November 27, 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.



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.

Trevor blue

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


February 1, 2014

On Deck with Rachel Graves

This week we begin profiling the eleven young musicians who have won a spot on the 20th annual MetroArts Young Artist Concert (taking place in the Newmark Theater, April 1). Rachel Graves is a 16-year-old violinist who played in the MetroArts concert two years ago, and since then has also played the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Portland Youth Philharmonic.  We'll... More

Nick Arredondo Bass

January 25, 2014

On Deck with Nick Arredondo

Nick is a double-bassist and his story is pretty unusual: he’s only been playing for a few years and he’s already the principal bassist of the Portland Youth Philharmonic.  In fact, he just won the PYP’s concerto competition and will be performing solo with them in May.

chamber camp

January 18, 2014

On Deck at Chamber Music Camp of Portland

Held the first full week of July at the University of Portland, this day and overnight camp offers young musicians the opportunity to be coached in chamber music, chamber orchestra, music, art and dance.  Tune in to find out more about Chamber Music Camp of Portland in this episode of On Deck with Young Musicians.


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.