John Paul White made his professional singing debut with the New Orleans Opera as Zuniga in a cast of Carmen that included Placido Domingo. Since that auspicious beginning, he has appeared with such renowned European orchestras as the Berlin Symphony, the Frankfurt Alte Opera, and the Swiss Radio Orchestra. He made his European debut as Don Fernando in Fidelio at Stadttheater St. Gallen, Switzerland where he spent two seasons, and then for four years he sang major bass roles at the Staatstheater in Kassel, Germany. For three seasons he appeared in the internationally acclaimed Hersfeld Festival (Germany) and was a regular soloist with the Swiss Radio Orchestra, with whom he recorded Beethoven's Missa Solemnis for broadcast. He has also recorded Handel's, Messiah on the EMI label. A long list of American engagements include appearances with San Francisco, Santa Fe, Chautauqua, Baltimore, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and many others. Not limited to opera, he has also performed several seasons with the Bethlehem Bach Festival and was a resident artist at the renowned Marlboro Music Festival under the direction of Rudolf Serkin.
A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, John Paul White received his undergraduate education at Baylor University, and then went on to study with the great Wagnerian soprano, Margaret Harshaw at Indiana University and The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he received his Diploma in Opera. Among the many awards received as a student are the Corbit Foundation Award and The Philadelphia Foundation Grant. White was also a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and a first place winner in the N.A.T.S. competition.
In his other role, as Professor White, his teaching and research have ventured beyond his own singing and have led him to work with individuals with various types of vocal fold injuries. He regularly sees referrals from Beaumont and Henry Ford Hospitals in Detroit, and is a voice consultant for the Professional Voice Clinic at Henry Ford Hospital. Professor White is a contributing author in the medical text, Vocal Arts Medicine: The Care and Prevention of Professional Voice Disorders, published by Thieme.
In March of 2001, John Paul White was named the first Travis Professor of Music at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, honoring his many professional accomplishments and contributions to the university and the community. He continues an active performing career, and in May of 2001, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York as bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem, and in Beethoven's Mass in C.