As an artist, Dustin White is particularly interested in the intersection of Western contemporary art music and non-Western flute traditions and how musicians can approach such music in a culturally-sensitive way. He is a strong advocate of living composers and has premiered solo, chamber, and ensemble works of both emerging and established composers. Being a classically-trained musician, he also enjoys and is comfortable in many traditional styles and has extensively studied and performed traditional solo, chamber, and large ensemble/orchestral repertoire.
Dustin has served as Assistant Director of the International Flute Symposium where he was also a workshop clinician. In 2020 he was selected as a solo and ensemble performer as well as a workshop clinician for the Flute Society of Washington's annual Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention. As a member of the Equinox flute quartet, he was awarded a cash prize in the graduate division of West Virginia University's annual chamber music competition. He's also placed second in the Rochester Flute Association's Emerging Artist Competition. Additionally, he was awarded the Kenneth C. Cottrell Scholarship at SUNY Potsdam for excellence in performance as a music education major.
Dustin holds an Initial Teaching Certification for K-12 Music in New York State and has received the Catherine A. English Award for excellence in student teaching. (See Teaching)
Aside from performing and teaching, he has also completed arrangements, piano reductions, and electronic printing of the works of Keith Gates and others using Sibelius. He has experience with both performing and creating electronic music using several different software programs.
Dustin received his BM at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and anticipates receiving his MM from West Virginia University this spring. His principal teachers include John Oberbrunner, Kenneth Andrews, and Nina Assimakopoulos.
Dustin plays on a silver Powell Conservatory flute with an aurumite soloist-cut headjoint and a vintage Haynes Custom grenadilla wood piccolo.