October 25, 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.



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.


December 21, 2013

On Deck with Ruta Kuzmickas

Ruta is 17 and focused on a career as a professional pianist. We’ll hear her performance last Spring with the MetroArts Orchestra (in which she played Rachmaninov), and chat with her about her favorite movies.

PSE Grace

December 14, 2013

On Deck at Portland Summer Ensembles

This week we’re On Deck at a summer camp that schools young musicians in chamber music. A day-camp for kids aged 9-18, Portland Summer Ensembles boasts a faculty comprised principally of Oregon Symphony members. Though the camp takes place in July, the application deadline is coming up in January.

Kristin Qian headshot

December 7, 2013

On Deck with Kristin Qian

Violinist, pianist, published poet, artist (George W. Bush owns one of her paintings), research scientist, fencer… those are only a few of the words which describe Kristin Qian, a 16-year-old senior who we chat with this week. Tune in to hear Kristin play the piano, as well as a recording of her playing the violin at the 2nd International Violin Competition... More


November 30, 2013

On Deck with Emily Brother

We visit this 16-year-old pianist both in the Newmark Theater (where she played Liszt with the MetroArts Orchestra last Spring) and at a lesson with her piano teacher, Dorothy Fahlman.


November 23, 2013

On Deck with The O’Connor Method

This week we’re On Deck not with a young musician, but rather with a method of learning for young musicians: a new American school of string playing by award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor.  We’ll examine the so-called “O’Connor Method” by chatting with Mark himself about how American song can spur creativity and improvisation in string players.  (A training seminar for the... More