Richard White majored in composition at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, studying with Peter Pindar Stearns and William Sydeman, after which he privately mentored with Elie Siegmeister for nine years.
His output spans every facet of composition: His instrumental music includes many preludes and fugues for organ “constructed and modeled after Baroque principles,” five symphonies, a piano concerto, a violin concerto, sonatas for flute, oboe, and clarinet, (each with piano) Piano Variations, several woodwind quintets. His vocal music includes more than fifty songs, twenty-eight choral compositions (mostly sacred), six operas, a children's musical, a full-length musical based on the Conan Dolye character, Sherlock Holmes (story and libretto by the composer), and songs and incidental music to two Shakespeare plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest. During the last few years he had also scored many soundtracks to silent films, which can be viewed on YouTube.
White is also an accomplished violist, violinist, guitarist, pianist and conductor.
His music has been published by the Sacred Music Press and Carl Fischer, Inc. as well as his own Whitco Press.