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Mr Tim White

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9370 6117, Mobile: 0478630900, Email: t.white@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML1.116
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6117
Mobile: 0478630900
Email: t.white@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.116  

 

Tim White is the Co-ordinator of Classical Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He is a Senior Lecturer in Music, leads WAAPA’s percussion programme, co-ordinates all of WAAPA’s classical ensembles, supervises postgraduate students, and directs the award-winning ‘Defying Gravity’ percussion ensemble.

Background

Tim White is the Co-ordinator of Classical Music at WAAPA, where he has led the percussion programme since 1994, co-ordinates all of WAAPA’s classical ensembles, and directs the award-winning ‘Defying Gravity’ percussion ensemble.

Tim has played more than 3,000 concerts with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra - where he was Principal Percussionist for 28 years – and has performed with all ten of Australia’s professional symphony and theatre orchestras. He’s also been Principal Percussionist of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and spent a year guesting with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As a concerto soloist, Tim performed the Australian and German premieres of Per Norgard’s ‘Percussion Concerto’ as well as the WA premieres of percussion concertos by Richard Mills, Paul Creston and Darius Milhaud. He’s also performed as a soloist for the Perth International Arts Festival.

Tim was born in Canberra and grew up on Christmas Island. As a teenager he fell in love with The Beatles, got hooked on classical music and took up percussion, studying in Sydney, Denmark, Germany and the USA. He holds two Masters degrees in music performance, won a Churchill Fellowship in 1999, directed the ‘Rhythms of Life’ percussion festival for the Australian National Academy of Music in 2003, and was Musical Director of the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 2010 National Music Camp. In 2014 Tim won ECU’s ‘Vice- Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching’, and in 2015 the federal Education Minister presented him with the ‘Australian Award for Teaching Excellence’.

Tim has performed with Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, James Galway, Sumi Jo, Midori, Bryn Terfel, Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Ben Folds, Tim Minchin, Jon Lord, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick, John Farnham, Gary Burton and Chick Corea.

  • 2016 - present – Acting Co-ordinator of Classical Music
  • 1994 - present – Senior Lecturer in Music, Area Head of Percussion and Musical Director of WAAPA’s ‘Defying Gravity’ percussion ensemble
  • 1985 - 2013 – Principal Percussionist of the WA Symphony Orchestra
  • 2010 – Musical Director of Australian Youth Orchestra’s ‘National Music Camp’
  • 2003 – Musical Director of Australian National Academy of Music’s ‘Rhythms of Life’ Festival
  • 1983-84 – Principal Percussionist of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • 1981-83 – freelance performer with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria

Professional Associations

  • Percussive Arts Society
  • Music Council of Australia
  • Australian Music Centre
  • Musicological Society of Australia
  • ABODA WA

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2010 – Musical Director of Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp
  • 2003 – Director of Australian National Academy of Music’s ‘Rhythms of Life’ percussion festival
  • 1999 – Churchill Fellowship
  • 1991/92 – German Government DAAD Scholarship

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2015 – Australian Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2014 – ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Research Areas and Interests

  • Contemporary Percussion
  • Orchestral Music
  • Art of Performance
  • Performance Psychology
  • Music Education

