David Palmer

Organ Instructor, 2013 Session
Organ Instructor, 2014 Session

Professor Emeritus, Organ (University of Windsor), David Palmer has performed from coast to coast in Canada, and has given recitals in such American centres as San Francisco, Washington and New York, as well as several cities in the Midwest. In Europe, he has played in England and France, including recitals in the cathedrals of Notre Dame in Paris and Chartres. CBC Radio has broadcast nationally many of his performances, both solos and appearances with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He has been a judge for several organ playing competitions, among them the nationals of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the semi-final round of the Second Calgary International Organ Festival.

Mr. Palmer has developed a specialty in the keyboard music of Olivier Messaien. After studying with the composer’s wife, Yvonne Loriod, he has given many workshops and lectures and written several articles on aspects of Messaien’s music. In 1990, he gave the first Canadian performance of Livre du Saint Sacrement at St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto.

Born in Victoria, B.C., Mr. Palmer holds degrees from the University of Michigan where he studied with Robert Glasgow. In addition to his work at the University of Windsor, he is also the Organist and Choir Director of All Saints’ Church, Windsor.