We are very excited to welcome Russ Porter to our Board of Advisors! You won’t be around Russ Porter very long before you learn what’s important to him: his relationship with God, his relationship with his wife, his relationship with his family and his passion for music, which is the focal point of his business, the Rockwall School of Music.
Russ spent his early years in California and Arkansas. While in high school, his musical passion started to blossom by earning him All-State Choir status for 3 years in a row as well as acceptance into the All-Nation’s Youth in Concert Choir. The natural ‘next step’ was to enroll at Ouachita Baptist University as a music major. While at OBU, he met Karen, who was a piano performance major. They married in 1977. After they each completed their bachelor’s degree in music, they moved to Ft. Worth, TX. Russ completed his master’s degree in music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Karen completed her master’s degree in music at the University of North Texas in Denton.
Their adult professional lives have been spent in Louisiana and Texas where Russ served churches as the primary music director for all music related ministries and Karen taught classroom music to elementary age children.
In 2004, the opportunity presented itself for the Porter’s to purchase the Rockwall School of Music. For the past 16 years they have found a new opportunity to help others discover and develop their musical passion either in person or online through their School of Music. RSM has literally helped thousands of children, teens and adults pursue their love of music. Last year, RSM was a finalist in the National Music School of the Year competition. Year after year, RSM has been voted as the Best Music Studio/Lessons by Rockwall residents. For the past three years RSM has received the coveted Faith, Believe, Action award presented annually by the Musical Academy Success organization. Russ has served on the board for the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife are active in their local church.
In 2019, a dream-come-true event occurred for Russ and Karen. Rockwall School of Music opened its new, 4,000 sq ft building. Inside you will find 18 studio rooms, office spaces, reception area and a performance venue for its 40 part time teachers. staff and their 550+ students which are currently enrolled for weekly private lessons.
Russ and Karen have been blessed with two children, Kristen and Ryan. Their daughter, her husband Kevin and Kristen’s son, Logan, live in Dallas. Ryan and his wife, Chelsea, are both medical doctors who are serving as career medical missionaries overseas.
You can read more about Russ’s business at his website here.