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 email@example.com
Support for On Deck comes from individual donors.
Additional support comes from Metropolitan Youth Symphony
March 30, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.