From the piedmont of North Carolina, Kentucky-based trumpeter and visual artist Abby Temple is passionate about chamber music, orchestral performance, early music, contemporary works, and the intersection of music and art. A sound-lover at heart, Abby’s life has always included art and music fully intertwined, with strong imagery and senses connected to musical tones and timbres. She currently serves on faculty at the University of Kentucky as an Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet, where she assists in teaching the trumpet studio, plays in the UK Faculty Brass Quintet, and serves as Assistant Director of the UK Summer Trumpet Institute.
Abby is a co-founder of Chroma Collective, a chamber ensemble that combines music and visual art in interactive performances and promotes composers from historically marginalized backgrounds. In addition to Chroma Collective, chamber music is a staple of her performance repertoire, ranging from historically informed Telemann suites, Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, classic brass quintet works, and contemporary ensembles of all kinds.
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). On modern trumpet, she served as Co-Principal Trumpet with the Du Bois Orchestra (Cambridge, MA). As a soloist, Abby performs programs of her own artistic connections by incorporating multi-disciplinary art, free improvisation, and teaching artistry. She also enjoys programming traditional trumpet and organ recitals throughout Kentucky with organist, Grant Holcomb.
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" (Sonitus Records), "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, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, and the International Women’s Brass Conference. Following the ITG Conference in 2019, she was a co-founder of the first International Trumpet Guild Student Group, designed to connect young trumpet players throughout the United States and beyond.
She holds a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, where she served as a Teaching Assistant in Longy’s El Sistema program, teaching trumpet students from third grade through seniors in high school. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and a Certificate in Baroque Trumpet from the University of Kentucky. Abby has studied trumpet with Ashley Hall, Andy Kozar, Jason Dovel, Tim Hudson, and Tim Phillips.