Riley Conley joined the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra as principal trumpet in 2022, and is the Instructor of Trumpet at Denison University. A native of Pennsylvania, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Baldwin Wallace University and a Master of Music degree at The Colburn School. His primary teachers are Jack Sutte and James Wilt.
Mr. Conley has frequently performed throughout Ohio with the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Firelands Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Ashland Symphony, the Cincinnati Opera, and most recently made his international debut in Anguilla as principal trumpet with the World Doctors Orchestra. He has been fortunate to work with esteemed conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Rossen Milanov, Rafael Payare, Robert Spano, and Patrick Summers.
Summer engagements include performing with the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra, as well as fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival, the National Music Festival, the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, the Detroit Symphony Brass Institute, the Cincinnati Symphony Brass Institute, and the Pierre Monteux School. His additional former teachers include Raymond Mase, Kevin Cobb, Micah Wilkinson, John Brndiar, and Robert Dolwick.
An avid composer of trumpet literature, Riley wrote his first work, Three Miniatures for Solo Trumpet (recorded by Jack Sutte) in 2018. He is currently working on a book of twenty lyrical etudes, to be published in 2022.
Riley Conley is a Vincent Bach Performing Artist.