KRIS PALMER, Flute
Doctorate of Musical Arts
"Liebermann's Sonata got a splendid
performance tonight. Palmer inhabited the
Lento con rubato with sensuous tone and pace,
seamlessly joining the flute's registers into one
voice. The following Presto energico was its
spiky foil, delivered with all the propulsion one
could hope for. Most performers go no further,
but Palmer described larger structures; this
elevated the music from its apparent perpetuum
mobile quality to realms of greater scope."
-New York Concert Review
Review in the San Francisco Examiner, May
Copyright 2016 Kris Palmer, DMA
Dr. Palmer made her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2001 as a winner in the Artists International
Competition. Other awards include second prize in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition, first
prize in both the Carmel Chamber Music Society Competition and Houston's Ruth Burr Awards, third prize in the
Hemphill-Wells Sorantin Young Artist Awards in Texas, and fourth prize in Texas' Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young
Artist Competition and in the William C. Byrd Competition in Michigan. She has performed as a soloist and
chamber musician throughout California since 1996. She is the founder and lead artist of Black Cedar.
Noted for her performances of music from the eighteenth century, Dr. Palmer has performed the concerti of C.P.E.
Bach and Mozart in the United States and Europe, and she is the author of the book, Ornamentation According to
C.P.E. Bach and J.J. Quantz. She released her solo CD, Versailles, on the Stillwater Sound label featuring her own
arrangements of seventeenth and eighteenth century French music. American Music Teacher Magazine writes,
"Clearly, Palmer is knowledgeable about ornamentation...her knowledge of the subject is very thorough." She is a
frequent guest lecture on eighteenth-century performance practices, including the 2011 San Francisco Flute
Festival and the 2013 San Diego Flute Guild's Spring Festival.
Dr. Palmer is a former member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, where she served as Acting Principal
Flutist on multiple state-wide tours. She has held the position of Principal Flutist with the Chamber Orchestra of
Albuquerque and Second Flutist with the Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles. She has performed an an ensemble
musician with the Houston Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, the Ohio Light Opera Company, the Sarasota
Music Festival, and the Texas Music Festival. Currently, Dr. Palmer performs regularly with the Santa Cruz County
Symphony, the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Lamplighters Musical Theatre, the Modesto Symphony, Golden State
Theatre Productions, the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra, and the Diablo Valley Masterworks
Dr. Palmer can be heard in soprano, Helene Zindarsian's latest album, Janabar, featuring Armenian Liturgical
Dr. Palmer earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University. She has studied with Carol Wincenc, Leone
Buyse, Walfrid Kujala, Aralee Dorough, John Thorne, Anne Diener Zentner, the late Roger S. Stevens, and
Gaetano Schiavone in Rome, Italy, and she has taught intermediate and advanced private flute instruction for over
eighteen years. She runs the flute program at the Dominican School of Music in Fremont, California.
Black Cedar in concert at San Francisco's Center for New Music, May 2015.