Weston Sprott enjoys an exciting career that includes orchestral, chamber, and solo performances, as well as numerous educational and outreach efforts. He is currently Dean of the Preparatory Division at the Juilliard School, leading the Juilliard Pre-College and Music Advancement Programs. Since 2005, he has also served as a trombonist in New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and he has been recognized as "an excellent trombonist" with a "sense of style and phrasing [that] takes a backseat to no one." 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 United States, Europe, South Africa, and Asia. He made his Carnegie Hall 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 holds faculty positions at Juilliard Pre-College and Bard College. He previously led the brass department at Mannes College and has held faculty positions at Rutgers University, Purchase College, and the Juilliard Music Advancement Program. 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's 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. He is the Board Chair of the Friends of SICMF, a member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Artistsic Advisory Board, and a member of the Avery Fisher Artist Program's Recommendation Board. Sprott is an active speaker, writer, and advisor for diversity and inclusion efforts in classical music.
Sprott is an artist/clinician for the Antoine Courtois Instrument Company. He designed and performs exclusively on the Courtois Creation New York trombone. Performances and interviews with Sprott have been seen and heard on PBS's Great Performances, NPR's Performance Today, MSNBC, and Sirius Satellite Radio. For more information, visit westonsprott.com.