Cory Palmer

Cory Palmer was appointed principal bass in May 2017 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to joining the RPO, he was principal bass of the Canton Symphony Orchestra from 2012-16. He has also held positions with the Sarasota Opera and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Summer engagements include performances with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, Arkansas; Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina; and the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine.

While growing up in Atlanta, Palmer was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and studied with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal bassist Ralph Jones. After high school he continued his studies at Michigan State University, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Carnegie Mellon University. His major teachers were Ralph Jones, Jack Budrow, John Hood, Orin O’Brien, and Jeff Turner.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Studio Double Bass


  • John Hopkins University, MM
  • Manhattan School of Music, MM
  • Michigan State University, BM