Posted on March 7, 2019

Photo of Christa Wessel and Raul Gomez on stage at gala event

We are honored to announce that the Metropolitan Youth Symphony will award All Classical Portland the 2019 Musical Hero Award at its Crescendo Honors Gala in April 2019. The award is bestowed annually in recognition of strong, innovative and collaborative leaders who inspire and positively impact the hundreds of students that MYS educates each year.

Metropolitan Youth Symphony released the following statement on 3/6/19:

“The Musical Hero Award recognizes All Classical Portland, Oregon’s premiere classical music radio station. With over 250,000 weekly listeners in Oregon and SW Washington on 89.9FM, and millions of worldwide listeners from over 150 countries via, All Classical Portland partners with countless organizations to build community around the arts.

Through locally produced radio programs Played in Oregon, Northwest Previews, Thursdays @ Three, On Deck with Young Musicians, and Where We Live, All Classical Portland shines a spotlight on local artists and organizations, and highlights outstanding artistic achievements including art that addresses social issues. Through innovative collaborations such as the radio station’s Music Feeds campaign with the Oregon Food Bank, and its acclaimed JOY program (Joyous Outreach to You/th), the station continues to break down barriers and create a more inclusive and equitable environment for all.

In 2019, All Classical Portland announced two new, unprecedented initiatives as part of JOY: an Artist in Residence program, which includes a young artist residency, and a second radio network for children and those who care for them. Designed for young listeners, the International Children’s Arts Network (ICAN) will be a 24/7 HD radio and online streaming service, featuring music and literature from around the world. From bedtime stories to poetry and classical music selected for children, ICAN will be a resource for children, schools, parents, and guardians, featuring content that is safe, enriching, and inspiring. ICAN will launch in April 2019.

MYS especially acknowledges the following programs for their direct engagement with MYS students:
On Deck with Young Musicians: a radio program which has featured dozens of MYS musicians in performances and interviews with All Classical Portland host and producer Christa Wessel.
Youth Roving Reporters: a JOY initiative offering outstanding youth mentorship in arts journalism.”

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s 2019 gala, Standing for Partnership, takes place on April 5th, 5:30pm at Castaway Portland. Tickets and information about attending the gala as a sponsor, donor, or guest can be found at