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 is the flute instructor at Music Village in San Jose, and she is also a frequent guest lecturer on 18th-century performance practice, with recent lectures at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, the San Francisco Flute Society's Flutes By the Sea, and the MTAC State Convention.


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

U.S. Open Music Competition

San Francisco Flute Society’s Flutes By the Sea 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."


Irina Klochkova - Silver Medalist in the 2020 Bay Area Music Association's Open Music Competition

Abigail Hoy, Ada Chu, and Cassia Huang - Accepted into the San Jose Youth Symphony's Ensembles

Abi, Jocelyn, Gabby, Daniel, Olivia, Irina, Cassia, Yuhan, Carys, and Ojas - All earning Certificates of Merit from MTAC, plus state and branch honors

Kiyomi Saylor - Beginning her studies at Cal Poly

Kylie Wong - Beginning her studies at University of Nevada at Reno

Former Student, Jennifer Jo - Recipient of a Bachelor of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University. First Prizes in the San Francisco Flute Society Competition, Sacramento Flute Club Competition, and South Carolina Flute Society Competition. UCLA Graduate Fellowship Recipient.

Former Student, Allison Chang - Accepted into the neuroscience undergraduate program at Harvard University

Current Student, Irina Klochlova - Second prize winner in the 2019 Junior Division San Francisco Flute Society Competition

Former Student, Golnesa Safavi - Recipient of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology from U.C. San Diego

Former Student, Velvia Lau - Completing her studies in the Chinese and Western Medicine program at Guangzhou University


Bay Area Music Association Competitions

MTAC Certificate of Merit Program

San Francisco Flute Society’s Flutes By the Sea Competition

Floot Fire's Claire Johnson Flute Soloist Competition


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

June - San Francisco Flute Society's Flutes By The Sea Competition

June – U.S. International Music Competition

August – Khuner Young Artist Concerto Competition

October – U.S. Open Music Competition

November - CBDA All-State Honor Band Auditions

November - Seattle Flute Society Horsfall Competition

December - Santa Clara County Honor Band Auditions

December - Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Competitions