Sterling Masterclass Series
Launched in 2017 and funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Sterling Masterclass Series brings top musicians from around the country and abroad to meet and coach our Artists. Free and open to the public, classes generally run for two hours and leave time for questions. Please check our events page for exact times and locations.
Factory seconds brass trio 9/11/2018
THE FACTORY SECONDS BRASS TRIO consists of Jack Sutte, Trumpet, Jesse McCormick, Horn, and Richard Stout, Trombone. Each occupies the Second Chair position in their respective section with The Cleveland Orchestra, and all are faculty members at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. Established in 2012, the group brings a distinctive voice into brass chamber music. Transcribing and performing a continually growing body of early music and seeking out collaborations with composers have been two key areas of focus for FSBT. Factory Seconds has premiered numerous works by a range of composers including David Loeb, Clint Needham and Robert Pound.
Factory Seconds Brass Trio is an Ensemble In Residence at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. As part of this residency, the group engages with students in multiple ways, including in-classroom collaborative teaching with academic faculty, and reading and coaching sessions. Factory Seconds is particularly enthusiastic about a February 2019 Carnegie Hall performance in collaboration with Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and Interlochen Arts Academy. The trio is also involved in the community through outreach programs and presenting family programs.
The trio has performed in settings from concert halls and auditoriums to warehouses and restaurants. They have been presented on local and regional chamber music series and as guests at universities from Florida to Michigan. A keen interest for the group is in collaboration with other musicians and disciplines: Pianist Christina Dahl is a frequent co-worker with FSBT; ThinkTank at Case Western Reserve University and the Tesla Orchestra; and Esin Gunduz and Matthew Barbier have written pieces for electronics and the trio.
Plans for the 2018-19 season include performances at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Carnegie Hall, and Interlochen Arts Academy, as well as masterclasses at Curtis Institute of Music, Stony Brook University, Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School. A CD featuring works by American composers is in production following recording sessions in July, 2018. Further recording sessions are planned for summer of 2019.
Aundrey mitchell, viola 10/25/2018
Professor Aundrey Mitchell (Applied Studies, viola) has taught at Moravian College, Westminster Choir College, Pennsylvania Academy of the Music, and Eastern Music Festival. She has also been a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. In addition to teaching, Dr. Mitchell maintains an active performing career. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with performances at classic venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, National Gallery of Art, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, to the Mariinsky Theater and Tchaikovsky Hall in Russia. As a member of the Philadelphia Virtuosi she toured South America, Mexico, Serbia, and Russia. As soloist, she has appeared with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, and the Antara Ensemble.
An avid chamber musician, she has performed in Canada, France, and Italy and participated in numerous festivals including the Taos School of Music and the L’École d’Arts Americaines at Fontainebleau, France. Dr. Mitchell received BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music studies with Lucien Joel, completed post graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Karen Ritscher, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University studying with Michael Tree. Dr. Mitchell joined TCNJ - The College of New Jersey music faculty (Viola, Chamber Music) in the Fall 2017. Additionally, she is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at the City University of New York (CUNY) - Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches at the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City. She spends her summers teaching at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.
