A Big Band Christmas Jam
12/11/21 at 08:00pm
Jacob White began playing the horn at 10 years old in his hometown of Owasso, Oklahoma. Owasso High School Band directors David and Jana Gorham were his first teachers. After graduation, Jacob attended The Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University, studying with Lanette Lopez-Compton. While at OSU, he actively participated in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. In his undergraduate studies Jacob also took the opportunity to perform with, compose, and arrange for the various OSU Horn Ensembles. At the end of his studies, Jacob was named the Presser Scholar for his graduating class.
Currently, Jacob is in pursuit of a Master of Music Degree in Horn Performance at the University of Redlands in California, where he studies with freelancer, performer, and composer Adam Wolf. He now performs with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, U of R Wind Ensemble, U of R Orchestra, the Pastel Winds, and the school’s Horn Choir, for which he also acts as conductor. When not performing at the school, he is a freelancer in the Los Angeles area, performing with groups such as Encore Studios, the Southern California Brass Consortium, and the American Youth Symphony. In the past, Jacob has performed with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the FOOSA Philharmonic in Fresno, California.
Jacob has attended several horn-related workshops throughout the United States and competed in a number of competitions. Among such competitions, he personally won the High Horn Orchestral Mock Audition at the Mid-South Horn Workshop in 2017 in Conway, Arkansas, and his quartet, BAHQ, won the Quartet Competition at the Mid-South Horn Workshop in 2016 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. In 2018, Jacob placed second in the University of Redlands Concerto Competition and performed the Gordon Jacob Concerto for Horn and Strings with the University of Redlands Orchestra.
When not performing, Jacob is an arranger, orchestrator, and transcriber. He has been arranging music for all kinds of ensembles for more than eight years. Several of his arrangements have been performed by the Oklahoma State University Instrumental Studios, the Kendall Betts Horn Camp Ensemble, the University of Missouri–Kansas City Horn Studio, and the Texas All Star Horn Professors Horn Choir. They have also been performed at International Horn Symposiums, the Trombonanza Festival in Argentina, and the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, as well as various schools and workshops throughout the southern United States.
As a composer, Jacob focuses most of his compositional efforts on the horn. His first composition, In a Forsaken World - Concertino for Horn and Piano, premiered on his senior recital in Spring 2017. Denise Tryon, Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, recently commissioned Jacob to write a piece for low horn and piano for her next solo album. Maiden Voyage was premiered at the 50th International Horn Symposium “The Golden History of Horn” in Muncie, Indiana, and will be released later this year.
In his free time, Jacob enjoys fishing, aviation, video games, and Netflix.
Photo of Jacob White by Emily Passini