Temple Painter (born 1933 Pulaski, Virginia) is an American harpsichordist and organist.
He has performed as solo organist with members of the New York Philharmonic, as harpsichord soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and as solo harpsichordist for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as solo pianist, harpsichordist and organist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and concertized extensively in the United States, Europe and Israel.
His 1962 critically acclaimed recording, "Temple Painter-Harpsichord Recital" on the Artia-Parliament label was cited by the New York Times in 1964 as "the most satisfying" of the five harpsichord recordings reviewed that year.
Painter graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and was the recipient of several honors and awards including the Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant and an honorary Doctorate from the Combs College of Music. In addition, he was a National Arts Associate of the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. For 40 years he was the permanent harpsichordist for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and for 45 years the organist at Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he was Associate Professor of Music at Haverford College for 13 years, and a Lecturer in Music at both Immaculata College and Temple University.
In 1969 he composed "Two Festive Marches," which were published by Transcontinental Music Publications. They are dedicated to Rabbi Yaakov G. Rosenburg and Congregation Adath Jeshurun of Elkins Park, Pa., where Painter was organist. They are intended to be used as wedding processionals.
"Festive March No. 1" is based on the melody, "Shir Hamaalos" by Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt, and is a stately piece in D minor, with a "steady" pedal part. No. 2 is more festive with flourishes, and is in a bright F major.