Elmar Oliviera, violin 11/18/2018
Elmar Oliveira is an American violinist whose remarkable combination of impeccable artistry and old- world elegance sets him apart as one of our most celebrated living artists. Oliveira remains the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow's prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition. He was the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and won First Prize at the Naumburg International Competition. Son of Portuguese immigrants, Oliveira was nine when he began studying the violin with his brother, John Oliveira and then attended the Hartt College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He holds honorary doctorates from both the Manhattan School of Music and Binghamton University. In 1997, the Prime Minister of Portugal awarded Elmar the country's highest civilian accolade, The Order of Santiago. Oliveira has performed regularly at many of the most prestigious international concert venues. He has appeared with such esteemed Symphony Orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Seattle, as well as the Philharmonics of Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, New York, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Zürich Tonhalle, among many others. He has also made extensive recital tours of North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East. Oliveira’s discography on Artek, Angel, SONY Masterworks, Vox, Delos, IMP, Naxos, Ondineand Melodiya ranges widely from Bach and Vivaldi to contemporary works that are swiftly becoming pillars of the violin repertoire. His best-selling recording of the Rautavaara Violin Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic won a Cannes Classical Award and was chosen as Gramophone's “Editor's Choice”. He also received Grammy nominations for his recordings of both the Barber Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony and the Bloch and Benjamin Lees Violin Concertos under the baton of John McGlaughlin Williams. Other recording highlights include the Brahms and Saint-Saëns concertos with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, the Joachim Concerto with the London Philharmonic, the complete Brahms sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio, and the rarely heard Respighi and Pizzetti sonatas with pianist Robert Koenig.
Two projects of particular historical significance: The Miracle Makers: Stradivari • Guarneri • Oliveira, a coffee-table sized book and three-CD set which compares and contrasts thirty exquisite violins by Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù; and a release of short pieces highlighting the Library of Congress Collection of rare violins on Biddulph Recordings, speak to Oliveira’s extreme dedication to preserving and highlighting the violin and critical makers of the past as well as those that are important to the development of the instrument today.
In 2016 Elmar Oliveira announced the creation of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. This competition—that takes place every three years—is open to any violinist of any nationality between the ages of 16-32 and offers critical career support in the form of artist management and public relations as well as cash prizes. The Inaugural competition took place at the Lynn Conservatory of Music, where Elmar Oliveira is Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, January 23 – February 5, 2017. The next competition will be held in January 2020. For more detailed information, please visit the web site www.elmaroliveiraivc.org Additionally, Elmar Oliveira has founded the John Oliveira String Competition, an internal competition at the Lynn Conservatory of Music. The annual competition is open to all string students at the school. The competition was founded last year in memory of Elmar Oliveira’s late brother, violinist John Oliveira. For more information, please visit http://www.john-oliveira.com.
Oliveira is passionate about expanding the role and repertoire of the violin as well as championing contemporary music and unjustly neglected works. He is a devoted teacher and promoter of young artists, and also keenly supports the art of contemporary violin and bow making.
billy hunter, trumpet 12/20/2018
A native of Austin, TX, Billy Hunter has been Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2004. He enjoys a versatile career in the classical music world that includes Orchestral, Chamber, and Solo performances as well as several Educational and outreach initiatives. He is also a former member of the Grammy nominated Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago.
In addition to his yearly work with the MET, Mr. Hunter has appeared as Guest Principal Trumpet with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, The Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Germany, The Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina and the Chineke! Orchestra in London. He has also had concerts with the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey, Dallas, and Boston symphonies throughout his professional career. He has held previous positions of Principal Trumpet, Second Trumpet, and Third Associate Trumpet with the New World, Baltimore, and Grant Park symphonies respectively.
As a chamber musician Mr. Hunter has concertized with the MET Chamber Ensemble, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Classical Tahoe Chamber Orchestra, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and recently with the Music Kitchen concert series in Lower Manhattan which features free lunchtime performances of various types of music for different homeless shelters across Manhattan.
Mr. Hunter has given masterclasses and recitals nationally and internationally with several universities and schools including Curtis, Juilliard School, University of Mary, UT Austin--Denver, James Madison, Memphis and Pittsburgh State universities, Stellenbosch University in South Africa and various venues in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to this he is a frequent coach for the New York Youth Symphony in Manhattan and the National Youth Orchestra. He is currently on faculty at NJCU and the Manhattan School of Music.
