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Joseph Foley, principal trumpet

Oct 24 2018

Joseph Damian Foley is Professor of Trumpet at Rhode Island College, where his responsibilities include studio instruction of all undergraduate and graduate trumpet students, coaching of brass chamber ensembles, and master classes in brass performance. He is also a member of the faculty ensemble, the Narragansett Brass Quintet.

He is a native of Concord, New Hampshire and attended Boston University as a Trustee Scholar, a full four-year academic scholarship. He received his Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees from that institution, and was twice given the award for “Outstanding Brass Player.” While there he studied trumpet with Roger Voisin, Rolf Smedvig, and Peter Chapman, as well as composition with Samuel Headrick. Additional studies followed with Arnold Jacobs, Vince Penzerella, James Pandolfi, and Bob McCoy. He has performed in more than a dozen countries on four continents.

As an orchestral musician, Mr. Foley is Principal Trumpet of the Rhode Island Philharmonic (since 1990), the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) of Houston, TX. He has performed and toured with such prestigious ensembles as the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Ballet of London, and the New York Philharmonic, among many others.

A highly sought after chamber musician, he is a former founding member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, which garnered grand prizes at six international chamber music competitions during his tenure. In addition, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Brass Quintet, the Empire Brass, Burning River Brass, the Metropolitan Opera Brass, ALEA III, and at the Santa Fe, Buzzard’s Bay, and Newport Chamber Music Festivals.

As a soloist, he has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber orchestra, and at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Recently he was soloist with the RIC Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of the Trumpet Concerto by Harold Shapero. His first solo CD is due out this year.

At RIC, Professor Foley also directs the Concert Jazz Ensemble and has led collaborations with such jazz luminaries as Doc Severinsen, Byron Stripling, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Greg Abate, and Shawnn Monteiro.
Mr. Foley is also a gifted arranger, with over fifty brass transcriptions to his credit. He has a arranged and composed for ensembles ranging from brass quintet to jazz ensemble to full symphony orchestra.

As an educator, he has taught at many prestigious institutions, including Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, Boston College, MIT, and Harvard University. A clinician for the Vincent Bach Corporation, he has given clinics and master classes around the world.

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