Robert W. Earley joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1992. He was associate principal trumpet of the Montreal Symphony from 1982 to 1991, where he also performed as soloist. Earley has been principal trumpet of the Opera Company of Boston and has also played with the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Boston Symphony.
He has recorded a disc of works by Gabrieli with the Canadian Brass. Earley is currently an instructor of trumpet at Temple University and Rowan University. He has also served on the trumpet faculty at McGill University in Montreal and has been a guest professor of trumpet at both the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. He has led master classes throughout the United States, Canada, and South America. His former students are members of various orchestras in the United States and Canada.
Earley received a bachelors of music degree in education from the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin-Wallace College in 1977, and went on to earn a masters of music degree with honors in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1979. His teachers include James Darling, Armando Ghitalla, and William Vacchiano. Earley resides in Madison, New Jersey.