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Fine Arts Center, Suite E, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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Eliot Porter

  • Artist/Teacher in Classical String Bass
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401-874-2431
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  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Eliot Porter has played as principal bass in many area orchestras including the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Worcester Orchestra, Providence Opera Theatre Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, Great Woods Festival Orchestra, New England Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Opera Rhode Island, Ocean State Lyric Opera, Providence New Music Ensemble, Festival Ballet and Newport Music Festival, and in the bass section of orchestras such as the Opera Company of Boston, Boston Ballet, Springfield Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival, Portland Symphony and the New Haven Symphony. He is first-call electric bassist for Rhode Island Philharmonic, Providence Performing Arts Center and Vermont Symphony.

As a freelancer, Porter has accompanied artists ranging from Pavarotti to Brian Wilson to YES, and as a rhythm section player on the string bass and electric bass, he has accompanied many more artists including Michael Feinstein, Connie Francis, Joel Grey, Helen Reddy, Rita Moreno, Patti Lupone, Charlotte Church and Bernadette Peters. In addition, Porter has played in numerous pit orchestras for musical theater, locally and on international tours, with shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Sound of Music andWest Side Story.

Along with teaching at the Univeristy of Rhode Island, Porter teaches bass students at the Music School (founding faculty), the Wheeler School, Brown University, Rhode Island College, St. George’s School, UMass Dartmouth, Community College of RI, and Providence College. Additionally, he maintains a private studio of students.

In addition to his musical talents, Porter enjoys running, swimming, hiking, and climbing. He has accomplished his goal of climbing all of New Hampshire’s 4000-foot mountains and ran in his first triathlon this past summer.


  • Master of Arts, Brown University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Boston University
  • Attended University of Michigan

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