Amy Porter

Education

Having completed her DMA coursework at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she received her bachelor’s degree and studied with mezzo-soprano Dr. Lori Bade, Amy Porter is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on a new vocal work by American composer Thomas Pasatieri. She earned her master’s degree and a professional studies diploma at Mannes College of Music in New York City, where she studied with soprano Ruth Falcon and her lyric diction mentor, Nico Castel.

In addition to significant language study in the US, Ms. Porter attended the Dante Alighieri school in Siena, Italy. Her other notable past vocal and musical instructors include Leyna Gabriele, Beth Roberts, Robert Grayson, Glenn Morton, Tony Manoli, Ted Taylor, Susan Woodruff-Versage, Doug Martin, and Michael Borowitz. While in NYC, she sang in Mannes and Marilyn Horne Foundation masterclasses with singers Renata Scotto, Regina Resnick, Regine Crespin, and Martina Arroyo, and with collaborative pianist Warren Jones.

In addition to working as a performer under various stage directors, she did graduate studies in opera direction with Dugg McDonough. Her DMA minor concentration in choral conducting has been under the tutelage of Dr. Kenneth Fulton. Named as an LSU Pressor Scholar for academic achievement, Ms. Porter is a member of numerous collegiate honor societies, including the prestigious music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. She is also an alumna member of Sigma Alpha Iota and an active member of the National Association for the Teachers of Singing (NATS).  She has won several vocal competitions and awards, including the Richard F. Gold career grant.