While at The University of Texas, Mr. Hunter was winner of the UT Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Eastern Music Festival Concerto competition in North Carolina, and the Kingsville International Solo Competition Brass Division. Since then he has gone on to solo with several different ensembles including the UT Wind ensemble, NJCU wind ensemble and Symphony, Lake Tahoe Chamber Orchestra, Prizm festival Orchestra, the New World Symphony and the Grammy nominated Serafic Fire and Firebird Chamber Orchestra. In addition to these honors, Mr. Hunter was also awarded the Roger Voisin Outstanding trumpeter prize from the Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires. In 2010 he was granted the University of Texas Outstanding Young Texas-Exes award, one of the highest honors granted to alumni. In addition to this he has also won 2 Grammy Awards for playing in the MET Opera performances of John Adams “Doctor Atomic” and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Mr. Hunter currently holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from UT Austin and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from The Juilliard School. His teachers were former MET Principal trumpeter NBC Radio Symphony member, Raymond Crisara, Raymond Mase of the American Brass Quintet and the NYC Ballet, and Mark Gould former Principal trumpeter of the MET Opera.
julietta curenton, flute 1/17/2019
The American Flutist, Julietta Curenton, has been has been hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a musician with a “great artistic sense” and “tone that glows more than it sparkles, drawing in one’s ear with sounds and ideas that simply cannot be resisted.” Ms. Curenton has made solo guest appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Temple University Orchestra, U.S. Army Orchestra - Pershing's Own and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has performed with the Grammy award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra across the United States and in their multi-city tour of Japan, featuring the 2009 Van Cliburn winner, Nobuyuki Tsuiji. Ms. Curenton has also toured extensively with Orchestra 2001, a popular chamber music collective committed to performing and promoting the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The collective has been featured at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia and internationally at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival and across The United Arab Emirates.
Ms. Curenton's interests expand into the Jazz and Gospel arenas. She has commissioned composers Amanda Harberg and Evelyn Simpson-Curenton to write cross-genre compositions and her performances of these works have been broadcasted on WQXR and WRTI radio stations. Additional performances of hers can be heard on the Smithsonian Folkways album Praise the Lord! along with The Curenton family and on Miguel Zenon's Grammy nominated Jazz album, Alma Adentro – The Puerto Rican Songbook.
As an educator, Ms. Curenton is deeply committed to bringing music education to inner city youth. A former fellow of The Academy– a ground-breaking educational program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute – she has given interactive concerts to hundreds of students in the New York City school system and has performed extensively in Carnegie Halls' Weill Music Hall and Zankel Hall. Ms Curenton is currently teaches at Brooklyn College and is a chamber music facilitator and adjudicator for the National Youth Orchestra 2.
Julietta Curenton earned a Bachelor's of Music degree in Flute Performance from The Juilliard School and a Master's of Music Degree in Flute Performance from The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.
christine lamprea, cello 2/7/2019
Hailed a “firebrand” (IncidentLight.com) and noted for her “supreme panache” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea was just named among the most recent Sphinx Medal of Excellence winners. She was the First Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition and joined the roster of the Sphinx Soloists Program. As such, she is presented as soloist with major orchestras worldwide. She has also received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Young Texas Artists’ Competition, and captured First Prize at the 2013 Schadt National String Competition.
A winner of Astral’s 2013 National Auditions, Ms. Lamprea has appeared as soloist with the Costa Rica National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi across the U.S., in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. This season, she appears as soloist performing Arturo Marquez’ Espejos en la Arena, and a concerto written for Ms. Lamprea by acclaimed composer Jeffrey Mumford, entitled of fields unfolding…echoing depths of resonant light.
As a recitalist, Ms. Lamprea has appeared on prestigious series at Illinois’ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Florida’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. She regularly appears in recital with guitarist Jordan Dodson and pianist Navah Perlman. In demand as a chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and has performed with such musicians as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, and Carol Wincenc.
