MET Orchestra Musicians Master Classes

Lessonface presents a series of free live online Master Classes with MET Orchestra Musicians.

In each of these upcoming Master Classes, members of the MET Orchestra will give performance feedback to selected advanced-level students. Musicians of all levels and classical music fans alike may view the live interaction of the panelists and performers in real time, over Zoom video conferencing. Viewers may also submit questions ahead of time for the panelists to address in the live sessions.

We are now accepting applications for advanced-level performers in the Master Classes for cello, flute, horn, double bass, oboe, piccolo, and trombone. Find more information and apply here.


When

The Master Classes will be held on Sundays at 4 p.m. EDT on the following dates with the panelists listed.

• September 27: CLARINET: Anton Rist, Dean LeBlanc.
• October 11: CELLO: Jerry Grossman, Joel Noyes, Kari Jane Docter, Julia Bruskin.
• October 25: FLUTE: Chelsea Knox, Seth Morris, Maron Anis Khoury, Stephanie Mortimore.
• November 8: HORN: Eric Ralske, Brad Gemeinhardt, Anne Marie Scharer, Barbara Jöstlein Currie.
• November 22: DOUBLE BASS: Rex Surany, Leigh Mesh, Brendan Kane, Kingsley Wood.
• December 6: OBOE: Elaine Douvas, Susan Spector, Pedro Díaz.
• December 20: PICCOLO: Stephanie Mortimore, Koren McCaffrey.
• January 3: TROMBONE: Demian Austin, John Romero, Weston Sprott, Denson Paul Pollard.

Completed Master Classes:
• August 2: Violin: Sylvia Danburg Volpe, Catherine Ro, Katherine Fong. 
• August 16: Violin: Nancy Wu, Wen Qian, Sarah Crocker Vonsattel. 
• August 30: Violin: Qianwen Shen, Ann Lehmann, Garrett Fischbach. 
• September 13: Trumpet: David Krauss, Billy R. Hunter, Jr., James Ross, Raymond Riccomini.

Master Classes are planned for the following dates and instruments, with panelists TBA.
2021 Master Classes:
BASSOON: January 17
VIOLA: January 31
HARP: February 14th
TIMPANI: February 28
TUBA: March 14
ENGLISH HORN: March 28
PERCUSSION: April 11
VIOLIN: April 25

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How It Works

Viewers can join the live event using a computer or mobile device. The live sessions are also recorded and will be made available for later viewing on Lessonface. Applicants selected to perform in the Master Classes will be asked to test their internet connection, webcam, and microphone with Lessonface staff 48 hours prior to the scheduled start time. Learn more about applying to be a performer in the Master Classes here.


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CLARINET: September 27


Anton Rist

Anton Rist

Anton Rist was recently appointed Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the American Ballet Theater, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he served as the Principal Clarinetist of the Princeton and New Haven Symphonies.


Dean LeBlanc

Dean LeBlanc

Clarinetist Dean LeBlanc has been performing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as an Associate Musician since 1998. He enjoys a versatile performance career as an orchestral musician and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Lincoln Center Festival, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, Bard Music Festival, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.


CELLO: October 11


Jerry Grossman

Jerry Grossman

Jerry Grossman has been the principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1986. He has appeared in recital, and with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States. His highly acclaimed New York debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was followed by the American premiere of Kurt Weill’s 1920 Cello Sonata, leading to recording that work, as well as works by Dohnanyi, Prokofiev, Bartok, and Kodaly for Nonesuch Records. His recording of works for cello by Victor Herbert is available on New World Records. He has appeared as soloist in Carnegie Hall and on domestic and European tours with the Met Orchestra under James Levine playing Don Quixote by Richard Strauss.


Joel Noyes

Joel Noyes

Joel Noyes is Assistant Principal Cello of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. As a chamber musician and recitalist, Joel has appeared throughout the United States at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Bargemusic, Ltd. He performed with Renee Fleming in the opening night concert of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and has been seen there several times since as part of the Musicians from the Met chamber series with James Levine. He has also performed at festivals including Marlboro Music, La Jolla Summerfest, and Music from Angel Fire, and has collaborated with many of the world’s leading chamber musicians, including members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Vermeer Quartets.

