2020 Spark of Hope Tribute Gala Signature Mentor Award


Anthony White

Artistic Director, Detroit Youth Choir and Performing Arts Company

Anthony White is the Artistic Director for the Detroit Youth Concert Choir and Performing Arts Company. He has directed more than 1000 youth from the metro Detroit area, in which he has created a platform for them to develop their skills in performing arts.  Anthony White has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Marygrove College.  While matriculating through Marygrove College, Mr. White performed in various productions such as Ragtime, Godspell and Ain’t Misbehavin.  He also formed “Soulful Expression Ensemble” where he was able to use his God given talents of vocal music, music production, songwriting, music composition and theater.

Mr. White and the Detroit Youth Choir have performed at various places in the U.S and Canada.  The organization was awarded the Spirit of Detroit, Mary McLeod Bethune Award and the DMC Community Service Award, and was nominated for the Gospel Showcase 2015 Youth Choir of the Year Award.  In 2016, Mr. White received recognition from WXYZ Local 7 News as Person of the Week.  Lastly, the Detroit Youth Choir also won the Texas Gospel Music Excellence Award 2018.

Under his leadership, DYC has performed on local television stations such as; WDIV Local 4 News, WJBK Fox 2 News and the aforementioned PBS program Detroit Performs.  DYC was given the opportunity to be a guest on the Ron Todd Radio Talk show, as well as the Be-Moor Radio Talk Show. Throughout his journey, doors continued to open.  DYC auditioned for “America’s Got Talent”, the group was also featured on an album with the “Go Team” and recently showcased in a film documentary “America’s Musical Journey”.  In 2018, Mr. White received the 40 under 40 award from The Michigan Chronicle.  Last but not least, his ability to lead young people to musical success, has allowed the Detroit Youth Choir to receive the 313 Best in Black Detroit Award 2018 “Best Community Choir of the Year”

His passion for working with young people extends beyond DYC. Mr. White is currently employed as the Elementary District Choir Director of Oak Park, offering performing arts to any youth who wishes to use it as a vehicle for success.

Lastly, all this would not be worthwhile if it wasn’t for the love and support of his loving wife, NeQuan White and daughter Shyel, who is also a member of DYC, as well as his parents, his parents Mr. and Mrs. James White.