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.

If you know of a young musician who should be profiled On Deck, email Christa Wessel at christa@allclassical.org

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

Adrian Hsieh

October 23, 2021

On Deck with Adrian Hsieh

Adrian Hsieh, 17, is a junior at Corvallis High School who has been playing cello since the age of four and piano since the age of six. On this episode of On Deck, Adrian speaks with Raúl Gómez-Rojas about being one of the winners of the 2021 Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Concerto Competition by… More

Katie Liu

October 16, 2021

On Deck with Katie Liu

Amy Faust gets to know Katie Liu, who, as a winner of the Cognizart competition, will be performing with members of the Oregon Symphony at the Young Artist Debut Concert on November 19th. A freshman at St. Mary’s Academy and a violinist and pianist with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Katie loves to perform for any… More

Grace Applegate

October 9, 2021

On Deck with Grace Applegate

Grace Applegate, 17, is a high schooler at Sherwood High School who plays piano, clarinet, and sings. On this episode of On Deck, she chats with Raúl Gómez-Rojas on topics ranging from practicing habits to advocacy and life goals. Outside of music, Grace is passionate about philosophy, psychology, art, and activism. She also enjoys reading… More

October 2, 2021

On Deck with Kate Stange

Christa Wessel chats with 16-year old violinist Kate Stange, a junior at Roosevelt High School.  As a youngster, she found her way to the violin after becoming obsessed, as a 4-year old, with a purple toy violin.  Now a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s Concert Orchestra, music has become a huge priority in her life. In… More

Kaisa Amer

September 25, 2021

On Deck with Kaisa Amer

Raúl Gómez-Rojas chats with Kaisa Amer, a 13 year-old eighth grader at Sherwood Middle School. Kaisa was born in Michigan, and before moving to Oregon, she lived with her family in Bangkok, Thailand. Her primary musical interest is percussion, but she has also taken piano lessons and enjoys singing in choir. As a percussionist, Kaisa’s favorite… More

Cyrus Ngan

July 24, 2021

On Deck with Cyrus Ngan

Cyrus Ngan is 15 years old and a rising sophomore at Clackamas High School. He has played piano for as long as he can remember, and started playing cello four years ago. In this episode of “On Deck,” Cyrus speaks with Raúl Gómez-Rojas about his musical pursuits, as well as his passion for competitive swimming… More

July 17, 2021

On Deck with Audrey Opsahl

In this episode of “On Deck,” Amy Faust chats with Audrey Opsahl, a 17 year-old singer with the Pacific Youth Choir and the Cleveland High School Choir. She’s gone from screaming random, original songs as a toddler to singing opera, which she fell in love with after a stint in the children’s chorus for Portland… More

Makenzie Monson

July 10, 2021

On Deck with Makenzie Monson

Makenzie Monson is a 15-year-old vocalist and pianist who deeply cherishes music in her life. In this episode of On Deck, Makenzie chats with Raúl Gómez-Rojas about how performing for others gives her a sense of purpose,  as well as an opportunity to bring hope and joy to her audiences. In addition to singing and… More

On Deck - Liem Friel

July 3, 2021

On Deck with Liem Friel

In this episode of “On Deck,” Christa Wessel chats with 17-year old trombonist Liem Friel, who just finished his junior year at Portland’s Cleveland High School.  In addition to playing with his school band, Liem is a member of both the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Portland Youth Philharmonic. He continued participating in those ensembles… More

Evelyne Knight

June 26, 2021

On Deck with Evelyne Knight

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… More