September 24, 2017

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

April 8, 2017

On Deck with Fumika Mizuno

Fumika Mizuno is an 18-year old violinist and high school senior who has won a spot on the MetroArts Young Artists Debut concert for the second time. We last talked with Fumika during her freshman year; in this episode we’ll see what has changed in her life since then. Here’s a video of Fumika -and… More

April 1, 2017

On Deck with Rebecca Yakos

Rebecca Yakos was one of the very first young musicians Christa ever featured “On Deck”; they originally chatted –on episode #4 of the show– back in the fall of 2013. Now that Rebecca has won a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artists Debut concert (her second win, by the way – she also appeared on… More

March 25, 2017

On Deck with Tara Palazuelos

If Tara’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because she was interviewed less than a year ago when she came to Christa’s attention as a member of the Pacific Youth Choir. Tara has now, though, won a spot on this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Debut concert, which means we have the opportunity to catch up with her… More

March 18, 2017

On Deck with Jenny Yu

15-year old high school sophomore Jenny Yu is a pianist, a violinist, and a four-time national medalist in ice-dancing. Jenny actually started playing piano in order to add musicality to her skating. Jenny is the second in a series of nine profiles on the winners of this year’s MetroArts Young Artist Debut concert. Below are… More

March 11, 2017

On Deck with John Fawcett

With this episode of “On Deck” we begin a series of nine episodes featuring the winners of this year’s MetroArts Young Artist competition. Meet 16-year old violinist John Fawcett… or rather, re-meet him: he actually won a spot on this same concert two years ago.  We’ll chat with him about that performance (when he was just 14),… More

March 4, 2017

On Deck with Tommy Cohen

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony has provided 17-year old cellist Tommy Cohen with seven years of wonderful experiences, but two specific events rank as his most memorable: one was a trip to China, and the other was an interaction with Yo-Yo Ma that led to the famous cellist actually playing Tommy’s cello.  In this episode of “On… More

February 18, 2017

On Deck with 300 Watts String Trio

300 Watts String Trio consists of three siblings: 16-year old violist Shania Watts, 14-year old cellist Jonathan Watts, and 12-year old violinist Darah Watts.  In the four years they have been playing together as an ensemble, they’ve created a number of their own arrangements born of improvisation and their varied musical interests (jazz, latin, and… More

February 11, 2017

On Deck with Josephine West

Josephine West is an 18-year old pianist, violinist and singer who got her start with music by singing and chanting in her family’s Greek Orthodox Church. During her sophomore year, Josephine started an early-college program. Josephine now has her Associate’s Degree and will be attending Portland State University in the Fall of 2017 to pursue… More

February 4, 2017

On Deck with Gustav Baur

Gustav Baur is the first bagpiper to ever appear “On Deck.”  In addition to playing bagpipes, the 16-year old high school sophomore is also a Scottish fiddler and he sings with the Pacific Youth Choir. In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll learn why Gustav was drawn to the bagpipes (hint: is has something to do… More

January 14, 2017

On Deck with Evan Howard

Evan Howard is an 18-year old cellist who performs with the Portland Youth Philharmonic.  He attends the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, and in this episode of “On Deck” we’ll learn a bit about that magnet school — and about the harried life of a high school senior.