Composer in Residence

It is a pleasure to welcome back alumnus composer/conductor William C. White back to the School as Composer in Residence for our 75th Anniversary Season. We have commissioned Mr. White to write an orchestral piece for our Children’s Concert, to be held on Thursday July 12 at 10:30 am. He will narrate the work, tentatively titled Carnival of the Animals: Maine Edition. Mr. White will also perform as pianist in another of his works, Trio for Viola, Horn, and Piano, to be performed on the July 11 program in our “Mainely Chamber Music” series.

William C. White (’04-’06)

Composer in Residence

William C. White, Composer

William C. White is a composer, conductor, performer, writer, and educator currently based in Portland, OR. His work as a composer includes works for concert, film, and theater, including several works for young audiences. His music has been performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout North America, and has been recorded on the MSR Classics and Cedille Records labels.

Mr. White served for four seasons (2011-15) as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where he was also Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, a very successful tenure which included tours to Chicago and New York, featuring all 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. During the 2015-16 season, Mr. White served as Interim Music Director of Portland’s Metropolitan Youth Symphony, leading their season-end tour to Beijing, China.

Mr. White maintains long-standing associations with several musical organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he has been a guest lecturer since 2008. He attended the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, ME for three summers, studying with Michael Jinbo, later going on to serve as Conducting Associate (2009-13) and Composer-in-Residence (2016, 2018).

Mr. White holds a masters degree in Conducting from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a bachelors in Music from the University of Chicago. He hails from Bethesda, MD, where he began his musical training as a violist. In 2015, he launched a YouTube series called “Ask a Maestro” where he answers questions about the world of classical music. He maintains a blog and publishing site at