July 23, 2017

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

September 3, 2016

On Deck with Mikaela Borg

Earlier this summer, Christa Wessel (host of “On Deck”) visited YMA, Young Musicians and Artists –a two-week residential summer music camp— and met a number of remarkable teenage musicians.  This week we’ll get to know16-year old violinist Mikaela Borg, who was the concertmaster at YMA and also one of the winners of the YMA concerto competition…. More

July 30, 2016

On Deck at Bravo Cesar Chavez

For the past several years, Bravo Youth Orchestras has been inspired by the El Sistema movement in Venezuela to put string instruments into the hands of underserved children at Portland’s Rosa Parks Elementary School.  Last Fall, Bravo began a winds program at Cesar Chavez Elementary.  In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll talk with three 5th-graders at… More

July 16, 2016

On Deck with Gemma Tung

Gemma Tung is a 15-year old cellist who has lived in Portland all her life. Until now. Gemma has decided to leave her school, leave the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and move to Connecticut to enroll in boarding school. In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll get to know Gemma, and learn why this change is… More

July 9, 2016

On Deck with Will Benoit

Will Benoit is a 16-year old tenor who has had some profoundly meaningful experiences singing in choirs. (He performs with his school choir, with the Pacific Youth Choir, and has performed with the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy.) Will is interested in pursuing a career as a professional musician… not because how music makes him… More

July 2, 2016

On Deck with Molly Long

Molly Long is a 15-year old violinist with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony  and a distance runner on the Cleveland High School track team.  We talk with Molly about competition, and what she’s learned from both sports and classical music, in this episode of “On Deck with Young Musicians.”

June 18, 2016

On Deck with Cameron Joublin & Sylvan Talavera

Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project is dedicated to developing the next generation of composers. YCP gives students the opportunity to composer their own music and work with a professional ensemble in the rehearsing and performance of that piece. In this episode of “On Deck” we meet two (of the 14) teenage participants in this… More

June 4, 2016

On Deck with Iris Cohn

For 17-year old singer Iris Cohn, “connection” is a very important word.  She loves singing in choir (both at St. Mary’s Academy and with Pacific Youth Choir) for the connection it provides her with her peers, and she loves connecting with young students at Outdoor School. In return, her abundance of musical friends provided much-needed… More

May 7, 2016

On Deck with Portland Summer Percussion Academy

In this episode of “On Deck” we spend a day at the Portland Summer Percussion Academy, a week-long summer camp for teenage percussionists.  The camp takes place at Lewis & Clark College, and provides hands-on clinics with renowned musicians such as Pius Cheung (marimba professor at University of Oregon) and Niel Deponte (principal percussionist of… More

April 30, 2016

On Deck with Tara Palazuelos

16-year old Tara Palazuelos has been singing for four years. She loves that her instrument is her *self*, and in this episode of “On Deck” we talk about vulnerability and the sense of connection she experiences in her school choir and with the Pacific Youth Choir.

April 16, 2016

On Deck at the OSU Chamber Music Workshop

We’ll head down to Corvallis in this episode to learn more about the OSU Chamber Music Workshop, a summer camp for intermediate and advanced young musicians aged 10-23. At this week-long intensive, campers receive coachings from a variety of professional musicians. Many of the coaches have wildly different perspectives on the music; it’s up to the kids to… More