Robert White

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Robert White
Associate Professor, Trumpet and Assistant Director
(269) 387-4700
1422 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5434
Mailing address: 
School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • DM, Trumpet Performance and Literature, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, 2007
  • MM, Trumpet Performance, Indiana Jacobs School of Music, 1998
  • BME, Music Education, Western Michigan University, 1995
Dr. Robert White has an active career as an orchestral, chamber, commercial, and solo trumpeter.  He appears frequently with such ensembles as the Detroit Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, the Motor City Brass Quintet, and the Blossom Music Festival Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has served as guest Principal Trumpet with the Detroit and Grand Rapids Symphonies, and has been fortunate enough to play in Carnegie Hall in New York City with both the Detroit and Milwaukee Symphonies. 
Robert was previously a member of the Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina for five seasons.  Prior to 
his appointment in Charlotte, Robert performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Symphony, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic on a regular basis, and was a frequent substitute with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.  During this time, he was also a guest “Trompeta Solista” with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. 
Dr. White was an adjunct faculty member at Grand Valley State University from 2012-2014.  He 
has served previously on the faculties of Bowling Green State University, Gardner-Webb University, Indiana State University, University of Indianapolis, DePauw University, and was also a Graduate teaching assistant at Indiana University.  As a member of the Motor City Brass Quintet, Robert was faculty-in-residence at the 2011 Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts.  From 2006 to 2010, Robert taught and performed as a faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. 
Robert White holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance and Literature from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Western Michigan University.  His primary trumpet teachers are Scott Thornburg, Stephen Burns, and John Rommel.