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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

July 28, 2018

On Deck with Catherine Jacobs and Madeleine Tran

Catherine Jacobs and Madeline Tran are the best of friends. Recent graduates of the University of Portland, they both want to pursue a career in opera. In this episode of “On Deck,” Christa talks with them about the value of their education at UP, as well as their joy of singing, their competitive drive, and what the future holds for them. Madeleine Tran: Catherine… More

July 21, 2018

On Deck with Jake Safirstein

Jake Safirstein is a classical music fanatic. He is a percussionist with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, but he also takes conducting AND composition lessons (with Norman Huynh and Kenji Bunch, respectively). At age 17, he has already had commissions from fEARnoMUSIC and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. This year, he will forego his senior year at Grant High School (Portland, Oregon) to attend the Interlochen… More

July 14, 2018

On Deck with Brendan Brewer

Brendan Brewer is a 16 year old pianist from McMinnville who studies with Michael Allen Harrison, and recently performed in the Ten Grands concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.  As talented a pianist as he is, Brendan is principally interested in pursuing a career as a composer.  We’ll get to know Brendan -and hear… More

June 23, 2018

On Deck with Cameron Massey

17-year old Cameron Massey just completed his junior year at West Linn High School, and he loves to sing.   He is participating in the VoxNW Young Artist Program this summer, and will be performing in their final concert on June 30th. Beyond music, Cameron also has a passion for broadcast journalism.  In this episode of “On Deck,” Christa talks at length with Cameron about his interest in politics,… More

June 16, 2018

On Deck with Lily Mozipo

Lily Mozipo’s parents immigrated from Cameroon. When Lily -who is 17- started singing, she was the first in her family to venture into classical music.  In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll talk with Lily about how proud she is of her Cameroonian heritage, and about how she found a life in music.

June 9, 2018

On Deck with E-Paul Chan

Emmanuel-Paul (“E-Paul”) Chan is an 18-year old flutist who believes that music brings him closer to his God. In his words, “music has allowed me to soar and has taken me to a place where anything is possible.”  He feels strongly that music is a way to bring people together and “share profound communion.”  We’ll… More

May 26, 2018

On Deck with Christopher Yoon

18-year old high school senior Christopher Yoon is a triple-threat:  he plays piano, cello & he sings in his high school choir.  As a pianist, he recently won a spot on next week’s Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concert (June 2nd & 3rd)… but that triumph wasn’t easily won.  We’ll hear Christopher talk about the… More

May 5, 2018

On Deck with Maddy Smith

Maddy Smith  is an 18-year old mezzo-soprano, and a senior at Jesuit High School.  She is one of the winners of a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Debut concert. Maddy wants to pursue a career in music AND human rights; we’ll talk to her about the formative moments which brought her to that… More

April 28, 2018

On Deck with Angie Jiang

Angie Jiang is a 16-year old pianist and one of the 8 winners of a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Debut concert (held May 4th in Trinity Cathedral). In addition to being a driven musician, she is also captain of her swim team, and is deeply invested in the “Mock Trial” team at… More

April 21, 2018

On Deck with Savannah Panah

Savannah Panah is a 21-year old soprano, and a junior at Portland State University.  Though she sings with the PSU Chamber Choir, her principal passion is opera. Savannah is one of the 8 winners of a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Debut concert, and she is currently singing the role of Miss Wordsworth… More