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Classical music has been the focus of my work and passion since I was given the opportunity to study cello at a young age through a free arts education program in northern California. Having experienced the transformational power of the arts in my own life, I’ve dedicated my career to providing the same for others.

When not working, I’m wandering through thrift stores, listening to classic hip hop, grabbing a bite at the food carts and spending time with my family.

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Vote for All Classical Portland!

Are you a fan of the music? Cast your vote for All Classical Portland in Willamette Week‘s Best of Portland 2019 Reader’s Poll! MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORY: Best Radio Station All Classical Portland Best Radio Personality Warren Black or Christa Wessel VOTE NOW in the Best of Portland 2019 Readers’ Poll Media & Entertainment category… More

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Saturday Matinee Returns

Saturday Matinee is back!  Host Ed Goldberg has the perfect accompaniment to your Saturday mornings and afternoons, with the best music from the opera house and musical theatre. American music figures prominently in the season opener, but also beautiful arias by Verdi, Rossini, and Mozart.  The very charming Charles Chaplin takes us to see “City… More

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Day Sponsorship on All Classical Portland

Give a day of classical music in honor of your loved ones, family, or friends! When you donate $365 or more we will work with you to schedule your day in which your special message will air. Your message will be read by our hosts four (4) times on your day. $140 Fair Market Value

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APPLY NOW to be a Youth Roving Reporter

Applications are now open for the Youth Roving Reporter 2019/2020 program year! This mentorship is offered to youth ages 15-18 living in Oregon and SW Washington. Application Deadline: 11:59pm Friday, May 31st. How to Apply: Send an email to with “Youth Roving Reporter Application” in the subject line, and include the following information in… More

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Verselandia! 2019

Come celebrate Portland’s creative youth during our eighth annual Verselandia! poetry slam. This city-wide event features students from Parkrose, Roosevelt, Metropolitan Learning Center, Benson, Lincoln, Gresham, Franklin, Madison, Wilson, Jefferson, Grant, and Cleveland high schools competing for poetic glory. Verselandia! is the Grand Slam for the winners from individual school slams hosted by public high… More

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Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival at Newport

The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival at Newport will take place in Newport, Oregon from April 25 – 28. Five orchestras from a variety of Oregon high schools will be in attendance, will perform in two Public Performances, participate in many workshops and clinics led by professional conductors throughout the weekend*. The Youth Symphony Festival… More

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Nominate All Classical Portland in Best of Portland!

Today is the LAST DAY to submit your nominations for Willamette Week‘s Best of Portland 2019! You can help spread the word about this classical music service by nominating All Classical Portland for Best Radio Station and your favorite All Classical Portland Host for Best Radio Personality TODAY! NOMINATE ALL CLASSICAL PORTLAND TODAY The “Best… More

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Classical Up Close

Classical Up Close is proud to present a seventh season of FREE chamber music concerts throughout the Portland Metro area! Organized and performed by musicians of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, this series takes place April 20 – May 5 and includes: full-length evening performances in neighborhood venues special children’s concerts on April 7th and May 5th BLITZ… More

Special Broadcast: Young Artists Debut!

Tune in on Saturday, April 13th at 5pm to hear a special broadcast of the Metro Arts Inc. Young Artists Debut! concert, hosted by Christa Wessel. On Friday, April 5th, the winners of Metro Arts Inc.’s 25th Van Buren Young Artists Debut! Competition performed in concert at First United Methodist Church. Eight breathtaking young classical musicians showcased their talents… More

2018/2019 Youth Roving Reporters

2018/2019 Youth Roving Reporters: Lele Yang, Sunset High School pictured left Connor Barrow pictured top center Cameron Massey, West Linn High School pictured bottom center Raquel Armendariz, Franklin High School pictured right