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On Deck

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.

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Support for On Deck comes from individual donors.
Additional support comes from Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Anna Hermes

September 5, 2020

On Deck with Anna Hermes

Our newest contributor to “On Deck,” Raul Gomez, speaks with Anna Hermes, an 18-year old soprano and a recent graduate of St. Mary’s Academy. Throughout her high school career, she was a member of Pacific Youth Choir, a songwriting camp counselor with Young Musicians and Artists, a musical theater performer and a passionate advocate for… More

Rhys Phillips

March 7, 2020

On Deck with Rhys Phillips

Rhys Phillips is an 18-year old multi-genre multi-instrumentalist, and a senior at West Linn High School. His principal instrument is the piano, but he also sings and plays the cello, guitar and bass. He loves playing classical, jazz and pop. He deeply loves music, and in intently focused on music as a career:  he is… More

Andrew Schroeder

February 29, 2020

On Deck with Andrew Schroeder

Andrew Schroeder is a very busy 15-year old sophomore at Sam Barlow High School.  He is involved in multiple choirs and bands at school (he plays French horn), and he also sings in multiple ensembles with the Pacific Youth Choir.  Additionally, he works twice a week at a memory care center, playing music for residents… More

Dina Biggs

February 8, 2020

On Deck with Dina Biggs

Dina Biggs is a 14-year old clarinetist, and a freshman at West Linn High School.  Though Dina has only been playing clarinet for 3 years she is already quite good:  she is the only freshman in her school’s Symphonic Band, and she plays first clarinet in the Portland Youth Philharmonic.  Fun fact: her first clarinet… More

February 1, 2020

On Deck with Kaitlyn Brown

Kaitlyn Brown is a 16-year old junior at Tualatin High School, and she plays percussion in many ensembles, both at school at with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.  As a percussionist, she loves having the opportunity to play “weird” instruments (think: brake drum!), but her favorite percussion instrument is tympani, because it makes her feel like… More

Ethan Tseng

January 11, 2020

On Deck with Ethan Tseng

Ethan Tseng is a 15-year old sophomore at Oregon Episcopal School (and cellist with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony) who finds himself equally devoted to both cello and golf.  He has won countless competitions in both.  In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll examine how those two passions complement each other.

Fiona Dubay

December 21, 2019

On Deck with Fiona Dubay

17-year old Fiona Dubay comes from a very musical family.  She herself sings (with two choirs within the Pacific Youth Choir organization) AND plays viola (in two ensembles with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony).  As passionate as she is about music -and music education- she is equally passionate about the environment, and hopes to pursue a… More

AJ Ah-Yek

December 14, 2019

On Deck with AJ Ah-Yek

Born in Samoa, AJ Ah-Yek is now a 17-year old senior at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Washington. In addition to playing in both his high school’s jazz and concert bands, he is also a member of the varsity football team.  That’s a lot to juggle… but on top of it all, he is… More

Jessica Mason

November 23, 2019

On Deck with Jessica Mason

Jessica Mason is a 17-year old senior at Franklin High School who plays a multitude of instruments:  violin, cello, piano, just to name a few… but her favorite is trumpet.  She plays in two ensembles with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and several other community groups as well. There is nothing she’d rather be doing than… More

Amir Avsker

November 2, 2019

On Deck with Amir Avsker

Israeli-born Amir Avsker plays piano, violin & French horn, but he identifies most as a composer. At just 12-years old, this 7th grader already has 63 compositions to his name. In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll learn whose music serves as Amir’s biggest inspiration.