Leonard (Lennie) Foy is Professor of Trumpet at the DePauw University School of Music. A native of the “City of Arts and Innovation”, Winston-Salem, NC, he was born to both a musically dedicated community and musically gifted family. His mother, Elsie Griffin Foy, is a retired soprano and distinguished music educator while his father, the late Bernard T. Foy, Sr., was a renowned pianist and former Supervisor of Music for the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County schools. In 2017, his alma mater R. J. Reynolds Senior High School––a nationally celebrated arts magnet for the past decade––honored the first of its most creative alumni by inducting Lennie as an inaugural member of the Arts Hall of Fame.
Lennie is one of the most versatile trumpeters of his generation. Praised as soloist, chamber musician, collaborative artist, and clinician in both jazz and classical performing arts, his career includes performances with a variety of celebrity artists and ensembles at prominent venues in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Finland, Argentina, England, Egypt, and Russia. His appearances include extensive engagement with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the GRAMMY Award-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra, as an inaugural member with both the Gateways Festival Orchestra for classical musicians of African descent and also the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, which is acclaimed to be “the best Jazz Repertory Band in the country” (The New Yorker). He has additionally been performing cornet since 2003 with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, admired as the “Rolls Royce of Brass Bands” (Brass Band World). He has performed with a wide range of conductors from jazz notables David Baker, John Clayton, and Quincy Jones, to maestros Kenneth Schermerhorn, Leonard Slatkin, and Giancarlo Guerrero. He currently resides in Indianapolis, IN, where he maintains a regional presence as soloist, orchestra musician, jazz big band and small group performer, chamber musician, and veteran studio recording artist for prominent publishing and production companies.
A highly sought after soloist and collaborative musician, Lennie has performed with jazz artists Wycliffe Gordon, Peter Erskine, John Fedchock; classical performance ensembles Tromba Mundi, Nashville Chamber Brass Society, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Gateways Brass Collective, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra; touring jazz groups the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Glen Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra; and a variety of feature orchestras including artists Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Maureen McGovern, Frank Sinatra Jr., the Temptations, Andy Williams, and Stevie Wonder. Lennie has acclaimed recordings with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, DePauw University Band, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Professor Foy is a dedicated teacher committed to sustained excellence in teaching, scholarly, and creative work as recognized by his recent appointment as the Cassel Grubb University Professor of Music at DePauw University. Additionally, he serves as artist/faculty at Shell Lake Arts Camp, Birch Creek Academy, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and has taught outreach education events sponsored by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Columbus Jazz Arts Group, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. A proud and devoted teacher since 1985, his students have won top prizes in competitions and hold top professional performing and teaching positions. Lennie has been featured artist/clinician for leading conferences, university events, and festivals including the Ravinia Festival, International Trumpet Guild Conference, University of Wisconsin Jazz Festival, Purdue University Jazz Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, Tennessee Music Educators Conference, Wisconsin School Music Association Conference, Illinois Music Educators State Honors Festival, and North Carolina Music Educators Association.
Professor Foy holds a bachelor and master's degree from the University of Rochester (NY) - Eastman School of Music where he was awarded the coveted Performer’s Certificate and has completed extensive work as a doctoral candidate at the Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN. Lennie is a Conn-Selmer artist.