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Joseph LaPalomento

Joe, Joseph LaPalomento, percussion

Born In Overland, KS
Resides In Naperville, IL

Joseph LaPalomento joined the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and West Michigan Symphony as a percussionist in 2014 and 2016, respectively. He also freelances on both percussion and timpani with numerous ensembles around Chicagoland and surrounding areas and has performed internationally in Europe as well as Japan and China.


Mr. LaPalomento has worked with numerous composers for performances of their works, including Frank Abbinanti, Juan Campoverde, and Christopher Jones. Mr. LaPalomento has also worked with John Luther Adams for a recording of his songbirdsongs with the Callithumpian Consort conducted by Stephen Drury, which can be heard on Mode Records, and Kurt Westerberg for a recording of his composition Vision and Prayer with DePaul University’s Ensemble 20+ conducted by Michael Lewanski, which can be heard on Southport Records.


Holding percussion instructor positions at Montini Catholic High School, Maine West High School, and Palatine High School, Mr. LaPalomento is a passionate educator, working to develop students’ confidence and constitution through music as a private instructor, percussion ensemble director, and marching percussion instructor. He also has enjoyed leading master classes and clinics at schools both in the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs.


Mr. LaPalomento earned bachelor and master of music degrees from DePaul University, studying primarily with Marc Damoulakis. He has participated in Spoleto Festival USA, the Pacific Music Festival, the Percussion Symposium at Northwestern University, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Texas Music Festival. Growing up in North Texas, Mr. LaPalomento cites instruction from David T. Cook, Jon D. Lee, and Ed Stephan and being a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra under the direction of Richard Giangiulio as the most important early sources of his fascination and love of music performance.