John Palmer, Conductor

EVENT DATE: February 9, 2023
TOPIC: Conducting and Musical Score

John Palmer, conductor

John is the conductor of Orchestra Kingston, BrassWerks, occasional conductor of the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and played bass trombone in the Kingston Symphony. He teaches theory/harmony at his home in Kingston, Ontario.

He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre which publishes his compositions. He has been commissioned to compose for strings and has worked with young musicians to compose for Band. His arrangements and compositions for brass instruments are published by Solid Brass Music Inc., and flute choir works by Alry/United Music and Media Publishers.

John’s original compositions and arrangements have won various awards and have been performed by large and small ensembles across North America. Many of his orchestral works were composed specifically for “Community Orchestras” and premiered by Orchestra Kingston.

Since retiring from teaching music in Secondary School, Queen’s and St. Lawrence College, John has been spending most of his time composing, arranging, adjudicating and conducting. His talk and visual presentation will focus on performing organizations of which he has been a part, brass instruments and their differences and similarities, composing techniques and examples, and basic conducting techniques. Afterwards he will be happy to take questions about his techniques and approaches, as well as conducting small or large ensembles. Come and enjoy a lively talk about John’s lifetime of musical experience! 

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