All Classical Radio & ICAN in the news

All Classical Radio thanks regional and national news and media outlets for recognizing our outstanding programming, innovative initiatives, and wide-reaching community service.

Read on for press coverage on the Recording Inclusivity Initiative, International Children’s Arts Network, and more of All Classical Radio’s radio, community, and arts programs.

A New Home in Summer 2024!

KOIN Tower, All Classical Portland's new home in 2024.
KOIN Tower, All Classical Portland’s new home in 2024.

All Classical Radio Gains a Historic Headquarters
Elle Kehres, Radio World – February 12, 2024

All Classical Radio’s $750K gift boosts plan for downtown Portland move
Portland Business Journal – January 25, 2024

Murdock Trust provides All Classical Radio with huge grant for KOIN Tower headquarters
Jason Vondersmith, The Portland Tribune – January 25, 2024

All Classical Radio gets a boost
Bob Hicks, Oregon ArtsWatch – January 25, 2024

All Classical Radio Receives Largest Grant in Station History
Radio Online – January 25, 2024

Portland’s All Classical Getting New Downtown Studio
The new 15,000-square-foot office in KOIN Tower will include a media arts center, recording studios, and community gathering spaces.
Radio Ink Magazine – May 19, 2023

All Classical radio to relocate to downtown Portland in 2024
All Classical president and CEO Suzanne Nance in a provided image. Nance said she believes the timing couldn’t be any better to make for the radio station to move to downtown Portland.
Prakruti Bhatt, Portland Tribune – May 18, 2023

All Classical radio to relocate to downtown Portland in 2024
All Classical radio plans to move into a bigger, more community-oriented space next year, but to build and equip its new home the nearly 40-year-old station needs to finish raising about $6 million.
Prakruti Bhatt, OPB – May 17, 2023

All Classical Portland Announces New Headquarters in Downtown Portland
The station’s relocation to KOIN Tower in early 2024 will bring All Classical to the heart of downtown Portland, where it will serve as a national beacon for arts-based urban regeneration and increase the range of activities it can offer.
The Skanner News – May 8, 2023

All Classical Portland’s New Digs
All Classical Portland plans a move to the KOIN Tower in downtown Portland in 2024, from its location at Hampton Opera Center in Southeast Portland.
Jason Vondersmith, The Portland Tribune – May 5, 2023

Portland Radio Institution Intends to Move to Dishier Downtown Digs
We spoke with All Classical CEO Suzanne Nance about benefits of the move, like a new recording studio and additional space to foster classical-loving community.
Robert Ham, Portland Mercury – May 4, 2023

Big Move for All Classical Portland
All Classical Portland (one of the largest classical radio stations in the U.S.) today announced their relocation from the Portland Opera building to downtown Portland’s KOIN Tower in early 2024.
Thomas May, Memeteria Music Blog – May 4, 2023

Broadcaster All Classical Portland moving to downtown skyscraper next year
“It’s a great opportunity for All Classical to move into downtown Portland and help,” said President and CEO Suzanne Nance.
Jonathan Bach, Portland Business Journal – May 3, 2023

All Classical On the Move
Portland’s ambitious, forward-looking classical music radio station is expanding its scope, creating space for live performances, and relocating to downtown Portland.
Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch – May 3, 2023

All Classical Portland Relocates Headquarters To Downtown Portland
All Classical’s new space reflects their ambition to share the dynamism and joy for classical music with all audiences – regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World – May 3, 2023

Learn more about this exciting announcement on our Arts Blog.

Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII)

Adam Eccleston records Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano” at Bodecker Foundation’s Halfling Studio. Photo by Christine Dong, May 2021

The Inside Story: María Garcia, Martha Long, and ELEVATE
Navona Records- May 21, 2024

New Releases from Navona Records: ELEVATE
PARMA Recordings – May 10, 2024

All Classical Radio’s Recording Inclusivity Initiative to release second album, ELEVATE
James Bash, Northwest Reverb – May 7, 2024

Out May 10: ‘ELEVATE’ From All Classical Radio’s Recording Inclusivity Initiative
MusicalAmerica – April 30, 2024

All Classical Portland releases AMPLIFY
All Classical Portland President & CEO Suzanne Nance and Recording Inclusivity Initiative Chair Adam Eccleston discuss RII and our first-ever album AMPLIFY
KGW-TV’s Hello, Rose City! – October 26, 2022

NH Business: Seacoast music company celebrates 1,000th release
AMPLIFY is a partnership with All Classical Portland, a radio station in Portland, Oregon. The installment in the Recording Inclusivity Initiative series is designed to address the classical music industry’s need for greater diversity.
Mike Cote, Yahoo! News – October 23, 2022

All Classical Portland Announces Its First-Ever Recording Inclusivity Initiative Album
Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week – September 20, 2022

All Classical Portland Wins National Honor for Its Work to Diversify Playlists Amy Wang, The Oregonian/OregonLive – November 10, 2021

