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Dr. Kay White

Katherine Sherwood White is an adjunct member of the music faculty at UAFS, where she teaches Applied Voice and Music Appreciation. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. As part of her doctoral studies, she designed and implemented a series of educational presentations on the subject of American art song for elementary school students. 

Musical Performances

A mezzo-soprano, White has performed leading roles with the Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera (Colorado), University of Kentucky Opera Theater and Texas Opera Theater, including the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Recent performances include three appearances with the Fort Smith Symphony (2011-12), including a Christmas Concert with Jubilant Sykes. In October 2011 she traveled to Nanjing, China, to perform as a Guest Artist with the Nanjing Festival Orchestra and teach a master class at the Nanjing Arts Institute.

Upcoming performances include the soprano and alto solos in Handel’s The Messiah with the Fort Smith Chorale, in addition to a series of recitals at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Kentucky, and as part of the Mary McDonald Artist Series in Fort Smith.

Professional Affiliations

White's professional appointments include Voice Instructor at the Academy of the Arts (2008-12), Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point (2009) and the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts in New Orleans (2007-08). She is an active member of the College Music Society and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.