Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

Larry  Palmer 
Meadows School of the Arts  2015

Larry Palmer, Professor of Harpsichord and Organ in Meadows School of the Arts and University Organist, joined the SMU faculty in 1970, after serving on the faculties of Norfolk State University and St. Paul's College, both in Virginia. He earned a B.M. degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and master's and doctoral degrees from Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. The author of three books, including Harpsichord in America, he has contributed to numerous publications on organ and harpsichord music and has served as harpsichord editor of The Diapason magazine since 1969. Internationally known as performer, scholar and teacher, Professor Palmer has presented concerts and recitals in more than 40 states and six European countries, including premiere performances of more than 40 commissioned harpsichord, organ and choral works. Known for his stylish performances of baroque music as well as contemporary works, he is the only music professor in SMU history to give 45 consecutive annual faculty recitals. He has produced a dozen solo recordings, led workshops and master classes throughout the U.S. and Europe, served as judge at organ competitions and held leadership in major professional organizations. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Music.