The Flute Program at The Dominican Sisters School of Music
43326 Mission Boulevard at Mission San Jose in Fremont, California


Copyright 2017 Kris Palmer, DMA

allisonTHE FLUTE PROGRAM AT THE DOMINICAN SISTERS SCHOOL OF MUSIC in Fremont, California is open to intermediate and advanced level flutists of all ages. Space is limited and entry is by audition only. The program includes:

Instrument technique, music theory, solo repertoire, and chamber music repertoire.
Three yearly solo and chamber music recital performances in the School of Music Recital Hall.
Coaching and preparation for competitons and auditions.

CBDA All State Honor Band
Nor Cal All State Honor Band
Junior Bach Festival
Bay Area Music Association Competitions
CMTANC International Music Competition
MTAC Certificate of Merit Convention Honors

Dr. Palmer holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University where she studied with Carol Wincenc. Her awards include first prize in the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, second prize in the NFA Young Artist Competition, a Carnegie Recital Debut with Artists International, and a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. A former member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, she is a solo recording artist and the lead artist of Black Cedar.

She is the author of the book, Ornamentation According to C.P.E. Bach and J.J. Quantz, and she is a frequent guest lecturer and clinician on the subject of Baroque and Classical performance practices. American Music Teacher Magazine writes, "Clearly, Palmer is knowledgeable about ornamentation...her knowledge of the subject is very thorough."

Congratulations to members of the DSSM 2016-2017 flute studio:

Allison Chang – winner of a Young Recitalist Award from the Fremont Symphony, and second prize winner in the U.S. Open Music Competition.

Anna Miner – recipient of MTAC Certificate of Merit Branch Honors and Convention Honors.

Updates of former DSSM flute studio members:

Jennifer Jo is entering her third year as a flute performance major at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Jeanne Baxtresser. She has also been invited to participate in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute.

Golnesa Safavi is now in her second year of pre-med studies at U.C. San Diego.

Velvia Lau just completed her first year of studies in the Chinese and Western Medicine program at Guangzhou University.


Week of Monday, August 28, 2017 – School year lessons begin

Saturday, October 28, 2017 – First DSSM Recital

Monday, November 27, 2017 – All State Honor Band audition recordings due with band directors

Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Second DSSM Recital

Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 2018 – MTAC Theory Exams

Sunday, March 18, 2018 – MTAC Performance Evaluations

Saturday, May 5, 2018 – DSSM Chamber Music Recital


August 12-13, 2017 – U.S. International Music Competition

November 2017 – Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition

February 2018 – U.S. Open Music Competition

January 28, 2018 – Junior Bach Festival Auditions