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January 19, 2019

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




Support for On Deck comes from our members.
Additional support comes from Metropolitan Youth Symphony

January 12, 2019

On Deck with Jesse Nieman

Jesse Nieman is a 15-year old musician (he plays a LOT of instruments) who has lately been focusing his energy on the piano.  And it has paid off: Jesse is one of 8 finalists in the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s piano concerto competition.  (This competition – which is a collaboration between PYP and Portland Piano International… More

January 5, 2019

On Deck with Lilia Biehl

Lilia Biehl is a 16-year old junior at St. Mary’s Academy who has two sides to her musical self:  a singer and a tuba player!  She performs with both the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Pacific Youth Choir.  Though she has been a singer since childhood it took her a while to find the tuba. … More

December 8, 2018

On Deck with Willow Klug

Willow Klug is a senior at Hockinson High School in Brush Prairie, Washington. She plays French horn in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and credits MYS with deepening and expanding her love of classical music. Willow is also practicing saying “yes” to things that push her outside her comfort zone.

December 1, 2018

On Deck with Emmanuel Huang

Emmanuel Huang is a 16-year old high school junior who was born in Ghana, West Africa. Adopted by a music-loving family in Camas, Washington, Emmanuel is now a percussionist with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. You can learn more about Emmanuel’s journey and is deep love of classical music in this episode of “On Deck with Young… More

November 24, 2018

On Deck with Leo Marchyok

Leo Marchyok is a freshman at Cleveland High School, and performs with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. From the moment he first heard the oboe, he was entranced.  He has since come to love music so much he simply cannot imagine his life without it.

November 3, 2018

On Deck with Malini Ganguly

Malini Ganguly is a 17-year soprano whose life has been so enriched by music that she’s advocating for arts education as her platform in the Miss Oregon Teen USA pageant.  She believes education in the arts can help increase comprehension in all subjects, as well as help facilitate a finer education system. In this episode… More

October 13, 2018

On Deck with Matthew Kaminski

Oddly, it was a concussion at the age of 12 that caused Matthew Kaminski to begin composing. After a soccer accident, he found himself light-sensitive, motion-sensitive and he spent most of his time in bed, recovering.  Then his piano teacher brought him an electronic keyboard and he started to create music.  Now 16 years old,… More

Glory Lyatuu

October 6, 2018

On Deck with Glory Lyatuu

Glory Lyatuu is a 16-year old senior at South Salem High School.  Her parents emigrated from Tanzania; Glory herself spent the first 5 years of her life in that African country.  Now Glory a classical organist. In this episode of “On Deck” you can learn more about her unlikely journey. In addition to working as… More

September 29, 2018

On Deck with Esme Peters

Esme Peters is a violinist with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and 17-year old junior at Grant High School. Esme wants to pursue a career in music, but that hasn’t stopped her from learning how to pole vault and work diligently to find the world’s best chocolate chip cookie recipe.

September 8, 2018

On Deck with Kaleb Hall

18-year old Kaleb Hall discovered classical music through ballet. He then began playing clarinet, but it wasn’t until he started singing that he fell deeply in love with the genre. Kaleb and Christa have an interesting conversation this week, ranging from regret and fear, to pride and humility . We’ll also learn why Kaleb wants to pursue… More