January 22, 2018

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 our members.
Additional support comes from Metropolitan Youth Symphony

September 23, 2017

On Deck with Derek Lund

Derek Lund is a 16-year old bassoonist, and a junior at Reynolds High School. In this episode of “On Deck with Young Musicians”, he’ll tell us why he got involved in music (spoiler: it was to meet girls) and why he’s decided to join both the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony this year.

September 9, 2017

On Deck with Benjamin Frueh

We met violinist Benjamin Frueh this summer at YMA: Young Musicians and Artists, a residential music camp in Salem. At just 12-years old, Benjamin was appointed concertmaster of the YMA orchestra. In this episode of “On Deck”, we learn more about this young man, his passion for music, and his plans for his future. Below,… More

July 22, 2017

On Deck with Scott Hermanns

Scott Hermanns is a 17-year old high school senior who has a deep passion for both violin and acting. He definitely wants to pursue a career in the performing arts, just as his parents did.  (Scott’s dad, Don Hermanns, plays bass in the Oregon Symphony and his mom is pianist Susan Dewitt-Smith.) Scott is one… More

July 8, 2017

On Deck with Izzy Schulenburg

In the Fall Izzy Schulenburg will be a senior at Cleveland High School in Portland; she transferred there from Grant High School a year ago after experiencing anxiety as a result of bullying. As she’ll gladly tell you, music is Izzy’s life – she is both a clarinetist and a singer.  She’s quite a good… More

June 10, 2017

On Deck with Henry Talbott & Katie Palka

Robert McBride guest hosts this episode of “On Deck”: he talks with two of the teenagers participating in Fear No Music’s Young Composer Project: Katie Palka and Henry Talbott. Katie’s composition (“Ballad of the Time Guardian”) is inspired by Big Stump: a 2000 year old redwood tree stump in Waldport, Oregon.  Henry’s composition (“Space Opera… More

May 20, 2017

On Deck with the Orpheus Academy

In this episode of “On Deck” we go inside the Orpheus Academy, a two-week summer music program for high school- and college-aged musicians.  Rehearsals and concerts occur in downtown Portland; the Orpheus Academy offers young musicians the chance to perform challenging repertoire in a professional setting within a small, chamber-style orchestra.

May 6, 2017

On Deck with Joshua Ji

Pianist Joshua Ji is the youngest of the nine winners of a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artists Debut concert.  A seventh-grader, Joshua is just 12-years old! In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll learn about Joshua’s busy life, and how he schedules his time in order to be efficient and productive.

April 29, 2017

On Deck with Aishani Saha

Aishani Saha is a soprano and a junior at Westview High School. She learned Indian classical singing at a young age, then fell in love with musical theater… but last year she won a role in Portland Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and that changed everything. Aishani is now studying classical voice, and… More

April 22, 2017

On Deck with Aaron Greene

Aaron Greene is a 15-year old high school sophomore who plays violin with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and has won a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artists Debut concert (May 9th at Lincoln Hall). In this episode of “On Deck,” Aaron talks about a recent transformative moment with PYP, as well as a funny… More

April 15, 2017

On Deck with Natalie Tan

Natalie Tan is a 15-year old pianist and high school freshman who has won several competitions recently, including a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artists Debut concert.  Interestingly, though, she insists she isn’t very talented, which sparked a fascinating conversation about talent, practice and determination. You can hear more from Natalie on her YouTube channel…. More