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




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

March 30, 2019

On Deck with Micah Ng

Micah Ng is a 17-year old pianist who has been a finalist in numerous competitions (Jewish Community Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Jewish Community Orchestra), though he believes his success is due more to hard work than to any innate talent. The church is also very important to Micah; he’ll tell us about a recent mission… More

March 9, 2019

On Deck with Zayan Akmal

Zayan Akmal is a 16-year old junior at Sunset High School, and was a finalist in the recent Portland Youth Philharmonic Piano Concerto Competition. (He’ll be playing a movement of the Scriabin Piano Concerto with PYP’s Conservatory Orchestra next season.) The humanities are deeply important to Zayan and he enjoys communicating his feelings through both poetry and musical… More

February 16, 2019

On Deck with Alesandra Pardini

Alesandra Pardini is a 17-year old junior at Lincoln High School.  She is a self-professed “opera nerd,” but choir also plays a huge role in her life.  She has been part of the Pacific Youth Choir since the age of 5. We’ll learn how choir got Alesandra through a very dark part of her life… More

February 2, 2019

On Deck with Adam Broce

Adam Broce is a 17-year old cellist who began playing only 5 years ago.  In this episode of “On Deck” Adam talks about the pros and cons of starting an instrument at a relatively late age.  He is passionate about music (he is a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony), and says he wants to… More

January 19, 2019

On Deck with Jenna Tu

Jenna Tu is a 16-year old pianist who is one of the 8 finalists in the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s piano concerto competition. (This competition – which is a collaboration between PYP and Portland Piano International – is open to the public, and takes place on January 25th at Lincoln Hall at Portland State University.)  In… More

January 12, 2019

On Deck with Jesse Nieman

Jesse Nieman is a 15-year old musician (he plays a LOT of instruments) who has lately been focusing his energy on the piano.  And it has paid off: Jesse is one of 8 finalists in the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s piano concerto competition.  (This competition – which is a collaboration between PYP and Portland Piano International… More

January 5, 2019

On Deck with Lilia Biehl

Lilia Biehl is a 16-year old junior at St. Mary’s Academy who has two sides to her musical self:  a singer and a tuba player!  She performs with both the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Pacific Youth Choir.  Though she has been a singer since childhood it took her a while to find the tuba. … More

December 8, 2018

On Deck with Willow Klug

Willow Klug is a senior at Hockinson High School in Brush Prairie, Washington. She plays French horn in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and credits MYS with deepening and expanding her love of classical music. Willow is also practicing saying “yes” to things that push her outside her comfort zone.

December 1, 2018

On Deck with Emmanuel Huang

Emmanuel Huang is a 16-year old high school junior who was born in Ghana, West Africa. Adopted by a music-loving family in Camas, Washington, Emmanuel is now a percussionist with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. You can learn more about Emmanuel’s journey and is deep love of classical music in this episode of “On Deck with Young… More

November 24, 2018

On Deck with Leo Marchyok

Leo Marchyok is a freshman at Cleveland High School, and performs with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. From the moment he first heard the oboe, he was entranced.  He has since come to love music so much he simply cannot imagine his life without it.