Jono Palmer

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This October, I will be competing in the grand final of the London International Choral Conducting Competition held at the Royal Academy of Music.

Following a video submission round, I have been selected as one of six finalists for the competition out of a large pool of applicants from 30 different countries around the world.

As one of very few competitions for conductors specialising in choral music, this inaugural competition is intended to give a significant boost to a conductor in the early years of their career. For me, it is a huge opportunity to perform on an international platform and to show the world what New Zealand choral conductors can do.

The competition involves performance of three works in a gala concert and two rehearsals, adjudicated by a jury of five internationally recognised conductors. The gala concert is open to the public, so if you are going to be in London on Sunday October 21st, I would love to see you there!

I am currently a doctoral student at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, having graduated with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting earlier this year. Your support of this project will go towards travel, accommodation, and insurance costs.

You can read more about the competition on their website, If you're interested in keeping up with other projects I am working, or would like to have a look at some of my previous work, you can check out my website,  


  • 99% in less than a week!


    Dear all,

    My most sincere thanks to those that have taken the time to donate. I am truly overwhelmed with the speed and generosity of your contribution. We are at 99% of our target less than a week after we started!

    I am so excited that I am going to be able to take part in this competition and am incredibly grateful for those who are supporting me while I am a student at Indiana University.

    For those that are still interested in contributing, any donations beyond the target will be used directly in other professional development opportunities I can take advantage of while in London for the week. I am hoping to make it up to Cambridge, and potentially to Oxford, to do some research and experience the amazing choral traditions at those universities.

    I hope to be in touch with you all personally very soon and will continue to update you here about progress towards the competition in October!

    Much love,