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Faculty & Staff SpotlightBill White

Bill White

Adjunct Professor of Vocal Jazz

In December of 2006 Bill White was invited to join the Concordia University, St. Paul music faculty to start a vocal jazz program. His group, Vox 9, first appeared in the spring semester, 2007. For 25 years previous to that Mr. White served as the Director of Choral Activities at four Minnesota high schools, with his longest tenure being at St. Agnes High School in St. Paul where he served from 1987 to 2002.

Mr. White has been active in vocal jazz for his entire career. From 1993 to 2001 he served ACDA of Minnesota as the Vocal Jazz Repertoire and Standards Chairman. Twice his vocal jazz groups have been featured performers at the Minnesota ACDA State Conference, and twice his groups have appeared on the Stage of Carnegie Hall. He has attended the Phil Mattson Summer Vocal Jazz Workshop 11 times, has been chosen as soloist for the workshop’s final concert eight times, and has had his students selected for the same honor twice. In 2010-2011 Mr. White sang in the Phil Mattson Singers, working under the direction of vocal jazz icon, Mr. Phil Mattson. In 2010 the group headlined at the 14th annual Vocal Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Mr. White’s choral groups have performed at the Minnesota ACDA State Conference as well. They have also performed at the National Catholic Education Assn. Convention, and as a solo choir at the St. Olaf College Choral Festival. In 1999, the St. Agnes High School Concert Chorale’s recording of the first movement of Vivaldi’s Gloria was selected by the Vatican for inclusion in its bi-centennial internet music compilation. Mr. White is also active in the music ministry at The Church of St. Patrick in Inver Grove Heights where he currently directs and sings in a men’s ensemble, sings in a mixed quartet, serves as cantor, and is a member of the Parish Pastoral Council.

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

  • M.M., Choral Conducting, University of Minnesota (2003)
  • B.A., Music Education, University of St. Thomas (1978)
  • B.A., French, College of St. Thomas (1973)