– Visit Joel Noyes's profile on Lessonface.


Kari Jane Docter

Kari Jane Docter

Kari Jane Docter, cello, is a native of Minneapolis, MN. She was a student of Eleonore Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California, and graduated magna cum lauda from Rice University, where she studied with Norman Fischer. Upon graduation from Juilliard, as a masters’ student of Joel Krosnick, Kari entered the professional orchestra scene, which took her from the New World Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Utah Symphony, to the Minnesota Orchestra, where she played two seasons. In the fall of 2002, she joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. A lover of chamber music, Kari has been heard at such prestigious music festivals as Marlboro, Tanglewood, and the Grand Teton Music Festival, as well as on the smaller stages of Carnegie Hall with the MET Chamber Ensemble.


Julia Bruskin

Julia Bruskin

Since her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, cellist Julia Bruskin has established herself as one of the premiere cellists of her generation. She performed Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto with conductor Jahja Ling at Avery Fisher Hall and has also been soloist with the Nashville Symphony, Utah Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and Pacific Symphony among others. Her recent CD of music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Dohnanyi was praised by Fanfare Magazine for its “exquisite beauty of sound and expression”. Ms. Bruskin won 1st prize in the Schadt String Competition and was a prizewinner in the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria.


FLUTE: October 25


Chelsea Knox

Chelsea Knox

Chelsea Knox is the principal flutist of the MET Orchestra. A sought-after performer, Ms. Knox has held positions as assistant principal flute of the Baltimore Symphony and principal Flute of the New Haven and Princeton Symphonies. She has been hailed by the New York Times for her warmth, precision, and clarity, as well as by the New York Classical Review for her “expressive life and full tone.” An active orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Knox has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and IRIS Orchestra. She has won competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artists Competition and the Hartford Symphony Young Artists Competition.


Seth Morris

Seth Morris

Seth Morris serves as Principal Flute with the MET Orchestra and has been Principal Flute with the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras since 2012. He previously held positions with the New World Symphony and West Michigan Symphony and has performed with various ensembles including the Houston, Detroit, and Pacific Symphony Orchestras, American Ballet Theatre, and the Dallas Winds. Seth was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, as well as a member of the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria and the Bay View Music Festival. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Seth earned degrees from the University of Kentucky, New England Conservatory, and the University of Michigan. His teachers include Paula Robison, Amy Porter, Fenwick Smith, and Gordon Cole. Seth is a William S. Haynes Artist.


Maron Anis Khoury

Maron Anis Khoury

At age 20, virtuoso flutist Maron Anis Khoury became the youngest musician to join the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Born in the village of Tarshiha, Galilee, to a musical family, Khoury started playing the flute at the age of 11. Three years later, he was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to study with renowned flutist Jeffrey Khaner. Prior to his enrollment at Curtis, Khoury studied with Eyal Ein-Habar and Uri Shoham (Israel Philharmonic), Sara Andon (Idyllwild Arts Academy), and David Shostak (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.) Khoury is a recipient of several grants from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Charles M. Kanev Memorial Fellowship. In addition, he is a winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and the Schoen Fellowship Grant in honor of Charlotte White.


Stephanie Mortimore

Stephanie Mortimore

Stephanie Mortimore has held the position of Principal Piccolo with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2000. During the 2008-09 season, she served as Acting Principal Flute. Ms. Mortimore has won numerous distinctions, including first prize in the Myrna Brown Competition, the James Pappoutsakis Competition and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition. She can be heard on three Grammy Award winning recordings with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. An active recitalist and sought-after teacher, Ms. Mortimore has given numerous concerts and masterclasses in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, and in her native state of Wisconsin. She has performed as a soloist with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and will be giving the world premiere of Daniel Felsenfeld’s double piccolo concerto in Spring 2015 with Ensemble 212.

– Visit Stephanie Mortimore's profile on Lessonface.


HORN: November 8


Erik Ralske

Erik Ralske

Erik Ralske was appointed by Maestro James Levine as Principal Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra beginning with the 2010-2011 season. On July 6, 2010 he was featured in a front-page article in the New York Times for having won both the Met Opera position and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Horn position in the same week!


