Weston Sprott enjoys an exciting career that includes orchestral, chamber, and solo performances as well as numerous educational and outreach efforts. He is dean of Juilliard’s Preparatory Division and a trombonist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, of which he has been a member since 2005. He is a recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence and the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program Aspire Award.
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 Festival (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 U.S., Europe, South Africa, and Asia. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2007 and was a featured soloist with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2017. Sprott’s debut album, Act I, was released in 2010.
Sprott holds faculty positions at Juilliard Pre-College and Bard College; he previously led the brass department at Mannes College; and he has held faculty positions at Rutgers University, Purchase College, and Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program (MAP). 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 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 MAP. 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 a Wall Street Journal article. He is the board chair of the Friends of SICMF and a member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s artistic advisory board and the Avery Fisher Artist Program’s recommendation board. Sprott is an active speaker, writer, and advisor for diversity and inclusion efforts in classical music. An artist/clinician for the Antoine Courtois Instrument Company, he designed and performs exclusively on the Courtois Creation New York trombone.