Gary C. White is Professor of Music, Head of Composition and Director of the Electronic Music Studio at Iowa State University. Born on May 27,1937 in Winfield, Kansas, Dr. White received his Ph.D. in Music from Michigan State university (1969). He also holds B. Mus and M. Mus. degrees from the University of Kansas. His principal composition teachers were H. Owen Reed and John Pozdro.
Among Dr. White's prizes and awards are a commission-prize from the Symposium of Contemporary Music for Brass (1974) for Composition for piano, brass, and percussion, a Toon van Balkom Prize in composition (1975), a MacDowell Colony Fellowship (1975), the Wabash Prize (1981) for Chronovisions for wind ensemble, the Kendor Music/University of Maryland Prize (1981) for Convolutions for clarinet choir, and a number of ASCAP Standard Awards. In 1985 he was named as a National Arts Associate by Sigma Alpha lota honorary fraternity in music. In addition, Dr. White has received numerous commissions and grants, including those from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; the Ames International Orchestra Festival; the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, the Leuven Carillon Committee; and the Iowa Arts Council. He is active as a guest composer and conductor in residencies sponsored by Meet the Composer, Inc. His interest in music for young people has led to the composition of a number of works for young vocalists and instrumentalists.