Yesterday Weston Sprott, 2nd Trombone in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and one of the most renowned trombonists in the world visited St. Francis for a Master Class with Teaching Artist Joshua Popejoy's trombone classes. His easy going manner immediately put the students at ease. Anyone sitting in on the classes could see the improvement the players made from the beginning to the end of the class.
Weston attended Indiana University with Josh and then completed his studies at our own Curtis Institute here in Philadelphia. During his visit he spent a lot of time focusing on slurs and breathing to create different sounds. The classes played in rounds where each student had to create the sound started by Wes. He sat in with the kids and played a Schumann Chorale.
This was Weston's second visit to St. Francis and we hope he comes back for a third time.