Nick Palmer has been widely recognized for his compelling performances, visionary leadership and emotional connection to audiences and is regarded as one of the most talented symphonic and Pops conductors on the scene today.

Maestro Palmer is Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony in Indiana (LSO), the North Charleston POPS! in South Carolina (NCP), Artistic Advisor/Principal Guest Conductor of the Altoona Symphony in Pennsylvania and in his 25th season as conductor of the Evening Under the Stars orchestra in Massachusetts. Nick was a recipient of the Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras as the nation’s most outstanding young music director. Palmer has had an extensive recording career including recent recordings with the London Philharmonic at the Abbey Road Studios which have garnered several Gramophone and Billboard awards. Upcoming recording projects include works of Vittorio Giannini with the Royal Scottish Orchestra in Glasgow.

Under Palmer’s direction, the LSO and NCP have experienced increased ticket sales, dynamic and creative programming, a marked development in educational programs, and dramatic artistic growth. Dick Jaeger commented in the 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 has won rave reviews with the Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Louisville Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Salt Lake Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Greenville Symphony and other orchestras across the nation. Palmer has also conducted at both the Kennedy Center and the International Dvorak Festival. He has been a frequent Pops conductor for the Springfield (MA) Symphony and will appear with both the Plymouth (MA) Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony this season.

Owensboro Symphony
Altoona Symphony
Dubuque Symphony
Clinton Symphony
Nashville Ballet
Heartland Ballet

London Philharmonic
Detroit Symphony
San Antonio Symphony
Nashville Symphony
Santa Barbara Symphony
Tucson Symphony
Boulder Philharmonic
Virginia Symphony
Chicago Sinfonietta
Louisville Orchestra
Naples Philharmonic
Salt Lake Symphony
Huntsville Symphony
Springfield (MA) Symphony
Greenville Symphony
Jacksonville Symphony
West Bohemia Symphony
National Orchestra of Bolivia
Sofia Symphony
Sinaloa (OSSLA)
Monterrey (UANL) Symphony
Milano Classico Orchestra
Medellín (EAFIT) Symphony
Lausanne Symphony
Brevard Philharmonic

Heartland Ballet
Nashville Ballet
Idaho Falls Ballet
Boston Summer Opera
Harvard University Opera
Goldovsky Opera Company
Chicago Light Opera Works
Jacksonville Opera
Kentucky Opera
U. of Kentucky Opera Theatre


A favorite guest conductor in Europe, Mexico, and South America, Palmer conducted the Europa Philharmonie at the Hardinsburg Castle near Berlin, toured with the Orchestra di San Remo for two weeks in Italy and led concerts with the Czech Radio Orchestra at the Prague and Nelahozeves Castles celebrating the music of George Gershwin. 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”.


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.


Maestro Nick is no stranger to the recording studio. Over the years, he has led orchestras in the recording of both major works (for the label Symphonic Discoveries) and new music for Albany Recordings with the Altoona and Owensboro Symphonies. Most recently, he has been asked by the estate of late composer Arnold Rosner to lead a new recording project with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In  2018 Palmer and the orchestra recorded two CD’s at the legendary Abbey Road Studio and a third in 2019. Rosner Orchestral Music, vol. 3 was both a Gramophone 2019 Critic’s Choice, Billboard top seller and Musicweb International Recording of the year: “Rosner’s high impact and memorable music is well served by Nick Palmer – a talent of which we need to hear more”.