Chaumonde Porterfield-Pyatt
Music Professor

music appreciation
music fundamentals
american rock and roll

Chaumonde Porterfield-Pyatt is a music professor of Piano, Organ, Voice, Music Appreciation, Music Fundamentals, and History of Rock and Roll. She is writing curriculum in the History of American Folk Music, and a Certificate in Keyboard Accompaniment. Many literature classes are Distance Education, as well as Correspondence into prisons. Chaumonde holds degrees in Music, Human Relations Organizational Behavior, and Education Administration from San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco. In 1989, she was granted a Fellow of Music at Wessex Theological College in Sherborne, England. She also holds credentials for Music Instruction and Supervisor in Community Colleges from University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Los Angeles.

Her prior employment was in the Visalia Unified School District as a classroom music specialist for grades 4-6; a substitute teacher for K-12; a private instructor in piano, voice and organ; and a church organist/choir director for forty years.

Chaumonde studied piano with Effie Curtiss from Oberlin Conservatory; Vladimir Brenner at San Francisco State, as well as composer/organist Richard Purvis. She performed with the San Francisco Symphony with composers Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, and conductor Josef Krips from Vienna. Through University of London, she researched historical organs in five countries, culminating in a vocal/piano concert broadcasted over BBC. Locally, Chaumonde has performed multiple concerts in organ and piano, guest pianist with the Kings County Symphony, Mozart Festivals, and served as the Tulare County Symphony organist.

Porterfield-Pyatt has published music articles in The American Organist, Theatre Organ, The Console, and The Noteworthy journals. Students have nominated Chaumonde annually for publication in the Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

Being a native Visalian, Chaumonde is married to Melvin Pyatt and has four children: Brian Porterfield, twins Kevin and Erik Porterfield, and Michelle Pyatt. She is enjoying being a grandmother to several grandsons and a granddaughter.

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