Joseph Damian Foley has been principal trumpet of the Rhode Island Philharmonic since 1990. A former founding member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Foley has performed in more than a dozen countries on four continents. He has also performed and toured with many prestigious ensembles including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, and New York Philharmonic, as well as the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Musica Viva, New Hampshire Symphony, Opera Providence, Springfield Symphony, and the All-American College Orchestra at EPCOT Center.
As a soloist, Foley has performed with many ensembles, including the Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, and the contemporary music ensemble ALEA III.
Foley is also a gifted arranger, with over fifty brass transcriptions to his credit. Among his highly praised arrangements for brass are Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. He has also arranged and composed for such diverse ensembles as full symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble.
As an educator, he has taught at many prestigious institutions, including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, The Boston Conservatory, Boston College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University. He has given clinics and masterclasses at music schools around the world.
B.M., M.M., Boston University; twice named “Outstanding Brass Player.” Trumpet studies at B.U. with Roger Voisin, Rolf Smedvig, and Peter Chapman, and composition with Samuel Headrick; also studies with Arnold Jacobs, Bob McCoy, and Vince Penzerella. Also faculty of Rhode Island College, UMass/Lowell, Boston University, Wellesley College.