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All Classical Portland is thrilled to announce that Raúl Gómez-Rojas, best known as the passionate, talented, and dedicated Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, will join the station’s on-air team as a contributing host of On Deck with Young Musicians.

In 2018 Christa Wessel, suggested having contributing hosts and producers for On Deck. The station has been searching ever since for the perfect candidates. Christa shared: “Through On Deck All Classical Portland has celebrated hundreds of young musicians in our community… I have been dreaming about how the show could evolve with the addition of new voices, producers, and perspectives. I’m excited to work with Raúl!

At the start of the global health crisis in March 2020, Raúl Gómez-Rojas created an innovative program called Virtual Hangouts, to continue engaging with and educating the youth of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. All Classical Portland immediately took note of Raúl’s special ability to connect with guests, and with the young musicians often participating and virtually chatting throughout each program in Spanish and English.

All Classical Portland has been a permanent presence in my life since I moved to Oregon in 2016. Their excellent programming and the great people behind the music kept me coming back, daily, as a listener. I am honored to join this creative, dynamic, and passionate team to continue expanding access to the music that we all love, and to celebrate the vibrant community of young musicians in the Pacific Northwest.” – Raúl Gómez-Rojas

Metropolitan Youth Symphony Executive Director Diana Scoggins shared, “We at MYS are huge fans of On Deck with Young Musicians and have seen firsthand the tremendous impact Christa has on the lives of student interviewees and listeners alike.  I know the enthusiasm, creativity, and experience Raul brings to On Deck will be brilliant, and his vision for music and young people a perfect fit with All Classical Portland.”

About On Deck with Young Musicians
Each Saturday at 5pm, All Classical Portland presents On Deck with Young Musicians, a locally-produced program featuring interviews with youth, and exploring musical opportunities for young people in the Pacific Northwest. Listen to previous episodes of On Deck with Young Musicians.

About Raúl Gómez-Rojas
Raúl Gómez-Rojas is passionate about building community and creating joy through his work as an orchestral conductor, violinist/violist, educator and public speaker. Lauded as a “visionary conductor” (Oregon ArtsWatch), Raúl inspires audiences and artists of all ages and backgrounds to use music as a vehicle for connecting with others. As Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, Oregon, Mr.Gómez “creates concert programs that any forward-looking orchestra should envy” (Willamette Week), and leads a team of 12 conductors serving over 500 students in 14 ensembles.

Read the August 5, 2020 Press Release

Check out this recent MYS Virtual Hangout featuring Suzanne Nance!

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