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Christopher White

  • Christopher White has been the Assistant Principal Bass of the Virginia Symphony since 1998. He was born and raised in Rhode Island, where he learned to play the piano, and later turned to the double bass at age 12. After high school, he decided to pursue a career in music performance at the University of Rhode Island where he studied with David Cobb, principal bassist of the Vermont Symphony. In 1993, he was appointed as Principal bass of the New Bedford Symphony in Massachusetts, and section bass in the Vermont Symphony. While at URI, Mr. White received the Theodore Presser Foundation award for musical and academic excellence. He went on to major in Orchestral performance at the Manhattan School of music where he studied with Timothy Cobb, principal bassist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1996, Mr. White earned a spot in the prestigious New World Symphony in Miami under Michael Tilson Thomas where he played co-principal bass until he won his position with the Virginia Symphony in 1998. In 2000, Mr. White won the double bass audition for the Grant Park orchestra in Chicago where he continues to perform for 10 weeks each Summer. He currently teaches double bass at Old Dominion University and the Governor's School for the Arts as well as teaching privately. He resides in Ghent with his wife, Joanne Meyer White, second flute of the Virginia Symphony and their 2 children, Brayton and Evelyn.
  • Education

    Manhattan School of Music, 1994
    Major: Orchestral Performance
    Degree: M.M.
    University of Rhode Island, 1992
    Major: Performance
    Degree: Bachelor's of Music
  • Expertise

    Double Bass