Nate White was appointed conductor of Sinfonia in December 2015 after serving as interim conductor since September. He is known primarily as a freelance double bassist and private teacher working in the greater NJ area. After beginning his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, he continued the remainder of his studies at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. There he studied double bass with Linda McKnight and conducting with Paul Hostetter. Nate joined the NJYS family as a student back in 1989, and has been around ever since. Over the years he has served as a bass coach, music theory instructor, chamber music manager, and conductor of the NJYS Summer Camp Orchestra.
A gifted soloist, Nate has performed solo concerti with several orchestras including the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the Philharmonic Orchestra of NJ, the Doctor’s Society Orchestra of NY and the Montclair State University Symphony. In 1999, he won the Grand Prize of the NJ ASTA State Solo Competition and in 2008 he won the Montclair State University Concerto Competition. Nate can often be seen performing with the South Orange Symphony, the Northentier Symphony, The Central Jersey Symphony, The Staten Island Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Peter’s by the Sea, the Eastern Wind Symphony, and the Bravura Philharmonic.
In 2008, Nate founded the Freelance Ensemble Artists of NJ with the purpose of extending more professional performance experience to young student musicians. He now serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the FEA Orchestra, a group made up of professional performers and music educators who take the stage with advanced college and high school student musicians.