Phone: (518) 580-5000
Office: Zankel Music Center
Conductor and pianist Noah Palmer is one of the Capital Region’s most in demand collaborators. In 2020, Palmer was appointed Artistic Director of the Battenkill Chorale, following a successful debut with the Chorale in 2019. He is Assistant Director and Accompanist for Albany Pro Musica, the Capital Region’s leading choral ensemble, and Assistant Conductor of the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra in Kinderhook, NY. He also directs, in collaboration with soprano Sylvia Stoner, the Skidmore College Opera Workshop. Palmer made debuts conducting both Albany Pro Musica and the Broad Street Orchestra in 2018, and in 2019 conducted the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra in an acclaimed performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music.
As a choral conductor he has led, among other groups, the Northern Berkshire Chorale, the Sage Singers, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Highlights of his tenure with the Northern Berkshire Chorale included performances of the Faure Requiem and Mozart’s Vespers. As a pianist, Palmer has accompanied many of the Capital Region’s finest singers, including Vedrana Kalas, Sylvia Stoner, Irina Petrik, and the late Kevin Kees. In 2019, he founded the Palmer Quartet, a piano quartet based in New York’s Hudson Valley.
In 2016, Palmer was an Apprentice Coach and Chorus Master with the Merola Opera Program, the San Francisco Opera's prestigious young artist program. He spent two seasons on the music staff of the Midwestern Institute of Opera in Illinois, where he made his debut conducting Ravel’s l’Enfant et les Sortilèges. He has also worked with regional opera companies including Sarasota Opera, assisting productions of Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Jerusalem, as well as Opera North, where he spent two seasons as the pianist for educational outreach tours, following a Summer with the company's prestigious young artist program.