Brad Gemeinhardt

Brad Gemeinhardt

Brad Gemeinhardt, 3rd Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, has performed in a broad range of classical and commercial settings, including performances as guest Principal horn with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, many Broadway shows, television and radio jingles, commercial recordings, and motion picture soundtracks.


Anne Marie Scharer

Anne Marie Scharer

Anne Marie Scharer has been playing horn in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since the 1997-1998 season. She was appointed to second horn by James Levine in 2016. Previously she played third horn for thirteen seasons and fourth horn for six seasons. Anne was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and went on to study music at Indiana University and The Juilliard School. Her first professional orchestral position was in Oviedo, Spain as co-principal horn. In 1994 she returned to the United States and played associate principal/third horn with the Columbus Symphony for three years before joining the Met. In addition to her work with the Opera, she teaches horn at Interlochen Center for the Arts and records for commercial and movie soundtracks.

– Visit Anne Marie Scharer's profile on Lessonface.


Barbara Jöstlein Currie

Barbara Jöstlein Currie

Barbara Jöstlein Currie joined the Met Orchestra in 1998, as assistant horn. A year later, she won the 4th horn position, which she has held since. Growing up in Chicago and studying with former CSO musicians Phil Farkas and Nancy Fako, she left for New York to study with former Met Principal Horn, Julie Landsman, at the Juilliard School with a full scholarship. During her studies, she took a year off to play third and associate horn with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel.

– Visit Barbara Jöstlein Currie's profile on Lessonface.


DOUBLE BASS: November 22


Rex Surany

Rex Surany

Rex Surany is the Principal Bassist of The Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He is also a professor of classical double bass performance at The Juilliard School. His musical education began with piano lessons when he was 7 years old. After two years, he switched exclusively to the double bass with Robert Peterson of Trenton, New Jersey. In 2002, upon completing the Vance Progressive Repertoire with Peterson, Rex Surany proceeded to study Rabbath Method with Nicholas Walker, professor of double bass at Ithaca College, and joined the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra under the direction of maestro Joseph Primavera.


Leigh Mesh

Leigh Mesh

Leigh Mesh, Associate Principal Bass, joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1993. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he has taught master classes at the New World Symphony in Miami, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Mesh has performed regularly at the Verbier Music Festival, and with the MET Chamber Ensemble, the Caramoor Virtuosi, and the Brentano and Tokyo String Quartets. He lives with his wife and two children in New York, and pursues cycling and skiing whenever he can. Mr. Mesh is an exclusive artist for Thomastik-Infeld Strings.

– Visit Leigh Mesh's profile on Lessonface.


Brendan Kane

Brendan Kane

Double Bassist Brendan Kane has performed extensively throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Originally from Stillwater, Minnesota, Mr. Kane joined the bass section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the Fall of 2014. Prior to his appointment at the Met, Mr. Kane held the positions of Assistant Principal Bass of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Principal Bass of the Minas Gerias Philharmonic Orchestra in Brazil. He is also a former member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach and regularly appears around the world as Principal Bass of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.


Kingsley Wood

Kingsley Wood

Kingsley J. Wood has been a member of the Met Orchestra since 2001. He was formerly a member of the Louisville Orchestra. Kingsley graduated from Peabody Conservatory where he studied with John Hood and is originally from Palo Alto, CA.


OBOE: Dececmber 6


Elaine Douvas

Elaine Douvas

Elaine Douvas has been Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera since 1977, highlighted by her performance of the Strauss Oboe Concerto with Maestro Levine the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and many performances with the MET Chamber Ensemble. She has served on the oboe faculty of The Juilliard School since 1982 and was appointed Woodwind Department Chairman in 1997. She has given master classes at the Curtis and Cleveland Institutes of Music, the Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music, the New World Symphony, and the Conservatories of Beijing, Shanghai, and London’s Royal Academy of Music. In the summers, Ms. Douvas is an artist/faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and she is a past participant in the Marlboro, Grand Teton, Angel Fire, and Bravo! Colorado Festivals. Her solo CDs are issued by Boston Records, Oboe Classics, and Music Minus One. Having trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy, her first job was Principal Oboe of the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw. For the past 20 years she has devoted her spare time to figure skating and has passed eleven USFSA tests in free-style and “moves”. This season’s non-Met project is the Messiaen “Concerto a Quatre” with her quartet “Pleasure is the Law” and the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall on March 2, 2014.


