Widely known as a performer in the United States and in Europe, William Porter has also achieved international recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles, ancient and modern. He has performed at major international festivals and academies, including the North German Organ Academy, the Italian Academy of Music for the Organ, the Smarano Organ and Clavichord Academy, Organfestival Holland, the Göteborg International Organ Academy, the Dollart Festival, the Lausanne Improvisation Festival, the Festival Toulouse les Orgues, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the McGill International Organ Academy, Eastman’s Improvfest, and the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.
Recently retired as Professor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Improvisation (2002-2013) at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Porter has also been a member of the music faculty at McGill University in Montreal, where he lived from 2004 until fall 2015. From 1985 to 2002 he taught organ, music history, and music theory at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and from 2001 until 2005 he taught improvisation at Yale University. Porter holds degrees from Oberlin College, where he also taught organ and harpsichord from 1974 to 1986, and from Yale University, where he was director of music at Yale Divinity School from 1971 to 1973.
Porter has recorded on historic in
Christopher Anderson is an organist and scholar with particular interests in early musical modernism, German history and philosophy, the organ’s position in Western culture, and the composer Max Reger. He has written extensively on Reger and his music in two monographs (Max Reger and Karl Straube: Perspectives on an Organ Performing Tradition, Ashgate 2003; and Selected Writings of Max Reger, Routledge 2006) and many essays in international journals. He has translated into English the second volume of Jon Laukvik’s Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing (Carus, 2010) and edited the first complete survey of organ music in the twentieth century (Twentieth-Century Organ Music, Routledge 2011). An exhaustive critical biography of the twentieth-century virtuoso organist and Leipzig Thomaskantor Karl Straube (Karl Straube 1873–1950: Germany’s Master Organist in Turbulent Times) appears with the Eastman Studies in Music, University of Rochester Press, in April 2022. His recording of Reger’s complete op. 67 likewise appears in early 2022 with the Centaur label.
In addition to adjunctive teaching at Eastman, Dr. Anderson is Associate Professor of Sacred Music at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, where he teaches courses in history and analysis in the Perkins School of Theology and the Meadows School of the Arts. He also chairs the Publications Advisory Committee for the Organ Historical Society’s publishing program. Christopher Anderson holds the PhD in Performance Practices from Duke University.
struments, old and new, for the Gasparo, Proprius, BMG, and Loft labels. He currently serves as organ consultant for the Constellation Center, a new performing arts center to be built in the Boston area, which will house several organs in different styles. Now residing in Rochester, New York, Porter returns to the Eastman School of Music as part-time Professor of Organ and Coordinator of Sacred Music Diploma Internships.