In 2011, Nicholas White was appointed to the post of director of Chapel music and organist, in 2012 being named chair of the Arts Department at the School. Mr. White’s musical career has evolved over a period of 25 years spent in the United States. He is a Grammy-nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2013 he was appointed music director of the Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.
Mr. White has given many performances throughout the United States, with a steady stream of commissions from musical organizations across the world. Immediately prior to his appointment at St. Paul’s, he was artistic director of Joyful Noise (Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus), a choral organization based in Northwest Connecticut, and organist and choirmaster of St. John's Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms, Mass. Mr. White was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become organ scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, from 1986 to 1989. Since coming to the U.S. in 1989, Mr. White has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools, including Washington National Cathedral (assistant organist and choirmaster), Cathedral Choral Society (keyboard artist) and Woodley Ensemble (music director) in Washington, D.C.; and St. Michael’s Church (organist and choirmaster), Dalton School (choir director), and Columbia University (adjunct organist) in New York City.
In 2003 Mr. White founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group's first CD, "O Magnum Mysterium" was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, "In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White,” was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label. His all-Bach organ recording – “The Amsterdam Bach” – is available on the Pro Organo label. His work is also represented on the Gothic, Raven, Meridian and Gamut labels.
Mr. White is an active and critically acclaimed composer, with music published by Hinshaw, Trinitas, Augsburg Fortress, Mark Foster and Oxford University Press. His large-scale work for solo soprano, chorus, organ, brass and percussion -"Magnificat" - was premiered at the National Cathedral in 1997, and was performed in a newly orchestrated version in May 2009. Other commissions include "Full Freedom," a piece for multiple choirs, instrumentalists and dancers, written for the annual choral tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in January 2002 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, D.C., commissioned White’s 2013 setting of Poe’s “The Raven,” which received great critical acclaim and was recently repeated at the School.