January 23, 2018

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

January 7, 2017

On Deck with Ori Marcu

Ori Marcu is 17-years old.  She sings with the Pacific Youth Choir and with the Marian’s, her school choir at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland.  She is also a pianist and a budding composer. Ori spends part of the year in Israel, and she’s very interested in cell biology. We’ll talk about all of those… More

December 10, 2016

On Deck with Raley Schweinfurth

Raley Schweinfurth is incredibly passionate about classical music.  She plays many different keyboard instruments, including piano, harpsichord, celeste and pipe organ.  She’s the principal keyboardist with the Portland Youth Philharmonic.  In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll get to know why 17-year old Raley is so devoted to classical music. Raley was a featured soloist with… More

December 3, 2016

On Deck with Katherine DesCamp-Renner

Katherine DesCamp-Renner is a 17-year old high school senior who credits her choir with saving her life. In the depths of depression, what kept Kat going was singing with her friends in the Pacific Youth Choir.  She also loves cross-country running because it “gets her out of her head and into her body.” In this… More

November 26, 2016

On Deck with Colin Crandal

Colin Crandal is a 17-year old senior at Beaverton High School.  He is VERY involved in music (he plays percussion in marching band, with his wind ensemble, and with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, as well as playing in his school’s jazz band.)  He has spread himself thin over the years but is now focusing exclusively… More

November 19, 2016

On Deck with Grace Hermes

Grace Hermes is a 17-year old senior at St. Mary’s Academy.  She sings with the Pacific Youth Choir as well as with her school choir (“The Marians”) and performs in school musicals as well. Grace feels –particularly in these turbulent times- that art and music can change the world. In this episode of “On Deck”… More

Cammie Lee, Christa Wessel, and Isabelle Zheng

October 29, 2016

On Deck with Project Prelude

Project Prelude is a new non-profit started this summer by two high school juniors at Catlin Gabel School.  Violinist Cammie Lee (who plays with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and has been a frequent regional competition winner) and flutist Isabelle Zheng (who is the co-principal flute at Portland Youth Philharmonic) saw an absence of elementary school music… More

October 22, 2016

On Deck with Michail Thompson

Michail Thompson is 16 years old.  He’s the principal trumpet player in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, he plays jazz at the Alan Jones Academy of Music, and is the band president at Grant High School.  In his role as band president, Michail hopes to find a way to make the Grant student body realize that going to a… More

October 15, 2016

On Deck with Evan Llafet

Evan Llafet is a 15-year old violinist, and a sophomore at Mountain View High School in Vancouver. He plays with the Portland Youth Philharmonic and is seriously considering a career in music.  In this episode of “On Deck” Evan frankly discusses that chosen career path, and how unrealistic it might turn out to be. And, in… More

October 8, 2016

On Deck with David Chen

David Chen is a 16-year old junior at Sunset High School.  He has also been a member of the Pacific Youth Choir for 10 years.  Singing is obviously a huge part of his life, and in this episode of “On Deck” we’ll learn about two of his other passions and how they intertwine: David is part… More

September 24, 2016

On Deck with Eva Stoumbos

Eva Stoumbos is an 18-year old double-bassist who chatted with Christa this summer at YMA: Young Musicians and Artists. During the interview, Eva revealed that in addition to classical music, she loves jazz and bluegrass, too. In this episode of “On Deck” we’ll hear how Eva fell in love with the bass, and learn about her… More