Professor Charles Porter
» Fall 1994
In his fall 1994 Scholar on Campus Lecture, "A Composer's Perspective," Humanities Professor Charles Porter spoke about "harmonic language" with reference to his own compositional development and to the music of other composers who had been important influences on his work. He also discussed two different segments of his "oeuvre" which have in common the inspiration of collaboration with other artistic areas - dance and song.
The composer of numerous musical works, Porter holds a PhD in music from The City University of New York. He was recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters, a Tanglewood Composition Fellowship, two artistic residencies at Yaddo, fellowships to the Composer's Conference as well as the Charles Ives Center for American Music, and numerous American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Standard Awards. The ASCAP awards, one of the ways through which the society actively supports the growth and development of America's musical heritage, repeatedly recognized the "prestige value" of Porter's extensive "catalog of original compositions." He also has been a winner of the League ISCM National Composer's Competition.
In 2002, Porter was honored by The City University of New York at its annual Salute to Scholars Reception, held at the New York City Public Library and hosted by CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. The event acknowledged Porter's work as an award-winning composer of serious, non-commercial music. He also is the recipient of grants from the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, the union for members of the University's professional staff, the most recent of which was used to produce a CD recording of his compositions, including String Quartet No. 3, January Joining (for cello and piano).
Among his more than 70 compositions are orchestral pieces, chamber works, song cycles and numerous solo works. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Canada by such groups as the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Fellows Orchestra, the Haydn-Mozart Chamber Orchestra, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the Alliance for American Song.
Porter joined the faculty of City Tech's Department of Humanities on a full-time basis in 1993. He served as department chair from 1998 to 2004.