Portland, OR. All Classical Portland, Oregon’s classical radio station, announced the inaugural Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program as part of the station’s JOY (Joyous Outreach to You/th) initiative. The program includes one Artist in Residence and one Young Artist in Residence. Lakeridge High School senior and cellist, Taylor Yoon, was selected as the first Young Artist in Residence.

Renowned pianist Hunter Noack has been selected as the first Artist in Residence.

The AIR program, which is designed to foster creative and professional growth for emerging and established performing artists, selected Hunter Noack as the Artist in Residence and Taylor Yoon as the Young Artist in Residence. Residents will have access to All Classical Portland’s world-class facilities and studio time, coupled with on-air opportunities including appearances on Thursdays @ 3, at station events, concerts and special broadcasts. The program, announced January 17th, provides residency for both a professional and a young musician, with plans to announce a poet and visual artist in the fall of 2019.

“We’re thrilled to launch our Artist in Residence program,” said Suzanne Nance, president and CEO of All Classical Portland. “Hunter Noack and Taylor Yoon are talented artists and performers who embody All Classical Portland’s mission of building community.”

Noack is a world-renowned pianist, known for his In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild project, an outdoor concert series involving a 9-foot concert Steinway in state and national parks, historic sites, and other spectacular locations, instead of traditional concert halls. The audience is free to wander through the landscape while listening to the live music through wireless headphones. Here’s a video about the project:

A lifelong musician, Yoon and her sisters formed a musical group called the “Yoontrio,” and have held multiple benefit concerts for various causes. Yoon was also instrumental in launching Olivenbaum, a non-profit organization that utilizes music to bring all races and nations together into peace and harmony. This past summer, the group performed in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea as part of the Lindenbaum Music Festival.Yoon is a senior at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego.

Noack and Yoon will make their performance debut at All Classical Portland’s Lovefest Concert on February 26th at the Newark Theatre. Additional information on the program, including selection criteria, can be found on the All Classical Portland website.

From All Classical Portland:

All Classical Portland is Portland, Oregon’s classical radio station. Established in 1983, our mission is to advance knowledge of and appreciation for classical music; to build and sustain culturally vibrant local and global communities around this art form; to reflect the spirit of the Pacific Northwest; and to foster integrity, quality and innovation in all that we do. For more information, visit www.allclassical.org.