Photograph by Alexis Crouse Photography

Photograph by Alexis Crouse Photography


Tanner Porter is a composer-performer, songwriter and visual artist from California. In her “original art songs that are by turns seductive and confessional” (Steve Smith, The New Yorker), Tanner explores her passion for storytelling. Tanner’s work has been performed at New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music 9, by Miami-based chamber orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble with conductor Jacomo Bairos, at the 2018 New Music Gathering, and at Carnegie Hall. Recent orchestral works have been performed by the New York Youth Symphony with conductor Michael Repper (co-commissioned with the Interlochen Center for the Arts as a part of their First Music program), the Albany Symphony with conductor David Alan Miller (commissioned for the 2019 American Music Festival and written in collaboration with librettist Vanessa Moody), by the University of Michigan’s University Symphony Orchestra with conductor Kenneth Kiesler, and by the Yale Philarmonia with conductor Julian Pellicano. Tanner was one of 14 composers commissioned for the 2020 opera Magdalene, which premiered on the Prototype Festival at the HERE Arts Center, featuring Danielle Birrittella and Ariana Daub with direction by Zoe Aja Moore and music direction by Mila Henry. Tanner is thrilled to have been named a recent recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship. She has attended the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and is thrilled to be attending the Aspen Music Festival next season. Her most recent album, The Summer Sinks, was recorded with LA-based studio Oak House Recording and can be heard on all streaming platforms. Tanner received a BM in Music Composition from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where she studied with Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, and Michael Daugherty. She received her MM in Composition from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Hannah Lash, Christopher Theofanidis, Aaron Jay Kernis and David Lang.