Originally from the United Kingdom, Will Porter (pronouns: he/him) joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in 2018. Previously, he taught at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Will has performed with orchestras throughout Europe, South America, and North America, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. From 2009-2014, Will held the position of Co-Principal Trombone with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, at the Teatro Municipal, in Santiago, Chile. Will gave solo performances at the 2018 International Trombone Festival, and the 2019 American Trombone Workshop.
Will’s research interests examine the relationships between classical-music education and social development, and from 2016-2017 he spent 12 months performing, teaching and researching in Mozambique. His previous research in East Africa has included working with brass bands in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Will regularly works with court-involved youth at juvenile detention centers and youth shelters in Wisconsin and Illinois, where he gives music workshops and teaches trumpet and trombone.
A first-generation student, Will is a graduate of the University of Leeds (BMus Hons), the Royal Academy of Music (MMus and LRAM), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA), where he was a University Fellow. Will is an Edwards Trombone Performing Artist.
“I’ve been playing Edwards trombones from the first day of my university studies to all the way through my professional career, and have yet to find a trombone that can better suit my needs. One key criterion for my choice of trombone is flexibility; I play with symphony orchestras, jazz combos, in brass quintets, and on solo recitals. I also collaborate with musicians from other parts of the world, who appreciate different colors and tonalities to those that a Western symphony orchestra musician might choose to emphasize. I have always been able to find the sound and level of responsiveness on my Edwards trombone that different musical situations have required of me.”