Ms. Lamprea strives to expand her musical boundaries by exploring many genres of music and non-traditional venues for performance and teaching. Her Songs of Colombia Suite includes arrangements of traditional South American tunes for cello and piano or guitar, and have been performed at the Colombian Embassy and Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She has worked with members of Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, and studied sonatas with fortepiano with Audrey Axinn. She has premiered several works by composers at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, and was a member of a small ensemble that worked with jazz musician Anthony Coleman on avant-garde composer John Zorn’s game piece Cobra, for musical improvisers and prompter.
A passionate teacher, Ms. Lamprea is on the cello faculty at the Texas Christian University School of Music in Fort Worth, Texas for the 2018-19 academic year, and regularly gives masterclasses in the United States and abroad. She has worked with Ecuadorian youth in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, as part of a residency between The Juilliard School and “Sinfonia Por La Vida,” a social inclusion program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema program. She continued to pursue musical outreach as a Gluck Community Service Fellow at Juilliard, performing in hospitals and nursing homes in and around New York City as part of a mixed ensemble of dancers, actors, and musicians. Christine Lamprea is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which supported her studies at the New England Conservatory, and a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant, which supported her study with acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz. She studied with Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School and holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Natasha Brofsky. Previous teachers include Ken Freudigman and Ken Ishii.
ranaan meyer, double bass 3/6/2019
Ranaan Meyer is a musical force that is quickly being recognized throughout the music world for his many projects, including his compositions and double bass work with the electrifying string trio, Time for Three. In addition to being a talented composer and double bass player, Meyer is also actively involved in education programs across the country and is frequently called upon to solo with orchestras. As a composer and performer, Meyer has a rare versatility, and in addition to his classical work, he is an accomplished jazz musician who has performed with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Jane Monheit, and many more.
Meyer began studying music at the age of 4, soon graduating from piano to cello and then double bass. In 2003, Meyer graduated from the acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music. During his time at the Curtis Institute, he began working with Zach DePue and Nick Kendall forming the string trio Time for Three. Their music, which proved to be a wildly popular mix of classical, country western, pop, gypsy, and jazz, soon launched their careers as successful musicians, and they continue to collaborate, tour, and record together releasing albums on the record label eOne.
Through all of Meyer’s teaching experience, he found himself compelled to begin two camps of his own. He launched Wabass Institute in Wabash, Indiana: A Double Bass Camp formed in June 2008. Wabash teachers include Hal Robinson (principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra/bass teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music) and Eric Larson (Houston Symphony double bassist). The camp is free of tuition to the 9 elite double bass students that are accepted every year. The other camp is called Wabass Workshop which is held at the Curtis Institute of Music where Meyer collaborates with Joe Conyers (assistant principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra).
Meyer performs regularly with his mother Norma Meyer who is a pianist. Additionally, he is regularly commissioned to compose for solo bass, bass and piano, and other ensembles.
Jan Jakub Bokun – Clarinet and Jakub KoŚciuszko – Guitar 4/3/2019
JAN JAKUB BOKUN – clarinet
Polish clarinetist and conductor. Graduated summa cum laude from Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław and obtained further postgraduate training with Guy Dangain at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He studied conducting at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with Larry Livingston and John Barnett. Bokun was awarded a grant by the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen where he studied with David Zinman, Jorma Panula and David Robertson. In 2012, he obtained his post-doctoral from Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. He had attended master courses with eminent artists including Sergiu Celibidache, Michael Stern, Jerzy Salwarowski, Philippe Cuper, Guy Deplus, Walter Boeykens, Michael Collins, Béla Kovács, James Levine and Kurt Masur.
