Inspirational Speaker, Professor & Principal Tubist
With over two decades of performing on the world’s classical music stages, tubist Richard White has matured into a musician known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility. Author of the memoir I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream, he began his tuba studies with Ed Goldstein at age twelve at The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, where he graduated with honors. He then went to the Peabody Conservatory of Music to study with David Fedderly (Principal Tubist, Baltimore Symphony) where he received his Bachelor’s degree. On the advice of Mr. Fedderly, Richard traveled to Indiana University to study with the legendary Professor Daniel Perantoni. He continued his studies there receiving both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees becoming the first African American in the world to receive a DM in Tuba Performance. Read More >
How the Tuba Got Him Off the Streets of Baltimore | The Daily Show
Journey From Homelessness to ‘Belonging’ On Stage | PBS NewsHour
From Street to Stage | CBS News
The Daily Show Appearance Bonus Clip
R.A.W. Tuba – Official Trailer
I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream
Science of Sound – Experiments at Home
The story of a Baltimore kid who experienced intermittent homelessness, and went on to become the first African American, in the world to receive Doctorate of Music in Tuba. This speech is most suited and requested by educational institutions, youth organizations, homeless organizations, and arts organization.
Changing the social consciousness of our society by creating and showing how diversity, inclusion, and equity can be expressed through meaningful dialogues in education, administration, and community outreach. This speech is mostly requested by non-profit organizations, arts councils, and community centers.
Achievement in every field of human endeavor. Words of wisdom for anyone just starting or trying to find their way. An inspiring/motivation talk about hope, kindness, paying it forward and the power of the imagination. This speech is mostly requested for graduation ceremonies, key note speaking engagements, and corporations.
"I can not thank you enough for being part of our day! You are an inspiration to more than just our homeless students and families, you touched so many lives today. I love your message about striving for the possibilities in life and having the same expectations for all students. I plan to help families build upon their foundation so they can see what is possible."
"Dr. White's story impacted me to the core. His story really shows that you can do anything you put your mind to. Seeing how he grew up and what he grew into makes me want to work ten times harder. His principles in life also really opened my eyes. Although the documentary was only 3% of his life, it still drove a bunch of points home to me. He also repeated a lot of the things my instructors have been telling me for the last few years. Dr. White's story was very influential and I am going to take the knowledge I gained from him and put towards my future."
"I am a junior in the Instrumental department at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Having the seminar with you was really refreshing. Currently I have been stuck. If you will, picture a boat in the middle of the ocean. There isn't any land, wind or waves. That's how I have felt during this pandemic and it is really annoying. However, today you gave me a gust of wind that pushed me forward. The words you spoke opened my eyes and gave me a lot of motivation. The documentary also pushed me to believe in myself. Lately I have been doubting my worth. I have great dreams, but wasn't sure if I could make them a reality. You have pushed me forward and I thank you."
"Great meeting you and hearing your positive outlook radiate. Truly an inspiring individual!"
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