The Anderson University Department of Music has named Sallie Vines White as its 2004 Outstanding Music Alumna. White will be honored during the department’s Homecoming Concert, Friday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., Park Place Church of God. The concert is free and open to the public. In addition to teaching full-time at Hoover High School in Hoover, AL, White has developed a distinguished music career—having performed with such notables as Stevie Wonder, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Andy Williams, Joan Rivers, Ray Charles, Linda Eder, and the Bill Gaither Trio to name a few.
“I am delighted that Sallie Vines White has agreed to return to campus and accept the Outstanding Music Alumni Award for 2004,” said Dr. Jeffrey Wright, dean of the College of the Arts. “This is a person who has lived out the mission statement of Anderson University through her work as an educator and professional musician. Everyone who knows Sallie speaks highly of her personal and musical integrity and her commitment to excellence in all things. Her distinguished career bears witness to these qualities. We are fortunate to count her among our alumni.”
White graduated magna cum laude from Anderson University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Psychology. She received a Master of Music Education from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) in 1985 where she graduated “with distinction.” Following graduation, Mrs. White has continued to perform on all woodwind instruments. She began her professional career in 1974 playing for the Town and Gown Theater in Birmingham, Ala. During her career, she has toured and performed in 47 states and 17 countries.
Currently, White teaches full-time at Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala., where she conducts the award-winning Hoover High School First Edition Jazz Band, assists with the Hoover High Marching Band. In addition, she teaches Concert Band, AP Music Theory, Composition, Arranging and Improvisation. The First Edition Jazz Band has won “Superior” ratings at contests around the Southeast, has performed in Scotland and the Netherlands and has recorded 4 albums.
She has conducted numerous honor bands across the state of Alabama and has taught saxophone and jazz ensemble at several local colleges and universities including UAB, Samford University, University of Montevallo and Birmingham Southern College. Her professional memberships include Music Educators National Conference, American Band Masters Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, National Education Association, and the American Federation of Musicians. From 1989-1991, Sallie served as the president of the Alabama Chapter of International Association of Jazz Educators.
White plays saxophone with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Superjazz Big Band and several other jazz groups in the region. She is active in music ministry, performing at numerous churches in the Birmingham area and across the Southeast. She is a member of Riverchase Community Church and is married to Noah White. The couple has three children and three grandchildren.
The Homecoming Concert on October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Park Place Church of God is free and open to the public. More information about Homecoming 2003 activities at Anderson University is available online at www.anderson.edu/alumni/homecoming or by calling 765-641-4100.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education, nursing, and theology.