Jacob White
  • Instrument Assistant Principal, Horn

Jacob White (he/him/his) is a horn player based in Iowa. He currently serves as Assistant Principal Horn with the Des Moines Symphony and Assistant Horn with Orchestra Iowa. Jacob also sits 3rd Horn with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and 4th Horn with the Dubuque Symphony. In the past, he has played with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Southern California Brass Consortium, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the American Youth Symphony of Los Angeles. Jacob received his B.M. in Horn Performance from Oklahoma State University in 2018 while studying with Lanette Compton. He continued his studies at the University of Redlands in California and earned his M.M. in Horn Performance in 2020, studying with freelancer and composer Adam Wolf. 

When not performing, Jacob is an arranger, orchestrator, and transcriber. He has been arranging music for all kinds of ensembles for more than 11 years. Several of his arrangements have been performed by the Oklahoma State University Instrumental Studios, the Kendall Betts Horn Camp Ensemble, the University of Missouri - Kansas City Horn Studio, and the Texas All Star Horn Professors Horn Choir. As a composer, Jacob focuses most of his compositional efforts on the horn. In 2017, Denise Tryon, Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music, commissioned Jacob to write a piece for low horn and piano for her solo album Hope Springs Eternal. “Maiden Voyage” premiered at the 50th International Horn Symposium "The Golden History of Horn" in Muncie, Indiana.

Jacob has been a member of the Des Moines Symphony since 2022.