Lessons

With over 25 years experience as a highly qualified private flute instructor, Kris Palmer holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from Rice University. She maintains a private lesson studio in Kirkland WA, and she is also a frequent guest lecturer on 18th-century performance practice, with lectures this season at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, and the MTAC State Convention.

PRIVATE FLUTE INSTRUCTION in DR. PALMER'S STUDIO INCLUDES...

Instrument technique, music theory, solo repertoire, and chamber music repertoire.
Annual solo and chamber music performances.
Coaching and preparation for competitons and auditions.

DR. PALMER'S FLUTE STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED AWARDS AND HONORS FROM...

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 found and director 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...

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 – Certificate of Merit, Level VII.

Clarissa Lau - Certificate of Merit, Level VII.

William Lau - Certificate of Merit, Level IV.

Irina Klochkova - Certificate of Merit, Level I.

UPDATES OF FORMER STUDENTS...

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.

ANNUAL COMPETITION DEADLINES

January - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition

January - Beaverton Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition

January - Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition

February - Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition

February - San Diego Flute Festival's Young Artist Competition

March - Etude Club of Berkeley Young Artist Competition

March - MusicFest Northwest

March - Ladies Musical Club of Seattle's Frances Walton Competition

March - Sacramento Flute Club Competition

April - King FM 98.1 Young Artist Awards

June – U.S. International Music Competition

August – Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition

September - Seattle Wind Symphony Young Artist Competition

September - WSMTA Competitions

October – U.S. Open Music Competition

October - WMEA All-State Honors Groups

November - Seattle Flute Society Horsfall Competition

December - Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Competitions