Joseph White was one of the founding members of the International Horn Society, worked with Bill Robinson in organizing the first International Horn Workshop in 1969, and spent most of his career teaching horn and theory at Florida State University. "He was a truly wonderful person and a very thorough teacher in everything that he did," says Bill.
Joe attended Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Mason Jones, James Chambers, and Joseph Eger, studying with Anton Horner, whom he greatly admired. He later earned a doctorate at the University of Michigan and immediately started teaching at Florida State, where he also took on many administrative duties. He even worked part-time after his retirement until his death while working in his office on a Saturday.
Joe was an IHS Advisory Board member (1971-1974). He led the committee to draft the constitution for the IHS in 1971, appointing Alex Grieve, Michael Höltzel, Harry Hoffman, Robert Marsh, Lowell Shaw, and James Winter to work with him. He was honored with the Punto Award at the 25th IHS symposium in Tallahassee FL in 1993.