Nick Palmer has been widely recognized for his compelling performances and emotional connection to audiences and is regarded as one of the most talented conductors on the scene today. His strong commitment to education and building new audiences, as well as his innovative programming, has garnered him much praise. He is thrilled to be in his 10th season as Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony and wishes to thank the musicians of the LSO, the audience, and the LSO Board, Foundation, Guild and Prelude Project for their unwavering support of orchestral music in Lafayette!

Maestro Palmer is the recently appointed Music Director of the North Charleston Pops and also the Music Director of two music festivals: the Evening Under the Stars Music Festival in Massachusetts and the Dubuque Festival Orchestra in Iowa. He was a recipient of the Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras as the nation’s most outstanding young music director.

Under Palmer’s direction since 2007, the LSO has experienced increased ticket sales, dynamic and creative programming, a marked development in educational programs and regional concerts, and dramatic artistic growth. Dick Jaeger commented in the Lafayette Journal & Courier: “without trepidation this reviewer is ready to state that the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and conductor are setting the bar higher and higher for other regional orchestras around the state and Midwest”.

Nick Palmer has won rave reviews with the Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Louisville Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Salt Lake Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, and other orchestras across the nation. He has conducted more than a dozen performances with the Jacksonville Symphony during the last few seasons, including regional concerts in St. Augustine, Orange Park and Daytona Beach.

A favorite guest conductor in Europe, Latin America and Mexico, Palmer most recently conducted the Monterrey Orchestra (UANL) in Mexico and the Medellin Symphony (EAFIT) in Columbia. The German press hailed Palmer’s conducting as “a musical high point with world class flair” and Radio Suisse Romande in Switzerland noted Palmer’s “great professionalism with unity and verve”. He has led the Czech Radio Orchestra, National Orchestra of Bolivia, West Bohemia Symphony, Sophia Symphony, Orchestra di San Remo, Milano Classico Orchestra, Lausanne Symphony, Europa Philharmonie and the OSSLA Orchestra of Mexico.

Maestro Palmer has been the Music Director of the Owensboro, Altoona, and Dubuque symphonies as well as the Nashville Ballet and Heartland Ballet and has conducted opera extensively with several companies in the USA and Europe. A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Palmer graduated cum laude from Harvard University and received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Iowa, respectively. He also has studied at the Juilliard School, Pierre Monteux Domaine School, Aspen Music School, the Festival at Sandpoint, and the Academia Chigiana in Italy, where he was a student of Franco Ferrara and Carlo Maria Giulini.


Photo by Alisha Sims