Philadelphia Orchestra musicians visit Haverford High School

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On Friday, January 17th, many music students gathered for clinics with esteemed musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Trombonist Matt Vaughn and violinist Richard Amoroso spoke with members of the high school band and orchestra, as well as visiting students from the middle school. Both musicians have been playing in the Orchestra for over a decade, with many musical accomplishments to their names. Said sophomore and oboist Collin McCrossan, “Even though I’m not a brass or string player, I think that they [had] insightful tips on breathing and other things that make up the technique that all wind players use”.

The musicians certainly had many tips for the students in the audience. Vaughn explained his vigorous practice schedule, and demonstrated some of his practice techniques. He drew upon junior trombonist Owen Pollock (pictured in gallery) to demonstrate some breathing exercises. Later on in the assembly, Vaughn was joined by Amoroso, and the two played some duet excerpts.

Matt Vaughn, born in Texas and raised in Indiana, explained to his audience that he didn’t come from a remarkably musical family. Like many Haverford students, he began playing the trombone in the 4th grade, taking it upon himself to join many musical ensembles. In college, Vaughn majored in both music and computer science. Later on, Vaughn was a member of the Air Force Band, as well as the San Antonio Symphony, before settling in with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is now the principal trombonist for the orchestra. Currently, Vaughn is also an instructor at the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University. Learn more about Vaughn and his events at

Richard Amoroso, whose career has been more local, has an equally musical background. He has been involved with the Philadelphia Orchestra since age 14, when he won a competition and was able to perform a solo with the Orchestra. After graduating from Dickinson College, Amoroso was a part of many groups including the Philly Pops, various performances at Carnegie Hall, and the Philadelphia Singers. Amoroso, who currently lives in West Chester, gives private lessons. To learn more about Amoroso, or to contact him for lessons, visit his website at

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