Shawn-Allyce White joins JCSU as visiting music professor
Shawn-Allyce White, a veteran of opera, musical theatre and recitals, has been named visiting assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Johnson C. Smith University.
White will collaborate with Director James Meena of Opera Carolina to build master classes on campus with guest soloists and to create opportunities for JCSU students to audition for the Opera Carolina chorus.
White has twice toured Europe in productions of “Porgy and Bess,” starring in the role of Bess. She also sung major roles in operas by Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, Offenbach, as well as soprano soloist in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8: Symphony of a Thousand, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
She also toured with the national Broadway musical productions of “Ragtime” and “Showboat.”
In addition to her work as a scholar and soloist, she also is an experienced choral director, known for balancing diverse genres and traditions.
Prior to her appointment, White was assistant choral director for the Kentucky State University Concert Choir under the direction of Carl Smith; visiting instructor of music at Berea College; and taught vocal and choral music in the public schools.
White earned a Ph.D. in musical arts from the University of Kentucky, where her research focused on African American stereotypes and identities in Gershwin’s opera, “Porgy and Bess.” She also has degrees from Yale University School of Music and Syracuse University School of Music. In 1994 she won first place in the Eastern Regional Metropolitan Opera Completion.
White will be formally introduced to the Charlotte community in a recital, followed by a reception, in September. Her mother, Barbara Buck, served as chair of JCSU’s Department of Music in the late 1990s.
White will begin her new job in July.
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