On Deck with Young Musicians

On Deck

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, Raúl Gómez-Rojas, and Amy Faust, 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.


Makenzie Monson

July 10, 2021

On Deck with Makenzie Monson

Makenzie Monson is a 15-year-old vocalist and pianist who deeply cherishes music in her life. In this episode of On Deck, Makenzie chats with Raúl Gómez-Rojas about how performing for others gives her a sense of purpose,  as well as an opportunity to bring hope and joy to her audiences. In addition to singing and… More

On Deck - Liem Friel

July 3, 2021

On Deck with Liem Friel

In this episode of “On Deck,” Christa Wessel chats with 17-year old trombonist Liem Friel, who just finished his junior year at Portland’s Cleveland High School.  In addition to playing with his school band, Liem is a member of both the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Portland Youth Philharmonic. He continued participating in those ensembles… More

Evelyne Knight

June 26, 2021

On Deck with Evelyne Knight

Evelyne Knight knows what it’s like to count lots of rests. She also knows that being an orchestral percussionist is A LOT more complex (and fun!) than most people think. In this episode of “On Deck,” Raúl Gómez-Rojas chats with Evelyne, who is 17 years old and a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, where… More

Catherine Hartrim-Lowe

June 19, 2021

On Deck with Catherine Hartrim-Lowe

Raúl Gómez-Rojas chats with 16-year-old Catherine Hartrim-Lowe, a self-described “homeschooled, homesteading, high school sophomore, cellist, vocalist, and amateur pianist living near Vancouver, Washington.” Catherine was first introduced to music through piano lessons at the age of five, falling in love with the mellow, singing quality of the cello around her tenth birthday. She currently sings… More

June 12, 2021

On Deck with Erika Metzenberg

In this episode of “On Deck,” Amy Faust chats with Erika Metzenberg, a 15 year old violin player with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Erika has been playing with MYS for almost 8 years, and has recently picked up the viola as well, taking regular lessons from MYS director (and On Deck host) Raul Gomez. As… More

June 5, 2021

On Deck with Arthur Khamkhosy

In this episode of “On Deck,” Christa Wessel talks with 16-year old Arthur Khamkhosy, a junior at Clackamas High School. Though he began his musical journey with piano, he now sings with three choirs (including the Pacific Youth Choir and Portland’s Singing Christmas Tree).  He loves the sense of community -and the vibrations- that choir… More

George Danzelaud

May 22, 2021

On Deck with George Danzelaud

17-year-old George Danzelaud is senior class president at Lake Oswego High School. He started piano when he was four years old, and picked up the violin soon after. In this episode of “On Deck,” George speaks with Raúl Gómez-Rojas about another one of his passions: graffiti art, as well as the importance of making mistakes, embracing failure and pushing your own limits…. More

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

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