John Romero began his position as Principal Trombone with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in September 2018, after serving as Principal Trombone of the Fort Worth Symphony from 2016. 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 has been an active and successful solo competitor. His accomplishments include 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, and Baylor University’s Concerto competition. In addition to the concerto performance at Baylor, he has been a featured soloist at Blast of Brass’s summer festival.
As a private lessons teacher, Romero currently teaches in the Houston area but will begin teaching in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in August of 2016. His students range from many backgrounds and experience levels and frequently show improvement in placement auditions and competitions such as Texas UIL All-State and UIL Solo and Ensemble. As a native Texan who was trained in Texas and who is working in a Texas Symphony, Romero knows from experience what the judges are looking for and how to combat the challenges of the experience.
When not practicing classical music, Romero’s non-trombone related passions include rock climbing, mountain biking, guitar, piano, jazz. cooking, good coffee, and golfing.
Etude 1 - Andante affettuoso
Etude 2 - Allegretto by Bohme
Praised by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for his “gorgeous and moving solo work,” Kyle Sherman joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2016. Originally from La Grange, Texas, Mr. Sherman is an alumnus of the Yale School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Round Top Festival. Kyle has appeared with the Dallas Symphony, and as a soloist with the Garland, Arlington, and Las Colinas symphony orchestras. He has also performed on the Broadway national tours of the Book of Mormon, Porgy & Bess, and Matilda, among others.
An active and dedicated educator, he regularly appears as a clinician and recitalist at universities throughout Texas and the United States. His current and former students can be found in the Dallas and Fort Worth Youth Symphonies, as well as college music schools throughout the country.
2018-2019 ATSSB All-State Trumpet Etude 1 - Voxman Pg. 8, Adagio Cantabile
2018-2019 ATSSB All-State Trumpet Etude 2 - Voxman Pg. 27, Allegretto
Mark Houghton has been a member of the internationally acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Previously he held principal horn posts in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Mark is a past prizewinner of national solo horn competitions, and has appeared as a guest artist or soloist with many notable orchestras and music festivals. Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell wrote of Houghton: “He had a tone of burnished elegance and amazing expressive range, and he delivered some protracted decrescendos that took the breath away.” Mr. Houghton holds a degree from the Eastman School of Music (BM with Performer’s Certificate), a student of W. Peter Kurau. A passionate educator, Mark has presented numerous clinics and masterclasses across the nation, and currently serves as adjunct professor of horn at Duquesne University. Mark is an owner of Houghton Horns and manages Artistic Ambassadorship, Events and Strategic Planning.