A native of Texas, Samuel Porter received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Organ from Baylor University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of Alabama. In addition, Dr. Porter is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. A church organist since the age of eleven, Dr. Porter has served churches in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennesse, Oklahoma, and Idaho, and is currently organist at the First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi and adjunct music faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi. A noted organ recitalist and accompanist, Dr. Porter has played recitals as organist, pianist or assisting artist throughout the United States, in Europe and in South America. He has presented solo and lecture recitals for local chapters of the AGO and for regional and national conventions of that organization. During his tenure at Boise's Cathedral of the Rockies, Dr. Porter was Chair of Boise Music Weeks's annual Church night, played annual recitals at the Cathedral and toured each year with the Cathedral's choirs. He is a published author and composer (The American Organist, The Diapason, and organ works are published by Adoro Music Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI).
He is the organist for the closing worship service.