A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Cory Palmer joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as principal bass in 2017 . Prior to joining the RPO, Mr. Palmer was principal bass of the Canton Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2016. He also held positions with the Sarasota Opera and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and is a regular substitute musician with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
During the summers Mr. Palmer has performed with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera; Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, Arkansas; Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina; and the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine.
While growing up in Atlanta, Mr. Palmer was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and studied with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassist Ralph Jones. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Michigan State University, master’s degrees from John Hopkins University and Manhattan School of Music, and attended the performance residency program at Carnegie Mellon University. His major teachers were Ralph Jones, Jack Budrow, John Hood, Orin O’Brien, and Jeff Turner.
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