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

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

May 15, 2021

On Deck with Leo Trajano

Amy Faust gets to know Leo Trajano, a 7th grader at Evergreen Middle School in Hillsboro whose passion for playing violin is only matched by his passion for piano. (Oh, and ping pong!) Leo plays with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and he competed last year in the Ten Grands piano competition. He practices about 4… More

Ted Ekstrand

May 8, 2021

On Deck with Ted Ekstrand

Ted Ekstrand was inspired to take up an instrument when his older brothers started learning violin and French horn, but Ted wanted something louder and brighter, so, naturally, he picked the trumpet. Currently, Ted plays with the ensembles at the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and also loves performing with his school’s… More

Audrey Wallace

May 1, 2021

On Deck with Audrey Wallace

In this episode of “On Deck,” Christa Wessel chats with 16-year old violinist Audrey Wallace. Audrey, as a young girl, overcame her shyness to demand violin lessons; she is now a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.  Audrey speaks about the highs and lows along the way: wanting to quit violin, but then rediscovering her… More

Macy Gong

April 24, 2021

On Deck with Macy Gong

In this episode of On Deck, Raúl Gómez-Rojas chats with flutist Macy Gong, a 15-year-old freshman at Oregon Episcopal School and a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Macy began studying the flute at the age of 6 and is now a student of Sydney Carlson. She has won many awards, including 2nd place in… More

Issa Okamoto

April 17, 2021

On Deck with Issa Okamoto

In this episode of “On Deck,” Amy Faust gets to know Issa Okamoto, a 17 year old coloratura soprano who serves as Executive Director of Portland Concert Opera. Issa arrived in Portland from New York City at age four with her mom and sisters, already possessing a voice so strong that her screams had caused… More

April 10, 2021

On Deck with Irie Page

Raúl Gómez-Rojas chats with Irie Page, a 17-year-old singer and actor with an already impressive résumé. Irie sang with Oregon Repertory Singers Youth Choir for 10 years and is now a Marian Singer at St. Mary’s Academy, where she is a junior. Additionally, Irie is a prolific young theatre performer: she is a “Young Professional”… More

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