Weston Sprott, trombone

Formal concert portrait.  White tie and tales.  Weston Sprott with trobone.

Weston Sprott plays trombone at the Metropolitan Opera, and is the Dean of the Juilliard Preparatory Division. Weston discusses his experiences at Indiana, his audition at Curtis, and what he learned about preparation and going above and beyond for his craft. Now he has enjoyed many years of music at the MET and is leading the charge to make sure that all kids know that there is a place for them in music. His work at the Juilliard Prep is exciting, engaging, and just what classical music needs!

Weston Sprott, trombone

In this episode, we are chatting with Weston Sprott, trombone with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Dean of the Preparatory Division of the Juilliard School. We chat about the unique journey that Weston took into the world of music, memorable performances, and the dreams he has for his new role as Dean.

Weston Sprott posing for a casual picutre at a cafe in Zurich.  Leaning on the bar of the cafe.
At a cafe in Zurich


Weston enjoys an exciting career that includes orchestral, chamber, and solo performances. He is a trombonist in New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, of which he has been a member since 2005. He has performed with several of the world’s leading orchestras and music festivals and has been a featured soloist throughout the United States, Europe, South Africa, and Asia. He has been recognized as “an excellent trombonist” with a “sense of style and phrasing [that] takes a backseat to no one”.


Weston Sprott is Dean of the Preparatory Division at The Juilliard School, leading the Juilliard Pre-College and Music Advancement Program. A dedicated and tireless teacher, Sprott holds faculty positions at Juilliard Pre-College and Bard College. He regularly serves on the faculties of numerous summer programs and appears frequently as a guest teacher at conservatories, universities, and other leading programs such as the New World Symphony and The Orchestra Now.

Thought Leadership

Weston is an active speaker, writer, and consultant for diversity and inclusion efforts in classical music. He is a recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence and the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program’s Aspire Award. He is the Board Chair of the Friends of SICMF, a member of the Bronx Arts Ensemble’s Artistic Advisory Board, and a member of the Avery Fisher Artist Program’s Recommendation Board. 

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