MM Arkansas State University
BM Arkansas State University
Renee Porter has established a remarkably successful voice and piano studio of talented students, each of whom has shown amazing aptitude and improvement. Her students have been able to achieve their goals in preparations for musicals, auditions and tryouts for All-Region and All-State at their respective schools, many being awarded top honors. Ms. Porter found early in her youth that she wanted to be a premier vocalist and pianist after college, also discovered a natural love and aptitude for working with students of all ages. Skilled at explaining and demonstrating "vocal and piano technique" in easy to understand language, her nurturing manner and supportive style quickly engage those who work with her.
Ms. Porter grew up in Houston with a musical family performing in numerous musicals, recitals and operas. Recalling fondly how she would sit along side of her musical grandmother at the piano since the age of 2, Renee credits her grandmother with giving her the gift of piano playing. She now honors her by passing on this musical gift to students as young as 3, along with many of her students' siblings, and parents. As early as the age of nine, she sang in a televised Faith-oriented musical called "Lindsay's Gift", and by the age of 11, she was singing as an opera chorister in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" for a local college opera production. In 2005, Ms. Porter won 1st chair at All-State Choir for the state of Texas and performed in San Antonio. She was granted a full scholarship to Arkansas State University, where she won the Outstanding Musician Award 2010, was the sole vocalist given the privilege to sing on the ASU Honor's Recital, and was Queened 2 consecutive years for the ASU's Madrigal Feaste. While in college, she participated in competitions as the National Association of Teacher's Competition, where she won 1st place in 2006, 2008, 2009, and again in 2010. Upon winning the Delta Concerto competition in February of 2012, she was honored to perform with NorthEast Arkansas' own Delta Symphony. In 2012, she graduated with her Music Master's degree with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Arkansas State University. Since graduating, she has been a part of young artist opera programs such as Opera Works in Los Angeles (associated with Northridge State University), California, and the Franco American Vocal Academy in Perigueux, France (associated with The University of Texas, Austin). In 2014, she had the honor of singing her American home country's National Anthem and the French National Anthem for the French ambassador and all surviving D-day veterans from the original USS Texas Battleship.
Renee now works professionally as a voice and piano teacher, performer and choreographer. She enjoys teaching every aspect of voice and piano including: theory (the rules behind music and sound), technique and pieces that enforce the technique of each lesson, plus appropriate repertoire. Vocal health, beauty, ease of tone, and confident musical expression characterize the work of her students. Ms. Renee happily keeps music lessons from being overwhelming for all of her students regardless of age. She believes that making music should be a fun, enjoyable, lifelong experience to be shared with excitement, and to be passed down for generations to come in your family.
She is extremely excited to share her passion with students and faculty at The Dallas School of Music .
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