Saint Louis, MO
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After graduating from the St. louis Institute of Music and a brief stint of teaching, Ken Palmer left St. Louis to study organ performance with organist Herbert Manfred Hoffmann at Frankfurt Germany. During his three year stay, he performed organ recitals, sang and recorded with the Frankfurter Kantatenkreis and performed with members of the the Hessicher Rundfunk Orchester. He financed his studies by tours through Germany , France and Spain as music director for the Gisela gunther and Heinz Schneider Agencies. He returned to his home in St. louis and joined the St. Louis Jazz Quartet. After appearances with the quartet in concert with the St. louis Symphony Orchestra, he was invited back on many occasions to appear as guest pianist with the orchestra under such conductors as Walter Susskind , Henry mancini, Richard Hayman and Leonard Slatkin to name a few. He holds bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in composition and organ performance from the former St. Louis Institute of Music and Washington University ( St. Louis). He was recently appointed Minister of Music at Unity Christ Church. He composes, concertizes, and records in the the St. Louis Area. He is currently a contributing member of netnewmusic - NetNewMusic is an online community/portal for the world of non-pop, contemporary classical/indy/avant-whatever musics. Endorsements: “Ken Palmer is an original that shows spirit and imagination in his work” Harold Blumenfeld - Composer “ It has been my privilege to introduce Ken Palmer’s works during my recital tours throughout the US and Latin America. His pieces are well received wherever I take them.” Manuel Ramos, Violinist, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra “I have known Ken Palmer’s work for many years and consider it to be outstanding.” Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C