Jan Jakub Bokun was a winner of competitions in Wrocław, Włoszakowice, Białystok, Enschede and Mt. Pleasant. He received the Foundation for Polish Culture Award, and scholarships from the Minister of Culture and Art, the Jan Adolf Górecki Scholarship, and the French Government. He has performed extensively in Europe, USA, United Arab Emirates, and Southeast Asia. He represented Poland at the World Clarinet Congress Clarinetfest (in Ostend, Stockholm, Tokyo, Lincoln and Assisi). In 1999, Krystian Zimerman invited him to perform with the Polish Festival Orchestra in Salle Pleyel in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Carnegie Hall in New York and to record for the Deutsche Grammophon. As a soloist and conductor he has regularly performed with distinguished orchestras in Poland and the Czech Republic. As a clarinetist and conductor he recorded 11 albums. His album, Duo Guitarinet, was nominated for the award Fryderyk 2000. His latest album, A la carte, was recorded with guitarist Jakub Kościuszko and released in 2015. J.J.Bokun also recorded for the Polish Radio and Television, the International Clarinet Association, the record company Koch Classics and Dux. In 2005, he founded his own record label JBRecords.
Jan Jakub Bokun is a highly sought-after teacher, who has conducted numerous courses and master classes at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, in Sofia, Belgrade, Prague, Paris, Brno, Lubljana, Mexico, Beijing, Tokyo and Avila, Spain. He is currently in the faculty of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. Jan Jakub Bokun is the president of the Polish branch of the International Clarinet Association, originator and art director of the Clarimania festival, and founder and conductor of the chamber orchestra Inter>CAMERATA. He is an endorser for the companies – Yamaha, D’Addario and BG.
JAKUB KOŚCIUSZKO - guitar
Perfection, excellent, amazing, sensitive virtuoso – these all terms come from the music critics` articles concerning Jakub Kościuszko. He has performed concerts in most of European countries and Japan, including such places as Tokyo Yamaha Ginza Concert Hall, Lutosławski Concert Hall in Warsaw and the Berliner Philharmonie. He has played as a soloist with the philharmonic orchestras of Szczecin, Zielona Gora, Lomza, Radom, Kielce and AUKSO chamber orchestra. In 2010 he released a world premiere recording with works of Marek Pasieczny, i.a. with the Threnody of the Victims of Bełżec, dedicated to Kościuszko. The debut album was highly acclaimed by the critics in Europe and USA. In 2012 he recorded a classical Guitar Recital with works by Bach, Tansman, Piazzolla, Jarrett and Metheny. The third solo album, Guitar sounds jazzy, contains music inspired by jazz and world music.
Jakub Kościuszko started to learn to play the guitar at the age of 8. At the age of 16 his biography was placed in the Lexicon of Polish Guitarists. In 2004 he graduated with honors from the Music School in Szczecin, where he was a pupil of Piotr Pałac. In 2009 he graduated with honors from the classes of Piotr Zaleski at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw and maestro Zoran Dukić at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. In 2010 he received a Diploma di Merito and a scholarship from maestro Oscar Ghiglia during Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Since 2016 Jakub Kościuszko holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Academy of Music in Wrocław.He regularly teaches guitar at international music courses, master classes and workshops. He is a laureate of several international guitar competitions, he participated in master classes of such great guitarists as: Abel Carlevaro, Oscar Ghiglia, Roberto Aussel, Pavel Steidl, Scott Tennant. Jakub Kościuszko plays a Bogusław Teryks guitar Nada Brahma Op. 157 stringed with D`Addario strings and uses DPA microphones.
The Bokun/Kościuszko Clarinet and Guitar Duo is a musical ensemble whose aspiration is to rediscover the greatest masterpieces of chamber music from Schubert (Sonata Arpeggione, the most well-known chamber music masterpiece of the Romantic composer in a remarkably unique adaptation for clarinet and guitar), through 20th-century French composers (Debussy, Ravel, Dyens), to a contemporary chamber and solo music repertoire (Szewczyk, Smutny). Beside chamber music concerts, the Duo also performs with orchestras, playing the Double Concerto by Astor Piazzolla in an arrangement for clarinet, guitar and strings. In 2015 they released the album A la carte, gaining 5-star reviews. The duos` concert tour in 2017 included such cities as Cologne, Tokyo, Nagoya, Paris, Budapest, Vilnius, Cracow and many others. The enthusiastic acclaim in Japan resulted with the appereance on the cover of “Clarinet” magazine.
