Adjunct Instructor, Viola
Violist Dawson White has a musical profile that ranges from the symphonic world to collaborations with contemporary composers and visual artists. His solo appearances have included performing as a finalist in the MTNA National Competition in Toronto, Ontario and solo viola in Strauss's Don Quixote with the Baylor Symphony. Dawson has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Houston Composers Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Austin Symphony and was Associate Principal in the inaugural YouTube Symphony in Carnegie Hall under Michael Tilson Thomas. A graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Dawson organized an immensely successful concert series at the Rice Art Gallery titled New Art/New Music where he commissioned composers to write music based on the artwork. He is also a co-founder of the Cypress Symphony in Northwest Houston where he serves as Principal Violist and Director of Digital Media.
An avid proponent of music education, Mr. White is Adjunct Professor of Viola at Sam Houston State University and the University of St. Thomas and teaches a studio of pre-college violists through the UST Music Preparatory School. He has coached chamber music through Virtuosi of Houston and held UIL clinics in various schools across the city as well as teaching in the annual Saenz All-State camp. His students have performed in the Texas All-Region and All-State orchestras as well as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and American Festival for the Arts among others.
Dawson received a Master of Music under Ivo van der Werff and Joan DerHovsepian at Rice University and a Bachelor of Music under Kathryn Steely at Baylor University and received numerous lessons with acclaimed solo violist Hellen Callus in Santa Barbara, California. Throughout the year Mr. White regularly performs with Opera in the Heights as Associate Principal Violist and the Axiom Quartet.