John-Paul White

John-Paul White

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John-Paul White
Professor of Music and Voice

Department of Music, Theatre and Dance


John-Paul White is professor of music and voice in Oakland University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. His decades-long professional singing career has spawned many highlights, including international and domestic performances with notable opera companies, such as the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the New Orleans Opera, the Michigan Opera Theatre and Frankfurt, Germany’s  Alte Opera.

One of his most memorable performances was before a crowd that included family members and Oakland colleagues, as White made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2001 with the New England Symphony as the bass soloist in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven Mass in C.

After singing professionally overseas, White joined the OU community in 1984 and was named the first Travis Professor of Music.  White also has received a grant from the Corbett Foundation for young singers pursuing a professional career, and he was a winner in the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions, which seek to find the most promising singers in the country.

White is the head of Oakland’s voice faculty and teaches all levels of applied voice, from introductory to advanced courses. He also leads a course in vocal techniques offering non-majors the chance to receive professional voice training.

Along with teaching and performing, White is an expert in vocal health and rehabilitation. Over the years, he has worked with laryngologists and speech pathologists to help people dealing with voice-related problems.

White earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Baylor University and holds the Diploma in Opera from the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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