Dr. Tom Porter

Current Position: Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music

Tom Porter is a native of Mandan, North Dakota. He graduated with honors from the University of Mary in Bismarck, DePaul University in Chicago, the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, and the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting under the direction of Dr. Eph Ehly and Dr. Charles Robinson.

Porter is currently a professor of music and the chair of the music department at the University of Mary where he has taught since 2008. His choirs have performed for state and regional conferences as well as toured regionally and internationally, including performances at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Porter has been recognized with the North Dakota Governor’s Award for Arts Education, the North Dakota Choral Directors Association Choral Director of the Year, the Crystal Apple Award in High Education, the Bismarck State College Outstanding Faculty Award, and the University of Mary Alumni Recognition Award. He has served on local, state, regional, and national boards, including the North Dakota Council on the Arts, Central Dakota Children’s Choir, Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus, National Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, and the American Choral Directors Association. He has presented papers and workshops at state, regional and national conferences, and has conducted honor choirs throughout the midwest.

Courses Taught by Dr. Porter

  • Concert Choir
  • Vocal Jazz
  • Music Theory I
  • Music Theory II
  • Conducting II
  • Sacred Music

Dr. Porter's Publications

An avid composer, Porter has written a variety of compositions from classical solos to commercial jingles, from orchestral overtures to church hymns. Presently, his compositional efforts are focused on choral music, both secular and sacred, including “O nata lux,” “Lux aeterna,” “Let Us Be Bread,” “Sing, Laugh, Love,” “Hoe Down” and “Christ Has No Hands But Ours.” He has written commissioned pieces for professional choirs, churches, and schools across the country, a number of which have been featured as Editor’s Choice in the J.W. Pepper catalogue.

Compositions by Dr. Porter