Kim Portnoy | Webster University

Kim Portnoy

Director of Composition
Associate Professor of Music
Composition, orchestration, jazz studies


Kim PortnoyKim Portnoy received the Bachelor's and Masters degrees in Composition from Washington University.

Professor Portnoy teaches classes in jazz theory, composition, and orchestration. He performs with the Webster Faculty Jazz Ensemble and frequently as a pianist with his own trio and big band.

He is recognized as a versatile composer in classical and jazz idioms. He has received commissions from numerous institutions, including the Arts & Education Council, the McDonnell Planetarium, Temple Emanuel, the Parkway School District, Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Missouri Arts Council. The St. Louis Children's Choirs, The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Space Coast Philharmonic, and others have performed his compositions and arrangements. His composition, most this amazing day, ten songs on texts by e. e. cummings was performed by the Webster Jazz Singers at the 2000 International Association of Jazz Educators Convention in New Orleans. The Webster University Symphony Orchestra recently premiered Bluework, a concerto for piano and orchestra with pianist Carolbeth True as soloist.

Professor Portnoy has also appeared on recordings including “The Keys to the City” by Jay Hungerford and “All in Good Time” with Asa Harris. One of Portnoy's songs, sitting in a tree, can be heard on singer Christine Hitt's album You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To. The album Wash Away the Dust of Everyday Life, released in 1998, features the Kim Portnoy Jazz Orchestra performing his works.

A compact disc recorded by Portnoy's trio, Brand New Day, was issued in 2004.