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Edwin Euell Porter was born October 10, 1910 near Franklin, Texas and died September 23, 1998 in Waco Texas. He attended Hardin Simmons University and upon graduation began his teaching career at Hearne High School. In 1937, he became the new choir director at Stephen F. Austin High School in Bryan. The Stephen F. Austin A Cappella Choir toured Texas and received top honors at the choir contest at Sam Houston State Teachers college in 1945. Porter was recommended to teach voice and choir at SHSTC.

Porter accepted the offer and moved to Huntsville. He changed the name of the Mixed Chorus to A Cappella Choir. In 1947, the choir was invited to present a concert at the prestigious Lyceum Concert Series and the University of Texas. Also, during this same year, Porter became the first choral person to be elected President of TMEA. He served as president in 1948 and accepted the choral position at Hardin Simmons University. Between the years of 1948 and 1950, the Hardin-Simmons A cappella choir sang at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist convention, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Baptist General Assembly and the Texas Music Educators Annual Convention. As Porter’s reputation grew, Howard Payne and Baylor Universities tried to gain his services as their choral director. In 1955, Porter did move to Baylor and remained there to establish a choral program that sang in more than 40 states, 10 foreign countries and every major concert venue in the United States.