Portland Classical Radio Station Launches Initiative to Honor Minority Composers
Radio station All Classical Portland has spearheaded an effort to recognize composers from under-represented communities
Katherine Cook, KGW News – May 26, 2021

More recent press for RII on

Leadership & On-Air Hosts

President & CEO Suzanne Nance. Photo credit: Cathy Cheney, Portland Business Journal
President & CEO Suzanne Nance. Photo credit: Cathy Cheney, Portland Business Journal

Classical Up Close rings out on All Classical Radio

James Cantrell, Oregon ArtsWatch – April 14, 2024

The Score, nationally syndicated Portland radio show celebrates music of the movies

James Bash, The Oregonian/OregonLive – March 3, 2024

People On The Move: Suzanne Nance
Portland Business Journal – February 23, 2024

All Classical Radio celebrates 40 years on the air
Suzanne Nance on KGW’s Hello, Rose City! – January 16, 2024

Singing before she could talk: The awesome journey of Coty Raven Morris and her quest to share music-making
James Bash, Oregon ArtsWatch – January 8, 2024

Portland Radio Host In Top 10 For GRAMMYs Educator Award
Radio Ink – December 13, 2023

All Classical Radio’s Coty Raven Morris Is a Finalist for the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum’s Educator Award
Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week – December 12, 2023

All Classical Radio celebrates 40 years with a big new office at KOIN Tower
KOIN – December 10, 2023

All Classical Radio celebrates 40 years: Its gift is a big new office at KOIN Tower.
Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune – December 6, 2023

Reinventing a Classic: All Classical Radio leaves the Portland name behind while committing to a new downtown space.
Sander Gusinow, Oregon Business Magazine – October 2023

America’s Top-Rated Classical Station Credits Success To ‘Humans Who Program And Share The Music.’
Inside Radio – September 22, 2023

Suzanne Nance – singing CEO of All Classical Radio – leads the station to a new studio and into the future
James Bash, The Oregonian/OregonLive – September 19, 2023

Show & Tell with Tony Martinez, interview with host Christa Wessel
Tony Martinez interviews Christa Wessel during Show and Tell on Good Day Oregon.
KPTV Fox 12 Oregon – January 16, 2023

On All Classical Portland’s “Noteworthy,” Lynnsay Maynard Reveals Hidden Links Between Books and Music
“My parents have always joked that I would bring hardback books into my crib with me instead of dolls.”
Robert Ham, Willamette Week – November 29, 2022

All Classical’s Newest Program, “Noteworthy,” Debuts Oct. 23
Hosted and produced by Lynnsay Maynard, the show will explore the intersection of classical music and literature.
Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week – October 21, 2022

Radio Daze
It’s hard to think of another station that’s created so many ambitious, public spirited initiatives, all begun since Suzanne Nance assumed All Classical’s leadership.
Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch – October 7, 2022

Suzanne Nance named a 2022 Women of Influence
Andy Giegerich, Portland Business Journal – March 3, 2022
Photo gallery from the event March 2, 2022

Club Mod and Northwest Previews host Andrea Murray mentioned by Oregon ArtsWatch in their Women’s History Month list of local women leading the way in the arts.
Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch – March 29, 2022

Suzanne Nance on the Transformational Power of Music
Suzanne Stevens, Portland Business Journal – September 16, 2021

New Look, Same Station: All Classical Radio

A spotlight image announcing All Classical Radio's new logo and brand
The new logo and look were inspired by the 20th Century Orphic Cubism Art movement.

All Classical Portland becomes All Classical Radio
At 40, station embarks on rebranding program, gets ready to move to KOIN Tower.
Nancy Townsley, The Portland Tribune – August 15, 2023

KQAC Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Rebrand & Visual Refresh
The station has rebranded as “All Classical Radio” to recognize its global streaming audience in addition to its local audience.
Radio Insight – August 15, 2023

Portland’s All Classical Gets Radio-Embracing Rebrand At 40
The rebranding is part of a broader celebration that will include a comprehensive website redesign, a retrospective exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, and a move to new headquarters in downtown Portland in early 2024.
Radio Ink – August 15, 2023

All Classical Portland to Celebrate 40th Birthday
The station is reintroducing itself as All Classical Radio, while unveiling its new logo and visual language in partnership with boutique creative consultancy Hyper Beau.
Radio Online – August 15, 2023

All Classical Portland Celebrates 40th Birthday And Announces New Brand Alignment
The award-winning radio station shares its vibrant new visual identity.
A. A. Cristi, Broadway World – August 15, 2023

All Classical Portland Kick-Off its 40th Birthday Celebrations With Brand Realignment
The award-winning radio station shares its vibrant new visual identity.
Afton Wooten, OperaWire – August 21, 2023

All Classical Portland Has Changed Its Name to All Classical Radio
The brand realignment was timed to coincide with the classical music network’s 40th anniversary.
Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week – August 21, 2023

Learn more about our new look on our Arts Blog.