“Bokun plays with a compact, ringing tone of excellent quality and Kosciuszko's robust guitar playing results in an excellent blend and an equality of sound. Both players are outstanding musicians.” - Larry Guy, The Clarinet
"The artists proved that they can find joy in just any repertoire, from baroque to contemporary." - Kinga Wojciechowska, Presto Magazine
"Beautiful music combined with a huge dose of professionalism" - Krzysztof Nieborak, Twoja Muza Magazine
Danielle belen, violin 5/16/2019
Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Danielle Belen is already making a name for herself as a seasoned pedagogue with a strong studio of young artists. In 2010, Ms. Belen founded Center Stage Strings, a summer camp and performance festival for gifted young musicians in California. After gaining national attention, CSS has since moved to the U of M campus as an MPulse summer program, where she is the Artistic and Faculty Director.
Winner of the 2008 Sphinx Competition and a Naxos recording artist, Ms. Belen has appeared as a soloist with major symphonies across the United States including the Boston Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. She is also on the faculty at the Colburn School with frequent visits back to Los Angeles throughout the year. Her students have won major prizes in the Stulberg, Klein, and Menuhin Competitions, performed on NPR's From the Top and have been accepted into the top music conservatories in the country.
weston sprott, trombone 6/5/2019
Weston Sprott enjoys an exciting career that includes orchestral, chamber, and solo performances, as well as numerous educational and outreach efforts. He is a trombonist in New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, of which he has been a member since 2005. He has been recognized as “an excellent trombonist” with a “sense of style and phrasing [that] takes a backseat to no one”.
Sprott has performed frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra, held a position with the Zurich Opera/Philharmonia, and has appeared with numerous other major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, and Oslo Philharmonic. He previously held principal positions with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. His chamber music and festival engagements include the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Fesitval (SICMF), Classical Tahoe, Festival Napa Valley, Walla Chamber Music Festival, Chineke!, PRIZM Ensemble, and numerous others.
As a soloist, Sprott has been featured regularly throughout the United States, Europe, South Africa, and Asia. He made his Carnegie solo debut in 2007 and was a featured soloist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is 2017. Sprott’s debut album, Act I, was released in 2010 and hailed by the American Record Guide as “an outstanding recording” that “feels the emotion of every note and phrase”.
A dedicated and tireless teacher, Sprott maintains teaching studios at several New York area institutions. He currently heads the brass department at Mannes College and holds faculty positions at Bard College, Rutgers University, and Juilliard Pre-College. He also regularly serves on the faculties of SICMF, PRIZM, Curtis Institute of Music’s Summerfest, National Youth Orchestra-USA (NYO-USA) and NYO2. He has previously held faculty positions at Juilliard's Music Advancement Program and Purchase College.
He appeared in Ben Niles’ documentary film Some Kind of Spark, which highlights the impact of music education in the lives of students as they attend Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program. Other documentary film credits include A Wayfarer's Journey:Listening to Mahler, and Rittenhouse Square. His thoughts are also quoted in Rhythms of the Game, a book by former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams. He also works with organizations like Play On Philly and Music Kitchen, and has sponsored educational opportunities and solicited instrument donations for disadvantaged students. His philanthropic spirit was recognized in an article by the Wall Street Journal, and he was the recipient of the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program Aspire Award. He is the Board Chair of the Friends of SICMF and a member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Artistsic Advisory Board. Weston is an active speaker, writer, and advisor for diversity and inclusion efforts in classical music.
Weston Sprott is an artist/clinician for the Antoine Courtois Instrument Company. He performs exclusively on Courtois trombones and designed and plays the Legend AC421BHW "New Yorker Model" trombone. Performances and interviews with Mr. Sprott have been seen and heard on PBS' Great Performances, NPR's Performance Today, MSNBC, and Sirius Satellite Radio.