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On Deck with Young Musicians

On Deck with Young Musicians – showcasing the incredibly talented young musicians who live and perform in the Pacific Northwest. This weekly interview segment highlights their many accomplishments. Hosted by Christa Wessel, Adam Eccleston, and Raúl Gómez-Rojas, the program reveals a deep appreciation for the value of youthful energy in the world of classical music.

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


Naomi Margolis

September 9, 2023

On Deck with Naomi Margolis

Naomi Margolis is a 16-year old cellist who not only plays in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, but she also -as a freshman- started a chamber orchestra at Lincoln High School.  Raul Gomez-Rojas talks with Naomi about leadership, about being the youngest member of almost every ensemble she’s been a part of, and about how orchestra… More

Eunji Ryu

September 2, 2023

On Deck with Eunji Ryu

Eunji Ryu is a rising senior at Westview High School in Beaverton. She has been playing the cello for almost 10 years and currently plays in the Portland Youth Philharmonic. In 2022 and 2023, she played in Oregon’s All-State High School Ensemble and in 2023, played in the All-Northwest Ensemble. In 2022, she performed at… More

Lilia Niebuhr

July 29, 2023

On Deck with Lilia Niebuhr

Lilia Niebuhr is a 14-year-old multi-instrumentalist, who will start her sophomore year at Westview High School in the fall. Lilia started learning piano when she was only 4, and started flute in 4th grade. Recently, she also picked up the oboe, and within just a few short months, she qualified for the State Solo and… More

Sal Wallin

July 22, 2023

On Deck with Sal Wallin

Sal Wallin is a classical guitarist and composer at Reed College, where he is majoring in music with a focus on composing. He has studied guitar with multiple teachers including Cameron O’Connor, Mario Diaz and John Mery, and additionally studies voice and composition with Emily Lau. He also sings with the Big Mouth Society, a… More

Alexis Zou Hansen Berrett

July 15, 2023

On Deck with Alexis Zou and Hansen Barrett

15-year old Alexis Zou attends Lake Oswego High School and 16-year old Hansen Barrett goes to West Linn High School.  Their piano teacher, Renato Fabbro, suggested that they might both benefit from being in a piano duo together.  They’ve been a duet for just one year, but they’ve already amassed quite a list of accomplishments. … More

Andrew Sickler

July 8, 2023

On Deck with Andrew Sickler

In this episode of On Deck, 17-year-old cellist Andrew Sickler speaks with Raúl Gómez-Rojas about finding the cello at a young age, and how a recent switch in his approach to practicing allowed him to discover a future in music. Andrew is on his way to the University of Oregon for a major concentration in… More

Roberto Moo-Julian

June 17, 2023

On Deck with Roberto Moo-Julian

Roberto Moo-Julian is a rising senior at Roosevelt High School and a trumpeter in the BRAVO Community Orchestra. He started music in the 4th grade in BRAVO Youth Orchestras and has performed at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the capitol building in Salem, the YOLA National Symposium in Los Angeles, and has even made a… More

Keean Balsiger

June 3, 2023

On Deck with Keean Balsiger

Keean Balsiger is an 18-year-old senior at Tualatin HS who plays viola, violin and guitar in classical, jazz and rock ensembles. In this episode of On Deck, Keean chats with Raúl Gómez-Rojas about the similarities and differences between his different instruments and the genres that he enjoys exploring. Over the course of his musical career,… More

Sam Decker

May 27, 2023

On Deck with Sam Decker

Amy Faust chats with singer Sam Decker, a senior at Rex Putnam High School and a member of the Pacific Youth Choir.  Sam is a section leader at PYC and tells us about his approach to mentoring, which largely focuses on bonding and having fun.  Sam will be attending University of Oregon next year as… More

Ryan Jun

May 20, 2023

On Deck with Ryan Jun

In this episode of On Deck, Raul Gomez-Rojas speaks with violinist Ryan Jun, a junior at Mountainside High School. He has been playing the violin for eight years, and currently studies with Carol Sindell. He won the Young Artists Competition and soloed with the Jewish Community Orchestra in 2022, and was chosen as a 2023… More

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