Joined the RPO in 1986
Wesley Nance holds the position of Second Trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and is in his 29th season, having won a position with the orchestra in 1986 at the age of 17. In addition to his section duties in the orchestra, he is frequently called on to play Principal Trumpet, and has been featured as a soloist with the orchestra on several occasions. Also a composer, he has had several pieces commissioned and premiered by the RPO over the last several years under the batons of Jeff Tyzik and Michael Butterman.
Nance holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. For over 20 years he has been on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School, where his trumpet studio is highly regarded, and he directs a trumpet ensemble made up of the finest pre-college players in the area.
An active chamber musician, Nance is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and a frequent musical collaborator in the Rochester area. He has performed with the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, the Skaneateles Festival, and the Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival, and the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble.
Nance is also the director of the music programs at the Charles Finney School in Penfield.
Outside of music, Wesley Nance enjoys espresso, wine, tennis, sailing, salsa dancing with his lovely wife (RPO Assistant Concertmaster Shannon Nance), and a good movie downstairs in the home theater, where he’s likely to be joined by Shannon and their four children.