Joseph Palmer

Community Engagement Artist

Joseph Palmer has earned a reputation as one of the most captivating and dynamic young performers on the American guitar scene. Over the years, he has been awarded 16 prizes in international guitar competitions and has been a featured soloist throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is also one of the four members of the grammy-nominated Texas Guitar Quartet (

Joseph devotes himself to sharing classical music with diverse populations and is a passionate advocate for music’s potential to inspire and transform. In 2015, he joined the team at Austin Classical Guitar, and gives over 50 interactive concerts each year throughout the public schools, retirement communities, juvenile detention centers, and other communities in the greater Austin area.

As an extension of his work with ACG, Joseph is the co-creator of the world’s first classical guitar educational resource for students with blindness/visual impairment, which was launched in Summer 2018 ( Joseph is the guitar instructor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he also runs the annual Texas Guitar Conference. He also runs a robust private studio of young guitarists in Austin. Joseph holds three degrees in music performance; a Bachelors from Columbus State University, along with Master and Doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.