Traditional Choir


Caleb Porter, Organist and Choirmaster

Caleb is a Senior studying Vocal Music Education at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Son of Rev. Steven J. Porter, a United Methodist Pastor, Caleb was raised in the Wesleyan liturgy and music heritage while experiencing a wide variety of music in traditional and contemporary styles.  He started taking piano lessons at an early age, joining the rest of his family in making music.  While studying with Ms. Ginny Burris of Franklinton, he was introduced to the organ as an instrument to be used for worship.  During high school, he was a member of the local Show Choir where he found a love for singing with choreography to match his passion for church music.  Also, he participated in four years of LMEA All-State and District Honor Choirs, which ultimately pushed him to pursue a degree in Music Education.  While at Southeastern Louisiana University, Caleb studied in the vocal studios of Dr. David Bernard, Dr. Chris Turner, and Dr. Kristen Marchiafava, also studying keyboard with Dr. Henry Jones.  He has had much experience leading rehearsals and conducting the SLU choirs, under the instruction of Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Alissa Rowe.  In addition, did his share of accompanying students and choirs at the college.  In December of 2013, he accompanied the SLU University Chorus on their Christmas Concert, under the direction of Mr. Brian Martinez.

 

From 2011 to 2013, Caleb served as the Organist at First United Methodist Church of Berwick and the Pianist at Patterson United Methodist Church.  In the fall of 2013, Caleb served as the Organist at FUMC of Ponchatoula on the 6-rank Wicks Pipe/Electronic Combination Organ.  He has also substituted as organist at many churches, including FUMC of DeRidder and Henning Memorial UMC in Sulphur.  He was brought on board at FUMC of Hammond in October of 2014 as the Organist and was later promoted to the position of Organist and Choirmaster.

 

Caleb is a member of the American Choral Directors' Association (ACDA), having assisted with the Louisiana conferences in 2012, 2013, and 2014.  In 2014, he served as the Student Organizer for the state conference in downtown New Orleans, coordinating the student volunteers helping with sessions and honor choir groups.  In 2015, he led and accompanied for rehearsals for the District IX Women's Honor Choir, working with students from across the Northshore area.  He is also a member of Delta Omicron Professional Music Fraternity, in which he served as Music Director for two years.