Leighton White

Visiting Assistant Professor/ Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow - Humanities - Music

Leighton White
  • Preferred Name: LJ
  • Phone: (941) 487-4620
  • Email: ljwhite@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: CFA 215
  • Mail Location: ACE 116

DMA:  Northwestern University

LJ White’s music serves ideals of direct, focused and socially relevant expression, assimilating an unrestricted array of influences through strange and evocative sonorities and rhythms, concise gestures, and apposite forms.  He has worked with many of the leading performers in contemporary classical music, including Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble SIGNAL, Ensemble Dal Niente, the JACK Quartet, the Quince Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Third Angle Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, the Spektral Quartet, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars.  Recent and forthcoming projects include collaborations with Steven Schick, Sleeping Giant, The Crossing, Chamber Project St. Louis, Mvstermind, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the San Francisco Symphony, Post:Ballet, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s “Live at the Pulitzer” series, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Music NOW” series.

White has won the Craig and Janet Swan Prize, the Margaret Blackburn Composition Competition, an Emil and Ruth Beyer Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Dolce Suono Ensemble Young Composer Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Composition Competition, and the American Prize, as well as grants from the American Composers Forum and Chamber Music America.  He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Banff Arts Centre, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and his work has been featured at venues and festivals including the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, CULTIVATE at Copland House, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the Resonant Bodies Festival, REDCAT, Omaha Under the Radar, the Breckenridge Music Festival, and the Composers Conference at Wellesley College.  White earned a doctorate in composition from Northwestern University in 2017 and taught from 2017-2020 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Fall 21 Courses:

Music Theory I

Music Theory II

Personal Websitehttp://ljwhitemusic.com.