July 01, 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 Young Musicians and Artists


Amaya Smole

July 18, 2015

On Deck with Amaya Smole

Amaya Smole is a 15-year old violinist who was the runner-up in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s concerto competition.  As such, she got to play Saint-Saens’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” with the MYS Concert Orchestra this Spring. In this episode, we’ll learn about Amaya’s love of music; about the butchery class she took this year; and about what… More

Renee & Randy Zhang

June 27, 2015

On Deck with Renee & Randy Zhang

This week we’re “On Deck” with siblings: 16-year old violinist Renee Zhang and her 14-year old viola-playing brother, Randy Zhang.  Both are in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and both have recently won concerto competitions.  In fact, *both* won spots in the Jewish Community Orchestra’s young artist showcase this year, and we’ll hear excerpts of their performances in… More

Lucas Abrahamsen

June 20, 2015

On Deck with Lucas Abrahamsen

“On Deck” Host Christa Wessel met 16-year old Lucas Abrahamsen at a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.  Lucas was selling raffle tickets and marched right up to her and confidently convinced her to buy one.  This young percussionist has an enthusiasm for music that makes him stand out. Tune in to hear Lucas talk about… More

Ethos summer camps

June 6, 2015

On Deck at Ethos Summer Camps

Year-round, Ethos Music Center provides low-cost music lessons to young students. In the summer they also provide day camps. Kids can enroll in these week-long sessions to learn guitar, drums, piano and even hip-hop. In this episode of “On Deck” we visits the strings camp and learn that even absolute beginners are encouraged to attend.

Ellie Phillips

May 9, 2015

On Deck with Ellie Phillips

Enjoy this chat with 16-year old viola player and composer Ellie Phillips. She’s a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, but also participated this Spring in Fear No Music’s Young Composer’s Project. Robert McBride –an occasional composer himself– is the guest-host for this episode of “On Deck”. The segment concludes with a performance of Ellie’s… More

Northwest Band Camps

May 2, 2015

On Deck at Northwest Band Camps

This week we head to the Oregon Coast to visit Northwest Band Camps. Founded 45 years ago, the mission of this summer program is to keep kids playing their instruments through middle, high school, college and beyond. Northwest Band Camps offers two week-long sessions each summer.  The camp is designed for kids entering 7th through… More

Spencer Schaffer

April 25, 2015

On Deck with Spencer Schaffer

Spencer Schaffer is a 17-year old trombonist who LOVES classical music. He listens to All Classical Portland all the time, and he plays his trombone at every opportunity: at school, in small ensembles, with the Portland Youth Philharmonic. In fact, he plays *so much* that he has developed tendonitis, which makes it hard for him… More

John Fawcett

April 4, 2015

On Deck with John Fawcett

In this episode we meet the sixth and final young artist participating in Tuesday’s MetroArts concert. 14-year old John Fawcett lives in Bend, but takes violin lessons in Eugene, and has for the last few months been traveling to Portland for coachings with MetroArts founder Niel Deponte. His parents are undoubtedly counting the days until… More

Fumika Mizuno

March 28, 2015

On Deck with Fumika Mizuno

We first profiled Fumika in May of 2014, but revisit her story this week as we continue our series of “On Deck” episodes featuring the winners of this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Concert (to be held at the Newmark Theater on April 7).

Annie Zhang

March 21, 2015

On Deck with Annie Zhang

Annie Zhang, at 13 years old, is the youngest member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. She is also the youngest participant in this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Concert. We’ll meet this amazing young cellist in this episode of On Deck with Young Musicians.