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 firstname.lastname@example.org
October 13, 2018
Oddly, it was a concussion at the age of 12 that caused Matthew Kaminski to begin composing. After a soccer accident, he found himself light-sensitive, motion-sensitive and he spent most of his time in bed, recovering. Then his piano teacher brought him an electronic keyboard and he started to create music. Now 16 years old,… More
October 6, 2018
Glory Lyatuu is a 16-year old senior at South Salem High School. Her parents emigrated from Tanzania; Glory herself spent the first 5 years of her life in that African country. Now Glory a classical organist. In this episode of “On Deck” you can learn more about her unlikely journey. In addition to working as… More
September 29, 2018
Esme Peters is a violinist with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and 17-year old junior at Grant High School. Esme wants to pursue a career in music, but that hasn’t stopped her from learning how to pole vault and work diligently to find the world’s best chocolate chip cookie recipe.
September 8, 2018
18-year old Kaleb Hall discovered classical music through ballet. He then began playing clarinet, but it wasn’t until he started singing that he fell deeply in love with the genre. Kaleb and Christa have an interesting conversation this week, ranging from regret and fear, to pride and humility . We’ll also learn why Kaleb wants to pursue… More
July 28, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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