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Mr Tim White

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6117
Mobile: 0478 630 900
Email: t.white@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.116  

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

Background

Tim White is the Coordinator of Classical Music at WAAPA, where he has led the percussion programme since 1994, coordinates 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 – Coordinator 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.

Research Outputs

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2019). Striking Innovations – interrogating the role of gesture and theatricality in contemporary percussion performance practice. Fremantle Arts Centre and the WA Academy of Performing Arts.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2018). Percussion as Theatre: reconsidering the percussion ensemble via novel repertoire. Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth Concert Hall, ABC TV, WA Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2017). Interrogating the Interface between Sound and Light: Eleven World Premiere Performances in Defying Gravity’s Kaboom!. WAAPA at Edith Cowan University.
  • White, T. (2017). Defying Gravity: Steve Reich Under The Stars at Fremantle Arts Centre. Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • White, T. (2017). Hit Parade Festival of Innovation and New Music in Percussion. WAAPA at Edith Cowan University, and Methodist Ladies College.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2016). Sound Disintegration: new works at the 2016 Australian Percussion Gathering. Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
  • White, T. (2016). Drums are the New Violins: New works and innovative techniques with Defying Gravity. Fremantle Arts Centre and Edith Cowan University.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2015). Defying Gravity’s ‘Stereo Action’ - Music Director. WAAPA Music Auditorium.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T., Wickham, D. (2014). Petrushka, Concerto in G and O Fortuna Re-imagined and Re-invented for Percussion. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2014). Multi-Percussion Innovation in Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2014). Defying Gravity’s ‘Fascinating Rhythms’ : Creating New Performance Paradigms. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2014). Three Faces of Contemporary Percussion : WAAPA Direct. Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth.
  • White, T. (2014). Defying Gravity: ‘Fiesta!’ : Establishing New Directions in Percussion. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T., Everall, P. (2014). Inventing a New World: New Music for Percussion and Clarinet. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2014). The Fire and the Rose: Baroque and Classical Timpani Performance. Albert Hall, Canberra.
  • White, T., Devenish, L. (2014). 2014 WA Day of Percussion: Synthesizing and Creating Knowledge in Contemporary Percussion. WAAPA Music Auditorium; Handa Percussion Studio.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2013). Inuksuit by John Luther Adams - Defying Gravity. Ron Stone Park, Mount Lawley, Perth.
  • White, T. (2013). Defying Gravity: ‘Drumming Up A Storm’. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2013). Carmina Burana and Rio Grande. St Georges Cathedral, Perth.
  • White, T. (2013). Handel's Messiah. Perth Concert Hall.
  • White, T. (2013). Carnivale! and Freddy Poncin - Defying Gravity. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2013). Mozart's Mass in C Minor & Requiem. Perth Concert Hall.
  • White, T. (2013). The Antihero Suite, Living Toys and Frankenstein. Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • Wickham, D., White, T. (2013). An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue. Music Auditorium, WAAPA.
  • White, T. (2013). 2013 WA Day of Percussion. WAAPA.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2012). Inuksuit. South Lawn at Melbourne University.
  • White, T. (2012). Tim White and WA Symphony Orchestra. Perth Concert Hall, His Majesty's Theatre, Astor Theatre etc.
  • White, T. (2012). Defying Gravity: 25th Birthday Celebrations - Music Director. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2012). Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble - Music Director. Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth.
  • White, T. (2012). Western Australian Day of Percussion. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2012). Thunderstruck - Music Director. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2012). Defying Gravity in Sounds Outback (... to Reef ). Exmouth Oval, Shothole Canyon, Ningaloo Sunrise Beach, Bullara Station.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2011). Commonwealth Festival Perth 2011 - Opening Celebration Performance. Supreme Court Gardens.
  • White, T. (2011). Tim White and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Perth Concert Hall.
  • White, T. (2011). Defying Gravity presents 'Marimba Magic'. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2011). Defying Gravity presents 'Virtuoso!'. WAAPA Music Auditorium.
  • White, T. (2011). Defying Gravity - Stereo Action with Tim White. Burswood Grand Ballroom.
  • White, T. (2011). CHOGM Opening Ceremony. Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2010). Ross Edwards: Elegies and Epiphanies - Percussion. Perth Concert Hall.
  • White, T. (2010). The Roots of Rhythm - Director. Midland Junction Arts Centre.
  • White, T. (2010). Andrew Ford: A Dream of Drowning - Percussion. Perth Concert Hall.
  • White, T. (2010). Kaija Saariaho: Laterna Magica - Percussion. Perth Concert Hall.
  • White, T. (2010). Sir John Tavener: Little Ceremonial - Percussion. Perth Concert Hall.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2009). Anderson And Kats-Chernin Premieres. Perth Concert Hall.
  • White, T. (2009). John Adams: A Flowering Tree. Perth Concert Hall.
  • White, T. (2009). Ledger And Lindberg Premieres. Perth Concert Hall.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2004). Defying Gravity: ABC Classic FM Recording. Tim White.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • White, T. (2003). WA Percussion Showcase at the Australian National University. ANU Arts Centre Theatre in Canberra.

Research Student Supervision

Assistant Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The double keyboard: An explorative investigation of a nascent solo percussion idiom
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Feminist reclamation of Medea through Percussion Theatre

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.

Assistant Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Examination of the Evolution of Multi-percussion
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