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

Follow On Deck with Young Musicians on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify.



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

Kelson Gipp

March 27, 2021

On Deck with Kelson Gipp

In this installment of “On Deck,” Raúl Gómez-Rojas chats with 18-year-old French horn player Kelson Gipp, a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and his school band at the Ida B. Wells High School in Portland, OR. When he is not practicing horn or exploring his interests related to math and sciences, Kelson is out… More

Avery Hsieh holding a violin

February 27, 2021

On Deck with Avery Hsieh

Avery Hsieh, a Corvallis native, is currently a freshman studying Violin Performance at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. In this episode of “On Deck,” she speaks with Raúl Gómez-Rojas about her passion for the two instruments that she has played since she was little (violin and piano). Avery also shares about the Intermezzo Project,… More

Bella Klucevek

February 20, 2021

On Deck with Bella Klucevek

Amy Faust gets to know Bella Klucevek, a junior at Jesuit High School who sings soprano with their chamber choir as well as with Pacific Youth Choir. Bella is the only musically active member of her family, but her parents noticed her love of singing before she was old enough to talk. A member of… More

Galilea Rios Schulz

February 13, 2021

On Deck with Galilea Rios Schulz

Raúl Gómez-Rojas chats with Galilea Rios Schulz, a 17-year-old violinist with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Music has always been a part of Galilea’s life, dating all the way back to her dad playing guitar and ukulele for her as a baby. She has been with MYS for the past eight years, and has been a… More

February 6, 2021

On Deck with Lydia Downs

In this episode of “On Deck,” Christa Wessel chats with violinist Lydia Downs. Lydia is a senior at Cleveland High School, and is slated to graduate as one of the valedictorians of her class. Lydia is a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and though COVID has made participation challenging (recording at home -individually- with a click-track), she finds great reward in the final… More

Addison Domenigoni

January 30, 2021

On Deck with Addison Domenigoni

Addison Domenigoni, a 17-year-old junior from Clackamas High School, chats with Raúl Gómez about her biggest passion: choral singing. Addison has been a member of Pacific Youth Choir since sixth grade, and has participated in several collaborations of PYC with the Oregon Symphony, including performances of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Stravinsky’s Persephone. Addison… More

Ella Dorsey with her bass

January 23, 2021

On Deck with Ella Dorsey

Amy Faust gets to know Ella Dorsey, a versatile musician who plays classical bass with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. A 15-year-old sophomore at Clackamas High School, Ella has grown up in a musical household with a dad who plays slap bass for western swing bands and a mom who performs with a variety of bands… More

Amelia Kotamarti

January 16, 2021

On Deck with Amelia Kotamarti

Amelia Kotamarti is a 16 year old flutist at Grant High School, who plays with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and her high school Wind Ensemble. In this episode of “On Deck,” Amelia speaks with Raúl Gómez about how music has been a part of her life since before she can remember, and how she attributes… More

Kai Frueh

January 9, 2021

On Deck with Kai Frueh

Christa Wessel talks with 18-year old pianist (and aspiring conductor!) Kai Frueh about music and connection.  Kai loves performing for people and with people.  He and his violin-playing brother Ben (featured “On Deck” 3 years ago) frequently make music together, and are actively working to spread their love of classical music to other young people…. More

Henry Pappas

January 2, 2021

On Deck with Henry Pappas

Raúl Gómez chats with Henry Pappas, a 16 year-old junior at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, OR. Henry has been playing the violin since he was 8 years old, and along the way he’s picked up clarinet, percussion, jazz, conducting, and most recently, podcasting. Henry started a podcast for the Corvallis Youth Symphony entitled… More