Faculty & Staff
John Romero is Principal Trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and an S.E. Shires Performing Artist. He previously held the same position in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2018. He grew up in the famous Texas band system, winning competitions at the State level, including 1st chair in the Texas UIL All-State band and Outstanding Performer at UIL Solo and Ensemble Competition. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Baylor University, and his master's degree from Rice University.
During college, Mr. Romero competed at the national to international level in 7 solo competitions, winning 5 of them, and 2 of 3 trombone quartet competitions. These included 2 solo contests at the International Trombone Festival and the Baylor Concerto Competition, where he played the Bourgeois Trombone Concerto. Recently, he qualified for the prestigious 2019 International XVI Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia, where he made it to the top 33% in the semifinals.
In addition to his performing duties, Mr. Romero is in high demand as a private lesson instructor and master class clinician, having given master classes at places such as the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the 2019 International Trombone Festival, and many others.