Professor of Harpsichord and Organ, part-timeDepartment:
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William Porter holds degrees from Oberlin College and Yale University.
Widely known as a performer and teacher in the United States and Europe, William Porter is a leader among organists working toward recovery of an historical approach to musical performance, and has achieved international recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles.
Porter has held positions at Oberlin (1974-1986) and the New England Conservatory (1985-2002), and was director of music at Yale Divinity School. He has taught and performed at the North German Organ Academy, the Italian Academy of Music for the Organ, the Göteborg International Organ Academy, the Dollart Festival, the Lausanne Improvisation Festival, the Smarano Organ and Clavichord Academy, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. He is co-founder of Affetti Musicali and Musica Poetica, Boston-based ensembles of Baroque repertory.
From 1985 to 1997, Porter was director of music at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Boston. From 1999 until 2002 he was Artist in Residence at First Lutheran Church in Boston. He has recorded on the Gasparo, Proprius, BMG, and Loft labels. In addition to his faculty position at Eastman, Porter teaches part time at McGill University.