On Deck with Young Musicians

On Deck with Young Musicians – showcasing the incredibly talented young musicians who live and perform in the Pacific Northwest. This weekly interview segment highlights their many accomplishments. Hosted by Christa Wessel, Adam Eccleston, and Raúl Gómez-Rojas, the program reveals a deep appreciation for the value of youthful energy in the world of classical music.

If you know of a young musician who should be profiled On Deck, please 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.

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Jimmy Brown

November 5, 2023

Where Are They Now? Vocalist Jimmy Brown

All Classical Radio celebrates the 10th anniversary of On Deck with Young Musicians by following up with 10 of the musicians who were interviewed in the first season of the show. The series is hosted by All Classical intern Jahlysa Azaret. Jimmy Brown is a baritone singer and Elementary Music Educator based in Portland, OR…. More


Emily Wu

October 28, 2023

Where Are They Now? Violinist Emily Wu

All Classical Radio celebrates the 10th anniversary of On Deck with Young Musicians by following up with 10 of the musicians who were interviewed in the first season of the show. The series is hosted by All Classical intern Jahlysa Azaret. Software engineer (and former violinist) Emily Wu reacts to her interview from 10 years… More


Nicholas Arredondo

October 21, 2023

Where Are They Now? Bassist Nick Arredondo

All Classical Radio celebrates the 10th anniversary of On Deck with Young Musicians by following up with 10 of the musicians who were interviewed in the first season of the show. The series is hosted by All Classical intern Jahlysa Azaret. Bassist Nick Arredondo reacts to his interview from 10 years ago, and shares about finding… More


Geetha Somayajula

October 14, 2023

Where Are They Now? Vocalist Geetha Somayajula

All Classical Radio celebrates the 10th anniversary of On Deck with Young Musicians by following up with 10 of the musicians who were interviewed in the first season of the show. The series is hosted by All Classical intern Jahlysa Azaret. Vocalist Geetha Somayajula reacts to her interview from 10 years ago, and shares her journey… More


Ruta Kuzmickas

October 7, 2023

Where Are They Now? Pianist Ruta Kuzmickas

All Classical Radio celebrates the 10th anniversary of On Deck with Young Musicians by following up with 10 of the musicians who were interviewed in the first season of the show. The series is hosted by All Classical intern Jahlysa Azaret. In our first episode, pianist Ruta Kuzmickas reacts to her interview from 10 years ago… More


Olivia Turk

September 30, 2023

On Deck with Olivia Turk

Olivia Turk is a classical saxophonist who just started their senior year at Ida B Wells high school where they play clarinet and saxophone. They started music over ten years ago and have been playing saxophone for three. Currently, Olivia plays in Portland Youth Philharmonic Wind Ensemble and sits first chair in their school band…. More


Naomi Margolis

September 9, 2023

On Deck with Naomi Margolis

Naomi Margolis is a 16-year old cellist who not only plays in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, but she also -as a freshman- started a chamber orchestra at Lincoln High School.  Raul Gomez-Rojas talks with Naomi about leadership, about being the youngest member of almost every ensemble she’s been a part of, and about how orchestra… More


Eunji Ryu

September 2, 2023

On Deck with Eunji Ryu

Eunji Ryu is a rising senior at Westview High School in Beaverton. She has been playing the cello for almost 10 years and currently plays in the Portland Youth Philharmonic. In 2022 and 2023, she played in Oregon’s All-State High School Ensemble and in 2023, played in the All-Northwest Ensemble. In 2022, she performed at… More


Lilia Niebuhr

July 29, 2023

On Deck with Lilia Niebuhr

Lilia Niebuhr is a 14-year-old multi-instrumentalist, who will start her sophomore year at Westview High School in the fall. Lilia started learning piano when she was only 4, and started flute in 4th grade. Recently, she also picked up the oboe, and within just a few short months, she qualified for the State Solo and… More


Sal Wallin

July 22, 2023

On Deck with Sal Wallin

Sal Wallin is a classical guitarist and composer at Reed College, where he is majoring in music with a focus on composing. He has studied guitar with multiple teachers including Cameron O’Connor, Mario Diaz and John Mery, and additionally studies voice and composition with Emily Lau. He also sings with the Big Mouth Society, a… More


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