Barbara González-Palmer holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. She has performed in concert with Barry Tuckwell, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Richard Zeller, Peter Damm, Joseph Genualdi, and varied artists associated with the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony, American Brass Quintet, New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Stuttgart Opera, and other organizations of note.
She has appeared as a guest collaborative artist on such venues as the Trinity Recital Series in New York, Joy of Singing competition finals, Oregon Bach Festival, Dallas Art Museum Recital Series, NATS, International Horn Conference, International Congress of Voice Teachers, and the National Opera Association as well as several broadcasts on New York's premiere classical music station, WQXR.
In Europe, she has collaborated with both instrumentalists and singers in numerous concert series and competitions in Germany, Austria, and Hungary, including the renowned ARD Competition in Munich. González-Palmer's master class accompaniment credits include Frederica von Stade, Dorothy Delay, Jean Pierre Rampal, Simon Estes, James Galway, and Martina Arroyo, among others.
Since 1992, she has been on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and has additionally served on the faculties of Northwestern University, the University of Oregon, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Music Academy of the West.
Under her music direction at both the university of Oregon and Rutgers University, opera theater productions received several national awards. Her students have been prize-winners, finalists or semi-finalists in contests held by such organizations as the Metropolitan Opera, Concert Artists International, and NATS. Many now hold teaching positions at institutions throughout the United States.
González-Palmer holds the office of Regional Governor in the National Opera Association and is a member of the piano faculty and director of the collaborative piano program at Rutgers University.