Mike White, a native of Flossmoor, IL, is a double bassist and teacher currently based in the Iowa City area. He is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa where he has served as the teaching assistant for the double bass studio. Mike holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois State University and completed his Master’s degree at the University of Iowa as student of Volkan Orhon. While a student, he performed with the UI Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, UI Opera, and the Center for New Music. Mike has participated in masterclasses from renowned double bassists including Diana Gannett, David Murray, Barry Green, Anthony Stoops, and Paul Sharpe.
Mike has been involved in recent chamber music projects including performances of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet, Erwin Schulhoff’s Concertino for Flute, Viola, and Double Bass, John Adams’ Chamber Symphony, Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, and James Stephenson’s “Devil’s Tale” with the Rountree Ensemble, the faculty ensemble of UW-Platteville. In June 2017, Mike performed with the UI Double Bass Ensemble at the International Society of Bassists Convention in Ithaca, NY.
Mike is a member of the WCF Symphony and also appears regularly with other ensembles including Orchestra Iowa, the Peoria Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, and the Illinois Symphony. In 2016, he performed with the Missouri Symphony during their Hot Summer Nights music festival. In 2013, Mike joined the faculty at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa where he instructs the bass studio and assists with the college’s orchestra and jazz ensemble. He also works with local high school musicians as a private teacher and clinician. In 2016, Mr. White joined the faculty of the Upper Midwest String Camp in St. Joseph, MN where he teaches bass and coaches chamber ensembles.
Mike’s other interests include aviation, travel, reading, cooking, and his goofy calico cat, Melly.