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Chamber Music Amarillo

Our History

CMA Becomes an Organization: Along with other Amarillo musicians in 1999, David Palmer began to find support for chamber music ensembles in the community; thus, Chamber Music Amarillo was founded, and its Directors have dedicated over 20 years to the organization’s artistic and financial direction and growth.  In the organization’s early years, chamber music concerts were occasional and nearly always limited to the small audiences of a home performance.

CMA Moves into the Fibonacci: Within little more than five years, community enthusiasm for Mr. Palmer’s brand of chamber music spread and garnered even more support. With a desire for the art of chamber music to thrive and become an important part of the larger community, Dr. and Mrs. Brian Pruitt purchased and donated an historic building on Historic Route 66 to Chamber Music Amarillo for administrative and performance activities. We were given a home- its name is The Fibonacci Space.

Chamber Music has made a home in the Panhandle: To this day, CMA maintains residence on 6th Street and hosts more than 30 traditional and non-traditional chamber ensemble performances throughout each season. The Panhandle has a tradition of neighbors helping neighbors, and Chamber Music Amarillo is the lucky beneficiary of this custom. We are mindful of our good fortune and are committed to remaining worthy of such generous support.

Artistic Director and Founder, David Palmer: Pianist David Palmer has performed throughout the United States and Europe since the early 1990’s, both as soloist and chamber musician. Palmer is the Artistic Director and founder of Chamber Music Amarillo, which embarks on its 23rd season this fall.  David also founded and served as Artistic Director of the Quartz Mountain Music Festival in Oklahoma from 2006-2011.  Chamber Music Amarillo was recently awarded Second Place in the 2017-18 Professional Division of the nationally recognized American Prize competition, which celebrates excellence in the arts.

From his work with Chamber Music Amarillo and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival, David has gained an extensive knowledge on managing and performing in the musical arts, working with such artists as the Romero Guitar Quartet; the Harrington, Compi and Arianna String Quartets; international opera singer, Mary Jane Johnson; Montreal Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Richard Roberts; jazz musicians Bevan Manson, Lee Rucker, Kent Kidwell, Mark Little, and Jamie Davis; Nashville producer Darrell Bledsoe; composers John Boyle, Kenji Bunch, Mike Garson, and John Harbison; and songwriters Nina Garcia, Mike Fuller and JD Souther, among various other artists.  In 2012 David collaborated with British Singer/ Songwriter Nina Garcia in a YouTube video production of her song Take Me Dancing at the Fibonacci Performance Space in Amarillo, Texas.  During the 2013 year, David recorded works of Ravel for violin and piano for the Centaur label with longtime friend and collaborator, violinist Annie Chalex Boyle following a tour of concerts with her throughout North America, including Atlanta, St. Louis, and Vancouver, British Columbia.  In 2015, he collaborated with the ATL Symphony Musicians working with them in a performance of the complete Bach, Brandenburg Concerti. And during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons Palmer partnered with Bulgarian violinist Rossitza Goza, performing the complete cycle of Beethoven violin sonatas.  In January of 2019, Annie Chalex Boyle and David were invited to perform at the prestigious Semanas Musicales, giving multiple performances throughout Chile, South America.

Palmer recently joined the Board of Lake City Arts and assumed the position of Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Series, a series originally founded by his father nearly 40 years ago.  Following in the footsteps of its founders, Palmer works closely with the current members of the Board of Directors of Lake City Arts helping to grow and stabilize this important arts organization for the wonderful community of Lake City.  In addition to his duties as a board member, Palmer performs regularly at Lake City Arts, on the chamber music series as well as working with Annie Chalex Boyle producing multiple outreaches, entitled Music Matters, to the students of the Lake City Community School during the winter season.  In 2021, Palmer will assume the position of President of Lake City Arts.

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