Jono Palmer is a dynamic and enterprising young conductor from Auckland, New Zealand. He currently works as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and is choir director at First Christian Church Bedford, where he also directs the Bedford Community Childrens Chorus. Currently a doctoral student in Choral Conducting, he maintains a link to New Zealand in his work as Artistic Programme Coordinator for Choral Connect, the NZCF Association of Choral Director’s National Conference, and as a part-time high school teacher.
His choirs have won national and international acclaim, including two Gold Medals at the 2015 Grand Prix of Nations in Magdeburg, Germany. As a conductor, Jono has been selected for masterclasses at the World Symposium of Choral Music and the NCCO National Conference. In October last year, he competed as one of six finalists in the Grand Final of the inaugural London International Choral Conducting Competition, held at the Royal Academy of Music.
Jono earned his MM in Choral Conducting from Indiana University, a BMus(hons) in Performance Voice, and a BA in Ancient History from the University of Auckland. He was the recipient of the Kathleen Reardon Memorial Music Scholarship and the Marie d'Albini and Evelyn M. Harrison Singing Scholarships and was awarded the Conductor’s Development Prize at the New Zealand Choral Federation Auckland Regional Big Sing Festival in 2012.