Charles Whitehead is a New Zealand concert-pianist of Maori, English and Samoan heritage. Dr.Whitehead received his PhD in Fine Arts Performance from Texas Tech University. Dr. Whitehead has performed throughout the world as a soloist with a diverse repertoire ranging from Orlando Gibbons to Charles Wuorinen. His professional interests extend to chamber music, opera, musical theatre and Latin jazz. As a PhD Candidate at Texas Tech, he was mentored by Artist-in-Residence, Dr. William Westney and while in the Master of Music and Artist Diploma Programs at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, he studied with 1985 Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist, Jose Feghali. As a resident in Fort Worth, Texas, Dr.Whitehead was actively involved in TCU's New Music Ensemble, playing solo piano music by Bernard Rands and Ludmila Yurina in US premiere performances. In addition, he has worked extensively as a collaborative pianist, choral director, vocal coach, musical director and arranger.
Dr. Whitehead is the composer of sacred compositions and two original musical theatre works with libretto by Emmy award-winning writer Dr. Richard Allen, both of which premiered in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
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