April 26, 2015

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

Geetha Somayajula

August 2, 2014

On Deck with Geetha Somayajula

Geetha Somayajula just graduated from Westview High School and is headed to USC’s Thornton School of Music in the Fall to pursue choral music. Her musical journey began at the age of 7, though, when she started singing Indian classical music. Meet the ambitious, multi-faceted Geetha Somayajula in this episode of On Deck with Young Musicians. In this segment we’ll hear... More

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July 26, 2014

On Deck with Jimmy Brown

18-year-old Jimmy Brown just graduated from Reynolds High School, and just aged out of the Portland Youth Philharmonic –where he played viola- and the Pacific Youth Choir –where he sang baritone. In this episode of On Deck we’ll talk to Jimmy about what’s next for him: attending the University of Oregon this Fall to study music education. Music in this episode... More


July 5, 2014

On Deck at Bravo Youth Orchestras

Bravo Youth Orchestras is an organization which this year implemented the “El Sistema” method of music education in North Portland. For the past school year, Bravo has been in action at one of the city's poorest elementary schools, and in this episode of "On Deck" we’ll listen in to the progress these young kids have made, and hear how music is... More

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June 28, 2014

On Deck with Maeve Nagel-Frazel

14-year-old violinist Maeve Nagel-Frazel just completed her final year at Sunnyside Environmental School – a "K-through-8" school which requires all graduating 8th graders to write and deliver a speech which explores a topic they care deeply about. Maeve chose to speak about her love of classical music. In this episode we'll hear her read this moving speech. Maeve’s school (Sunnyside Environmental)... More


June 21, 2014

On Deck with Nathan Kim

14-year-old pianist Nathan Kim recently performed solo in Carnegie Hall. We’ll ask him about that experience, and hear the piece he played: Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15. Nathan is very methodical, loves math, and is also really into Sherlock Holmes. You can read more about Nathan at Oregon Music News and The Newberg Graphic.

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June 14, 2014

On Deck with Forrest Palamountain

Forrest is 18, and is just graduating from high school. He will be attending Northwestern University in the fall to double-major in violin and “Mid-East, North African Studies.” Forrest is very interested in politics (which he discusses at length in this episode), and he’s even toying with the idea of a future political career. Music featured in this segment includes “Ashokan Farewell”... More

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May 31, 2014

On Deck with Maia Hoffman

At just 17, Maia Hoffman already has an impressive list of accomplishments to her name: she is co-principal of the viola section in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and this summer she won the honor of attending the prestigious Heifetz International Music Institute. She was also accepted into this summer’s Viola Institute at Interlochen. Over the course of this episode of On... More

Cammie Lee

May 24, 2014

On Deck with Cammie Lee

Cammie Lee is a 13-year-old 8th grader, and is the Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster at MYS. She will be performing Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony on June 7. In this episode of On Deck we'll hear how Cammie deals with the nervousness that accompanies such a big performance, and we'll also hear her talk about the science... More


May 17, 2014

On Deck with Fumika Mizuno

15-year old violinist Fumika Mizuno is one of the co-concertmasters of the Portland Youth Philarmonic, and was also one of this year’s winners of the Vancouver Symphony’s concerto competition. In this episode of On Deck we’ll hear her play Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy” with the Vancouver Symphony, and chat with her about music, tennis and Game of Thrones.

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May 10, 2014

On Deck at Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake

In this episode of On Deck we travel to the far reaches of Northeastern Oregon to visit a summer camp in the woods. [caption id="attachment_12175" align="alignright" width="150"] Carin Miller Packwood, principal bassoonist of the Oregon Symphony, coaches a woodwind quintet[/caption] Woodwinds @ Wallowa Lake brings world-class faculty –-many of whom are members of the Oregon Symphony— to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have... More