Susan Spector

Susan Spector

Susan Spector has served as Second Oboist of the MET Orchestra since the fall of 1992. She has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony and served as Principal Oboe of the Spokane Symphony and Wheeling Symphony. In 1995, Ms. Spector performed in Geneva, Switzerland, at the invitation of Sir Georg Solti, as part of the “Orchestra for Peace”, in a performance commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations. Ms. Spector studied with Richard Woodhams, John deLancie and Rhadames Angelucci; she holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Wichita State University and Temple University, respectively. Ms. Spector served as a classical music announcer at NPR stations KMUW in Wichita and KPBX in Spokane. An avid Mets fan, Ms. Spector contributes regular posts about her team to her blog, Perfect Pitch. She resides in Leonia, New Jersey, with her husband, Garry, and daughter, Melanie.


Pedro Díaz

Pedro Díaz

Before being named Solo English Horn with the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera in 2005, Pedro Díaz had performed extensively on five continents. He has served extended tenures as oboe and/or English horn with the Filarmonica Jalisco (Mexico), the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia (Spain), the Natal Philharmonic (South Africa) and the Pittsburgh Opera. His appearances as soloist include those at the Spoleto (Italy) Festival, with the New York Symphonic Ensemble (Japan tour), The Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa and with the Puerto Rico Symphony. Two solo appearences at the International Double Reed Society’s conventions, one of them the performance of Michael Daugherty’s “Spaghetti Western.”


PICCOLO: Dececmber 20


Stephanie Mortimore

Stephanie Mortimore

Stephanie Mortimore has held the position of Principal Piccolo with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2000. During the 2008-09 season, she served as Acting Principal Flute. Ms. Mortimore has won numerous distinctions, including first prize in the Myrna Brown Competition, the James Pappoutsakis Competition and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition. She can be heard on three Grammy Award winning recordings with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. An active recitalist and sought-after teacher, Ms. Mortimore has given numerous concerts and masterclasses in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, and in her native state of Wisconsin. She has performed as a soloist with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and will be giving the world premiere of Daniel Felsenfeld’s double piccolo concerto in Spring 2015 with Ensemble 212.

– Visit Stephanie Mortimore's profile on Lessonface.


Koren McCaffrey

Koren McCaffrey

Koren McCaffrey is an Associate Musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Performing with the Met Opera since 2007, she appears regularly with both the Met Orchestra and Met Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, and on the Met Opera’s Live in HD and radio broadcasts. In June 2011, Koren toured Japan with the Met Opera. In addition to the flute, Koren is an avid piccoloist, and can be heard on the Met’s Grammy Award Winning recordings of Adams’ Doctor Atomic and Wagner’s Das Ring des Nibelungen. As a member of both the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Verbier Chamber Orchestra, Koren toured over fifteen countries on four continents. In addition to the Verbier Festival, she has also performed at the Spoleto (U.S.) and Aspen Music Festivals, and Festival Mosaic in San Luis Obispo. Koren is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music.


TROMBONE: January 3


Demian Austin

Demian Austin

Demian Austin is principal trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is also a member of the MET Chamber Ensemble, which performs regularly at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel halls. He has performed with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and in the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center. Mr. Austin has played on numerous recordings including the Metropolitan Opera Brass CDs, several movie soundtracks, Dialogues with Double Bass with Jeremy McCoy on Bridge Records, the GM Recordings issue of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Brahms’ First Symphony conducted by Gunther Schuller, and many recordings with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, including Strauss’ Tod und Verklarung. He can also be heard regularly on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Live at the Met Broadcasts, the Saturday Matinee Broadcasts of the Met, and on The Met: Live in HD worldwide movie simulcasts. Mr. Austin is also on the faculty of Juilliard’s precollege division. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1992 from Oberlin College, where he studied with Raymond Premru, and his Masters of Music degree in 1995 from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Per Brevig. Aside from his career in music, Mr. Austin has a keen interest in film and has attended several intensive seminars on screenwriting.


