The Laudie D. Porter Memorial Fund was established in 1986 by the family and friends of Laudie Porter, Assistant Professor of Flute at Carleton from 1968 until her death in 1986. Not only did Laudie teach flute to hundreds of Carleton students, she also endeavored to supplement her teaching by bring­ing to the campus outstanding mu­sicians and other artists.

The fund is used each year to invite a distinguished performing or creative artist for a visit devoted both to performance and discus­sion. The first choice each year should be for women practitioners in the arts.

Past artists have included:

2018–19: Cipher, voice and violin duo
2017–18: Laura Caviani Trio with Karrin Allyson, jazz vocalist
2016–17: Gloria Cheng, piano
2015–16: NirmalaRajasekar, veena
2014–15: Yasÿe Barnewell, composer
2013–14: Lydia Artymiw, piano
2012–13: Sarah Kirkland, composer; Brenda Brenner, violin
2011–12: Joan Griffith, composer, guitar and mandolin
2010–11: Harpourri, harp ensemble
2009–10: Asteria
2008–09: Emily Lodine, mezzo-soprano
2001–02: Carolyn Pratt, soprano
1999–00: Sharon Isbin, guitarist
1996–97: Sylvia Rhyne, soprano
1995–96: Sheila Adams, Appalachian balladeer, banjo player, and author
1994–95: Jane Hamilton, author
1993–94: Jeanne Arland Peterson and Patty Peterson, jazz pianists and vocalists
1992–93: Linda Shapiro, dancer and choreographer
1991–92: Mary Ellen Childs, composer
1990–91: Susan Allen Toth, author
1989–90: Libby Larsen, composer