Brian Johnston is an alumnus of The University of Hartford's Hartt School (2013-2016). On November 12th, Brian took the audition for 2nd trombone of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, where he competed with nearly 40 other trombonists for that position. Brian was the 1st one to play that day, and was successful in both the preliminary round and the finals. After being successful, Brian was offered a trial period with the Orchestra where he had to play a few masterworks cycles with the orchestra to see if he was a good fit for the job. 3 months after the audition, and after multiple concerts with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Brian was awarded the 2nd trombone position. He is thrilled to have this position, since they are a very high level group, and they're very busy performing three or more cycles each month!
Brian has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Quad City Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Rockford Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra. His teaching positions include teaching at Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago high school for the Arts, Logos School of Music, and Minooka Music Studios. He studied with: Jay Friedman, John Rojak, John Faieta, and Reed Capshaw, and had many additional lessons with: Andy Malloy, and Mathew Russo. Brian is thankful for his time at Hartt, and definitely attributes it to his success thus far.
"I was so lucky to be at Hartt during the time that I was. I was studying with some of the greatest trombonists in the world, and had some truly amazing and hardworking colleagues. Hartt definitely launched me forward towards my musical career."
- Brian Johnston