From the piedmont of North Carolina, Boston-based trumpeter and visual artist Abby Temple is passionate about chamber music, orchestral performance, early music, and the intersection of music and art. Abby’s life has always included art and music fully intertwined, with strong imagery connected to musical tones and timbres, just as a musical melodic phrase runs parallel to a painter’s brush stroke.
As a chamber musician, Abby is a founding member of Bluegrass Brass, a brass quintet that has been playing together since 2016. As a soloist, she has performed Charles Ives’s The Unanswered Question with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (NYC), won the 2020 University of Kentucky Concerto Competition, and recently completed a tour throughout Kentucky performing recitals for solo trumpet and organ with organist, Grant Holcomb. A versatile performer, comfortable to play the music of many styles and eras, she has performed on baroque trumpet with Mountainside Baroque (Cumberland, MD) and Bourbon Baroque (Louisville, KY).
As a recording artist, Ms. Temple can be heard with the University of Kentucky Trumpet Studio on John Hyde: A New and Complete Preceptor for the Trumpet and Bugle Horn, Andromeda: New Music for Trumpet Ensemble (Sonitus Records), and Music for Natural Trumpets (New Branch Records).
Abby has attended the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, the Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival, the Grand Valley International Trumpet Seminar, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Following the ITG Conference in 2019, she was a founder of the first International Trumpet Guild Student Group, designed to connect young trumpet players throughout the United States and beyond. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from the University of Kentucky and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston, MA, where she serves as a Teaching Assistant in Longy’s El Sistema Program. Through this program she has taught students from third grade through seniors in high school, and thanks to the Zoom platform, was able to reach students across the globe in Venezuela. She has studied trumpet with Jason Dovel, Tim Phillips, Tim Hudson, and currently studies with Ashley Hall and Andy Kozar.