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




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

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.

Abbie Schipper

October 19, 2019

On Deck with Abbie Schipper

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

Eric Acosta Medina

October 12, 2019

On Deck with Eric Acosta Medina

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

Daniel Au

September 28, 2019

On Deck with Daniel Au

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.

September 21, 2019

On Deck with Sabastian Alcobendas

Sabastian Alcobendas is a 17-year old senior at Tigard High School who won the 2019 OSAA State Championship title in Solo Tenor Voice. After being bullied in middle school, Sabastian tells us how music -both listening to it and writing it- has helped him come to accept and love himself for who he is.

Kira Wang

July 20, 2019

On Deck with Kira Wang

Cellist Kira Wang is just 14-years old, but is already making a name for herself.  She has won concerto competitions with the Jewish Community Orchestra, the Beaverton Symphony and the Portland Youth Philharmonic.  We’ll learn about what keeps her motivated, as well as some of her other interests, in this episode of “On Deck.”

Erwin Kim

July 13, 2019

On Deck with Erwin Kim

17-year old Erwin Kim just wrapped up his junior year at Central Catholic High School, and is a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony as BOTH a violinist and a French hornist. As if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, Erwin is also a member of his school’s baseball team AND volunteers for a local… More

June 22, 2019

On Deck with Israel Perez

Though 17-year old flutist Israel Perez only recently started taking private lessons, he has already won the Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and was one of 5 finalists nationwide in the US Marine Corps Concerto Competition.  Israel is incredibly self-driven; as one of 9 siblings he the first in his family to go to college. … More

Claire Ku

June 8, 2019

On Deck with Claire Ku

Claire Ku is a 15-year old sophomore at Tualatin High School, and until recently has been studying both piano and ballet.  She made the decision to stop dancing in order to focus more of her attention on the piano.  Then she won a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Debut concert.  We’ll hear a… More