International Children’s Arts Network (ICAN)

Photo courtesy of ICAN

All Classical Radio Celebrates Five Years of International Childrens Arts Network
Francisco Salazar, OperaWire – April 17, 2024

All Classical Radio’s International Children’s Arts Network Turns 5
Musical America Worldwide – April 3, 2024

ICAN on KOIN-TV’s Everyday Northwest
ICAN host Sarah Zwinklis and All Classical Portland host Raúl Gómez-Rojas were featured on KOIN’s Everyday Northwest, hosted by Ashley Howard. Sarah and Raúl talked about The Magic of Eric Carle, a collaborative concert event with narrations by All Classical Portland hosts, live orchestral music performed by the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and a screening of animations by Illuminated Films.
Everyday Northwest, KOIN-TV 6 – January 6, 2023

Radio Rejuvenation Portland’s All Classical Radio’s New Initiatives Bring More Diverse Music to More Diverse Audiences
Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch – May 25, 2021

All Classical Portland Thriving With Kids Network
International Children’s Arts Network has increased listenership in the past year with content geared toward youth.
Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune – April 26, 2021

Artists in Residence

Woman sitting on a couch
María García, 2022 Artist in Residence. Photo credit: Andrew Wallner

The International Society of Bassists announces 2023 Jane Little Scholarship recipient, Maggie Carter
Maggie Carter, All Classical Portland’s 2022 Young Artist in Residence, receives the $10,000 grant, which is awarded to a female double bass major entering college.
The Strand Magazine – April 18, 2023

All Classical Portland Announces Amir Avsker as Its 2023 Young Artist in Residence
The station is also extending the residency of pianist María García.
Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week – March 7, 2023

News briefs: Tale of a Tony, comings & goings, money matters, art ‘long look’
Pianist, performer, and music educator María García has been chosen as All Classical Portland’s new Artist in Residence.
Bob Hicks, Oregon ArtsWatch – January 31, 2022

All Classical Portland Announces María García as 2022 Artist in Residence
Twenty-four-hour radio station All Classical Portland has selected pianist and educator María García as its 2022 artist in residence.
The Skanner News – January 26, 2022

Pianist María García Named All Classical Portland’s 2022 Artist in Residence
A performer and educator, García is known as a proponent of classical music by women and composers of color.
Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week – January 26, 2022

Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem LIVE Broadcast

Spotlight image for ‘An African American Requiem’ in the Audio Archive

Perpetual light shining on the saints: The long-awaited premiere of Geter’s ‘Requiem’
An African American Requiem raises the roof in world premiere performance.
James Bash, Oregon ArtsWatch – May 18, 2022

Damien Geter: Creating with Resonance
In the vocal ensemble, the composer of this weekend’s African American Requiem found the ideal partner to make a musical milestone.
Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch – May 7, 2022

Damien Geter’s Original Musical Work “An African American Requiem” Debuts This Weekend
The Portland composer’s creation is dedicated to Black Americans who lost their lives to racist violence.
Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week – May 4, 2022

In Portland premiere, African American Requiem honors souls of those killed by racist violence
A new Portland classical music performance about to attract national attention got its start more than five years ago when Damien Geter, an internationally known opera singer and composer, was at a New Year’s Eve Party.
Tom Hallman Jr., The Oregonian – May 4, 2022

Live Broadcast of World Premiere An African American Requiem
“As a Black composer in today’s America, I feel like I’ve been writing this my entire life,” says Damien Geter. “I was hoping there would be a time we wouldn’t need this piece, but I think we always will. I hope An African American Requiem leads to important action that affects change.”
The Skanner News – April 7, 2022

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Community Collaborations

Neo Soul
Photo Credit: Christine Dong

On Portland’s Vibrant Music Scene, New Is Nourished Everywhere
What could be more relevant today than a big choral and symphonic opus dealing with the history of violence against Blacks in the United States? That’s the central theme of Damien Geter’s An African-American Requiem, co-produced by the Resonance Ensemble and the Oregon Symphony. Its world premiere on May 7, 2022, will be broadcast live on All Classical Portland and WQXR New York.
James Bash, Classical Voice North America – January 20, 2022

The Spirit of Radio In praise of All Classical: keepers of the invisible fire, broadcasters of new commissioned works by Damien Geter and S. Renee Mitchell
Matthew Neil Andrews, Oregon ArtsWatch – November 27, 2020

Broadway Rose Teams Up With All Classical Portland A Sherlock Holmes radio drama featuring classical music and turn-of-the-century celebrities
Forest Grove News Times, Pamplin Media Group – September 28, 2020

All Classical Portland Tunes Up at Virtual Concert Hall The ‘Fall into the Arts: A Radio Festival of Local Performances’ highlights local groups for next two months. Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune – September 21, 2020

KSLC / Linfield University

Photo of broadcast tower at sunset.

Wine Country, Here Comes All Classical Portland The longtime Portland radio station of classical music teams up with Linfield College, helping to build an audience with young people…and perhaps wine enthusiasts Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune – April 2, 2020

Portland’s All Classical Teams With Linfield College Yamhill and Polk county residents will have clearer listening to the classical radio station beginning Thursday
David Bates, Oregon ArtsWatch – March 30, 2020

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