Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer has a distinguished career as pianist, vocal coach, and choral conductor, all in pursuit of following her passion and belief in the art of singing and its importance in our human connection. Her concertizing career brought her to stages such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, The National Gallery of Art, The Beaux Arts Society of Brussels, and locally to the Ordway McKnight Theatre and Orchestra Hall. Her work as vocal coach and ensemble pianist has been in opera, Art Song and the choral field; working with OperaDelaware, Philadelphia and Minnesota Opera companies; pianist, 15 years, for world renowned mezzo-soprano, Glenda Maurice; playing for masterclasses of Art Song greats such as Elly Ameling and Gerard Souzay; pianist for premieres of Gian Carol Menotti, Libby Larsen, Richard Hundley, Abbie Betinis, Edie Hill; as coach and pianist for national winners in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, National Metropolitan Opera auditions and Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition; faculty, Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, West Chester University, University of Delaware, University of Minnesota; as Associate Conductor/Pianist of the Dale Warland Singers (2003-2004), continuing to work with Dale Warland as pianist for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale and Minnesota Beethoven Festival; and with the Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists and Macalester Concert Choir. She recently retired after 20 years as Director of Music Ministries at Unity Church Unitarian where the Unity Singers(one of her three choirs) was twice selected to sing at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in 2009 and 2019.