Photograph by Alexis Crouse Photography

Photograph by Alexis Crouse Photography


Tanner Porter is a composer-performer (voice and cello), songwriter and visual artist from California. In her “original art songs that are by turns seductive and confessional” (Steve Smith, The New Yorker), Tanner’s passion for storytelling manifests in her setting of original poetry; her love for the cross-mingling of art forms often brings Tanner to incorporate her own artwork and animations into scores and performances. “A voice that should be heard” (For Folk’s Sake), Tanner’s work has been performed on such programs as New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music 9, by Miami-based chamber orchestra Nu Deco Ensemble, at the 2018 New Music Gathering, at Spectrum Underground, on Sō Percussion’s Brooklyn Bound series, and at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Upcoming projects include a new piece for orchestra and voice for Albany Symphony (in collaboration with librettist Vanessa Moody), a work for the chamber group Conduit in collaboration with filmmaker Julian Bridges, and a new orchestral piece for New York Youth Symphony (co-commissioned with Interlochen Center for the Arts). Tanner is thrilled to have been named a recent recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship. This season she will be attending the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. 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 Bachelors 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 Masters in Music Composition from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Hannah Lash, Christopher Theofanidis, Aaron Jay Kernis and David Lang.