PORTLAND, OREGON – All Classical Portland, the Pacific Northwest’s 24-hour classical music radio station has announced María García as its 2022 Artist in Residence. A celebrated pianist, performer, and music educator, García is a champion of classical works by women and composers of color. Together with the station, María will educate and inspire listeners to explore classical music beyond the traditional canon of the genre. As part of this role, María’s first order of business will be to help the station select and mentor its next Young Artist in Residence.
“All Classical Portland has always felt like a friend; a friend to the artist, a friend to the community,” shares García in a new video interview on YouTube. “One of the wonderful things about the station is that it is so community-centered. The station recognizes that to build community, you have to build from within, tapping the resources of the community to bring people together.”
To mark the announcement, García will perform live on March 24, 2022, on All Classical Portland’s weekly radio series Thursdays @ Three. Along with the title, she will receive a financial award to help support creative projects and performances this year. Through this residency, García will share her immense talent with the station and its wide-reaching audience on the air, and in the region’s concert halls when live performance opportunities become possible. She will also help mentor All Classical Portland’s 2022 Young Artist in Residence.
“I have taught since I was 20 years old,” says García. “My teaching has evolved as I evolve as a person, and you realize that music is so much more encompassing. I have taught all ages and all levels, and for me, teaching music is about personal connection and opening a key to another world for students. I hope to pass on how to connect to your emotions, to your culture, and to learn about the world and beauty.”
The station is currently accepting applications for its 2022 Young Artist in Residence online at allclassical.org, now through February 28, 2022. The title comes with a financial award, opportunities to perform on the station’s radio programs and at events, as well as access to All Classical Portland’s expansive network, recording facilities, and digital archives. Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 20, and have consent of parent or guardian if under the age of 18. Any interested young creatives must play an instrument and/or compose, and exhibit a strong interest in classical music. The 6-month residency program runs April through September 2022; time commitment is approximately 2-4 hours per month.