Evelyne Knight knows what it’s like to count lots of rests. She also knows that being an orchestral percussionist is A LOT more complex (and fun!) than most people think. In this episode of “On Deck,” Raúl Gómez-Rojas chats with Evelyne, who is 17 years old and a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, where she has been principal percussionist since 2019. Also a talented pianist, Evelyne was awarded the Grand Piano Scholarship from the Piano Santa Foundation in fall of 2020.
In addition to her role at PYP, Evelyne loves to make music with her friends at Wilsonville High School, from pep band to pit orchestra. When she is not playing music, Evelyne enjoys baking fresh bread, going camping with her family, and tending to her house plants.