Johnathan Stanford White hails from Hamilton, New Jersey where he began his studies in music playing the violin with the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra. He served as the Contracted national anthem singer at Princeton University before enrolling at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina in 2004. While at the College of Charleston, Johnathan was seen as a soloist with the College of Charleston Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Taylor Festival Choir, Charleston Pro Musica, Piccolo Spoleto, Spoleto USA, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. While with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, he was a featured soloist in Messiah, Saint-Saens Christmas oratorio, and The Seven Last Words of Christ.
Johnathan performed in the College of Charleston Opera/ Musical Theatre Workshop producitons of: Oklahoma! (2004), Le Nozze di Figaro (2005), Closer Than Ever (2006), Impresario (2007), Die Fladermaus (2008), Gianni Schicchi (2009), and Mikado (2010). Johnathan made his symphonic debut as the Tenor Soloist in Honegger’s King David with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and then was a soloist again with the CSO in 2009. He was selected to sing at the Jussi Bjorling Centennial Celebration at Gustavus in 2011. As a celebrated young artist, Johnathan has been both a State and Regional Winner at the NATS competition and MTNA Voice Competition. In his senior year at the College, he was the featured soloist at ACDA conventions and other major Choral Festivals throughout the United States. Critics have celebrated his voice not only for his strong resonating instrument but also for his ability to remain sensitive to the music. Opera News has praised his voice as “unusually strong” whereas Charleston City Paper said “"I promise that you will be surprised at, and occasionally awed by, the performances—as I and the rest of this week’s audience seemed to be (in palpable silence) as Johnathan White concluded his stirring rendition.” Mr. White is currently an artist in residence with Opera Carolina and recently made his operatic debut singing the role of
Emperor Altoum in Puccini’s Turandot.