Qualifications

  • Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training, TAFE WA, 2005.
  • Meisterklassendiplom, Germany, 1994.
  • Master of Music, The University of Western Australia, 1992.
  • Bachelor of Music, The University of Sydney, 1987.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • White, T., (2016), Sound Disintegration: new works at the 2016 Australian Percussion Gathering. Reverberations, Concert 7, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
  • White, T., (2016), Drums are the New Violins: New works and innovative techniques with Defying Gravity. Defying Gravity: Karma and Latin Carnivale, Fremantle Arts Centre and WAAPA, Edith Cowan University, Fremantle Arts Centre and Edith Cowan University.
  • White, T., (2015), Defying Gravity?s `Stereo Action? - Music Director. Defying Gravity : `Stereo Action? , WAAPA Music Auditorium, WAAPA and Tim White.
  • White, T., Devenish, L., (2014), 2014 WA Day of Percussion: Synthesizing and Creating Knowledge in Contemporary Percussion. Western Australian Day of Percussion 2014 , WAAPA Music Auditorium; Handa Percussion Studio, WAAPA and PAS.
  • White, T., (2014), The Fire and the Rose: Baroque and Classical Timpani Performance. Canberra International Music Festival, Albert Hall, Canberra.
  • White, T., Everall, P., (2014), Inventing a New World: New Music for Percussion and Clarinet. Classical Tuesdays: WAAPA Virtuosi I, WAAPA Music Auditorium, Tim White and Philip Everall.
  • White, T., (2014), Three Faces of Contemporary Percussion : WAAPA Direct. WAAPA Direct, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WAAPA and Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • White, T., (2014), Defying Gravity?s `Fascinating Rhythms? : Creating New Performance Paradigms. Fascinating Rhythms, WAAPA Music Auditorium, Tim White and WAAPA .
  • White, T., (2014), Defying Gravity: `Fiesta!? : Establishing New Directions in Percussion. Fiesta!, WAAPA Music Auditorium, Tim White and WAAPA .
  • White, T., Wickham, D., (2014), Petrushka, Concerto in G and O Fortuna Re-imagined and Re-invented for Percussion. Petrushka and Classical Tuesdays, WAAPA Music Auditorium, Tim White, David Wickham and WAAPA.
  • White, T., (2014), Multi-Percussion Innovation in Igor Stravinsky?s The Soldier?s Tale. Igor Stravinsky?s A Soldier?s Tale, WAAPA Music Auditorium, WAAPA and Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • White, T., (2013), Carnivale! and Freddy Poncin - Defying Gravity. Carnivale! and Defying Gravity with Freddy Poncin Percussion, WAAPA Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • White, T., (2013), Inuksuit by John Luther Adams - Defying Gravity. WAAPA in the Park, Ron Stone Park, Mount Lawley, Perth, WAAPA.
  • White, T., (2013), Carmina Burana and Rio Grande. Orff?s Carmina Burana , St Georges Cathedral, Perth, St Georges Cathedral.
  • White, T., (2013), Mozart's Mass in C Minor & Requiem. Mozart's Mass in C Minor & Requiem , Perth Concert Hall, St George's Cathedral.
  • White, T., (2013), The Antihero Suite, Living Toys and Frankenstein. Perth International Arts Festival: Soft Soft Loud, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth International Arts Festival.
  • Wickham, D., White, T., (2013), An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue. The World of George Gershwin, Music Auditorium, WAAPA, WAAPA.
  • White, T., (2013), Defying Gravity: `Drumming Up A Storm?. Drumming Up A Storm, WAAPA Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • White, T., (2013), 2013 WA Day of Percussion. 2013 WA Day of Percussion, WAAPA, Tim White and Percussive Arts Society.
  • White, T., (2013), Handel's Messiah. Handel's Messiah , Perth Concert Hall, St Georges Cathedral Concert/The Musician's Table.
  • White, T., (2012), Tim White and WA Symphony Orchestra. WA Symphony Orchestra 2012 season, including 'Latitude 1' and 'Latitude 2', Perth Concert Hall, His Majesty's Theatre, Astor Theatre etc, West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
  • White, T., (2012), Inuksuit. 2012 Metropolis New Music Festival: 'Inuksuit', South Lawn at Melbourne University, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
  • White, T., (2012), Defying Gravity: 25th Birthday Celebrations - Music Director. Defying Gravity: 25th Birthday Celebrations, WAAPA Music Auditorium, ECU.
  • White, T., (2012), Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble - Music Director. WAAPA Direct to Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • White, T., (2012), Western Australian Day of Percussion. Western Australian Day of Percussion, WAAPA Music Auditorium, Percussive Arts Society.
  • White, T., (2012), Defying Gravity in Sounds Outback (... to Reef ). Sounds: Outback (... to Reef ) Festival, Exmouth Oval, Shothole Canyon, Ningaloo Sunrise Beach, Bullara Station, Tura New Music.
  • White, T., (2012), Thunderstruck - Music Director. Thunderstruck Performed by Joshua Webster and Defying Gravity, WAAPA Music Auditorium, ECU.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Creating And Performing New Australian Works On The Hungarian Concert Cimbalom.
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Practicing Jazz Performance: An Investigation Into The Process That Underpins Optimal Instrumental Practice In The Jazz Idiom.
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