John Romero

John Romero

John Romero is the Principal Trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, beginning in 2018, and is an S.E. Shires Performing Artist. He previously held the same position in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. A local of Longview, Texas, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Baylor University studying with Brent Phillips and a Master of Music degree from Rice University studying under Allen Barnhill. Romero is an active soloist and clinician, presenting recitals and masterclasses at the International Trombone Festival, the Blast of Brass Festival, the Juilliard School, and other universities. As a student, he was a successful solo and chamber music competitor, winning the Larry Wiehe competition in 2012 at the annual International Trombone Festival in Paris, France, as well as ITF’s Marstallar competition in 2013, the Big XII Trombone Conference Tenor Competition, Eastern Trombone Workshop’s Division II Tenor Competition, the ETW Quartet competition, the TCU Quartet Competition, and Baylor University’s Concerto competition.


Weston Sprott

Weston Sprott

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 the Preparatory Division at The Juilliard School and 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”. 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 Fesitval (SICMF), Classical Tahoe, Festival Napa Valley, Walla Chamber Music Festival, Chineke!, PRIZM Ensemble, and numerous others.


Denson Paul Pollard

Denson Paul Pollard

Denson Paul Pollard began as bass/tenor trombonist/bass trumpet player with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in September, 2007. Pollard was the bass trombonist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic from 2001-2007. He has also been bass trombonist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, and the Principal Trombonist of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. Pollard has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His teachers have included Dr. Jim Roberts, Dr. David Gier, George Krem, Charles Vernon and Joeseph Alessi. Pollard was awarded the Master of Musical Arts degree and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where he served as a teaching assistant in the areas of musicology, jazz and applied trombone. Pollard also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. Pollard is a member of the brass faculty at the Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, and Bard College. He is a faculty member of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan during the summer.
 


    TRUMPET: September 13


    David Krauss

    David Krauss

    David Krauss joined The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2001 and occupies the Beth W. and Gary A. Glynn endowed chair. He has has performed with James Levine in the MET chamber series at Carnegie Hall and has appeared as guest principal trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. A native of Long Island, New York, he earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of William Vacchiano and Chris Gekker. Prior to joining the MET, he performed with a variety of ensembles in and around New York City, including Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The New York Philharmonic, and several Broadway shows. David co-produced three recordings–Metropolitan Opera Brass, Waltzes, Songs & Festive Scenes and Sacrae Symphoniae.


    Billy R. Hunter, Jr.

    Billy R. Hunter, Jr.

    A native of Austin, Texas, Billy Hunter is currently Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Before this, he was Principal with the New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival Italy orchestras, and has performed as Guest Principal with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Germany, Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras he has performed with are the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Baltimore, and Dallas Symphonies. As a chamber musician and soloist Mr. Hunter has performed with several ensembles and music festivals including Grant Park Orchestra, New World Symphony, University of Texas Symphony and Wind Ensemble, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival and the MET Chamber Ensemble.


    James Ross

    James Ross

    Trumpeter James Ross joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1994. Previously, he was PrincipalTtrumpet of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and a frequent performer with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra. His freelance activities have included performances as Principal Trumpet at Tanglewood with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and concerts with the New York-based chamber orchestra, Orpheus. He has been a guest of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and was a member of the NY Philharmonic. Mr. Ross attended the University of British Columbia, St. Louis Conservatory, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.


    Raymond Riccomini

    Raymond Riccomini

    Raymond Riccomini, trumpet, joined the Metropolitan Opera orchestra in 2004. Prior to this, Raymond frequently performed, toured and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, including as guest Principal trumpet. He has also held the positions of second trumpet in the New Jersey Symphony and Principal trumpet of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Raymond was a founding member of the Manhattan Brass Quintet and was a winner in the 1993 Fischoff Chamber music competition. In 2006, Raymond performed as Principal trumpet in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 as part of Riverside Church’s 75th Anniversary celebration with members of the Detroit Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Neeme Jarvi.

    – Visit Raymond Riccomini's profile on Lessonface.


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