

October 10, 2015

On Deck with Travis Scharer

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

Sam Rhoton

September 19, 2015

On Deck with Sam Rhoton

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