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

Joshua Arce

October 31, 2020

On Deck with Joshua Arce

Amy Faust chats with flutist Joshua Arce. Born in Salem to parents who emigrated from Nicaragua, Joshua made it into the National Youth Orchestra just 4 years after picking up a flute for the first time. His passion for music led him to set a series of lofty goals for himself, all of which he… More

Abigail Kim

October 24, 2020

On Deck with Abigail Kim

16-year-old Abigail Kim started her musical journey on the piano and violin, but it didn’t take long for her to find her true voice in the oboe. She is now a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Portland Youth Philharmonic, and is preparing for her Carnegie Hall debut in the summer of 2021. Abigail… More

Josh Hahn

October 17, 2020

On Deck with Joshua Hahn

Christa Wessel chats with 18-year old pianist Joshua Hahn, who earlier this year won a spot on the Young Artists Debut Concerto Concert presented by Cognizart by MetroArts.  Joshua loves how music demands perseverance and dedication, and also how it can connect us to emotion and memory deep inside us.

Cole White

October 10, 2020

On Deck with Cole White

Cole White is a 15-year-old euphonium player whose musical adventures include playing with the BRAVO Community Orchestra and, most recently, joining two different bands in Portland. He credits BRAVO with helping him improve his musical skills and providing a place to make great friends. In this conversation with Raúl Gómez, Cole shares the story of… More

Kara taylor

October 3, 2020

On Deck with Kara Taylor

Amy Faust chats with multi-instrumentalist and composer Kara Taylor. A music lover since birth, Kara took up the piano at the ripe old age of 3 so that she could accompany her own singing. She has since added violin and saxophone to her repertoire, as well as the flute, which she currently plays with Metropolitan… More

Evan Nakanishi

September 26, 2020

On Deck with Evan Nakanishi

16-year-old Evan Nakanishi has a dream of being a professional percussionist in a symphony orchestra, and he is having a lot of fun along the way. Raúl Gómez speaks with this junior from Clackamas High School, who shares stories about making performance videos while in quarantine, wearing silly hats and elaborate costumes, and becoming enamored with percussion… More

Skye Neal

September 19, 2020

On Deck with Skye Neal

Christa Wessel chats with 10-year old Skye Neal, who has had a fascination with music from the time she was a toddler.  She plays violin and piano, sings with the Pacific Youth Choir, and at age 8 she began taking composition lessons.  Skye has been a part of Fear No Music’s “Young Composer Project” for… More

Anna Hermes

September 5, 2020

On Deck with Anna Hermes

Our newest contributor to “On Deck,” Raul Gomez, chats with singer/songwriter Anna Hermes, an 18-year old soprano and a recent graduate of St. Mary’s Academy. Throughout her high school career, she was a member of Pacific Youth Choir, a songwriting camp counselor with Young Musicians and Artists, a musical theater performer and a passionate advocate… More

Rhys Phillips

March 7, 2020

On Deck with Rhys Phillips

Rhys Phillips is an 18-year old multi-genre multi-instrumentalist, and a senior at West Linn High School. His principal instrument is the piano, but he also sings and plays the cello, guitar and bass. He loves playing classical, jazz and pop. He deeply loves music, and in intently focused on music as a career:  he is… More

Andrew Schroeder

February 29, 2020

On Deck with Andrew Schroeder

Andrew Schroeder is a very busy 15-year old sophomore at Sam Barlow High School.  He is involved in multiple choirs and bands at school (he plays French horn), and he also sings in multiple ensembles with the Pacific Youth Choir.  Additionally, he works twice a week at a memory care center, playing music for residents… More