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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Additional support comes from Metropolitan Youth Symphony
February 8, 2020
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
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
January 11, 2020
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.
December 21, 2019
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
December 14, 2019
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
November 23, 2019
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
November 2, 2019
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.
October 19, 2019
Abbie Schipper is a 17-year old senior at St. Mary’s Academy. She is a soprano and sings in four different choirs (including three choirs within the Pacific Youth Choir organization). Music is a huge part of her life, and she recently began hearing it more clearly: after experiencing ‘high frequency hearing loss’ for more than… More
October 12, 2019
Eric Acosta-Medina is a 14-year old trombonist who got his start in music through Bravo Youth Orchestras (an organization which provides intensive orchestral instruction to under-served youth in schools throughout Portland). Since then, Eric has gone on to some pretty great things: he was accepted this summer into the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA)… More
September 28, 2019
Daniel Au is an 18-year old “bari-tenor” who is just discovering a passion for opera. He loves performing, and this week “On Deck with Young Musicians,” Daniel tells us about some of his performance failures – and the lessons he has learned from making mistakes.