Burt Mason (New York, NY) is an associate musician of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and principal Trombone of the Chamber Orchestra of NY(CONY). Mason has performed with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Alan Gilbert, Mstislav Rostropovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Skitch Henderson, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Radio City Music Hall.
Mason started trombone at age twelve but received formal lessons once he entered college at the Crane School of Music. Despite this, Mason’s natural skills placed him as a finalist in the 1st annual NY Philharmonic Young Performers Audition, the NAfME/MENC All-Eastern Band, the NY’s All-State Band and Orchestra, and winner of several music contests during high school. At Crane, Mason won the school’s prestigious Concerto Competition as a freshman.
Mason has been featured on multiple recordings with the NY Staff Band and CONY and has recorded on many movie soundtracks, including: A Dog’s Purpose, Lion King, Space Jam 2, Salem’s Lot, Da Five Bloods, The Color Purple, and Haunted Mansion. Mason performs regularly with the Gateways Music Festival and Chinike! Orchestra, groups with a mission to increase diversity in orchestral and classical music.
BA Mus – Crane School of Music
MBA in Arts Admin – Binghamton University
MM in Orchestral Performance – Manhattan School of Music