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Jay White has realized a performing career as a professional chorister and alto soloist spanning more than 35 years. He has sung every style from pre-medieval to post-modern to present-musical. Most recent choral positions include those with Quire Cleveland and Apollo’s Fire Singers, among many others.  As a choral singer, soloist, and chamber singer, he has participated in more than 1400 performances around the globe.


Jay sang eight seasons with the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Chanticleer, with whom he traveled to over 40 states and 15 foreign countries, performing in such venues as Cleveland Severance Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY) and shared the stage with Frederica von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, and Sting.  No stranger to the recording process, Jay can be heard on more than 45 albums, including three nominations and two GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings with Chanticleer.


Dr. White received his training at the Early Music Institute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the University of Maryland School of Music and Maryland Opera Studio. He holds Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, with studies in vocal performance, musicology and performance practice, and pedagogy and vocology. He has served in higher education over 15 years, and on the faculties of University of Maryland, University of Delaware, and DePauw University. Dr. White is currently Professor of Voice at the Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music.


In July 2018, Dr. White has added to his long-standing work as a choral artist that of Artistic Director of Quire Cleveland ( and company actor with Kent State University’s Porthouse Theatre.

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