Biography

Anthony J. Palmer holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal/choral music, and a master’s degree in composition from California State University, Los Angeles. His Ph.D. degree is from the University of California at Los Angeles in the fields of Music Education and Ethnomusicology. He studied harmony with Leonard Stein (former director of the Schoenberg Institute), composition with Hugh Mullins (a student of Castel Nuovo-Tedesco), and orchestration with Boris Kremenliev. He received two commissions from the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California, to compose works combining Western and Japanese instruments, as a feature of the Japan: Day by Day exhibition. He studied gagaku with Suenobu Togi (formerly of the Japanese Imperial Court Music Bureau) at UCLA and subsequently received a Creative Artist Fellowship in 1983 to study in Japan, sponsored by the Japan-United States Friendship Commission. There he worked with Kanehiko Togi also of the Imperial Court Music Bureau.

Dr. Palmer was Professor of Music at the University of Hawaii at Mânoa. After his retirement in 1998, he moved to Massachusetts because of the numerous music activities in the Greater Boston area. He has taught at several universities and colleges, high schools and elementary schools, participated in workshops and conducted choirs and orchestras. He has authored scholarly articles for both journals and anthologies and has been a clinician at various professional workshops and conferences. He led the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, Waltham, Massachusetts for two years from 1999 to 2001, and continues to compose works for chorus and various instrumental groups including orchestra. Professor Palmer retired again from the School of Music, Boston University in spring 2009. He now concentrates on writing and composition.

Important Performances

* Premiere of What Child Is This? and Three Songs of Mary, COTA Chorale and Symphony Orchestra Association, Los Angeles, CA, 1979.

* Premiere of Fusion I (Gagaku West), The Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (commissioned work), 1979.

* Music of Anthony Palmer, a retrospective program of compositions, 1957 – 1979, Los Angeles Valley College, CA, 1979.

* Premiere of Fusion II (West Meets East), The Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (commissioned work), 1980.

* Fusion I (Gagaku West) performed by invitation, Music In Contact, Department of Music, University of California, Los Angeles, 1980.

* Several choral works performed by various groups including state honor choirs and selected choruses throughout the U.S.