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Richard  White

Richard White

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 >

For 7 years, Dr. White held the position of Principal Tubist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and from 2011 until today, he is the Principal Tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic in addition to being principal tubist of The Santa Fe Symphony. Richard enjoys teaching at the University of New Mexico, where he is a Professor of Tuba/Euphonium. Dr. White has performed with the Canadian Brass Quintet, Indiana University Faculty Brass Quintet, New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian  Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Sphinx Symphony, Chineke Orchestra, Spoleto Music Festival U.S.A., Music in the Mountains, a summer festival located in beautiful Durango, CO, and many others. Dr. White is an Adams and Conn-Selmer Artist, and performs exclusively on these instruments.

Prior to moving to New Mexico, Dr. White was one of the top freelance musicians in the Indianapolis area, where he recorded with such greats as movie film composer John Williams, Cincinnati Pops conductor Eric Kunzel, and the late great wind ensemble conductor Frederik Fennell. Throughout his musical and educational career development, Dr. White has had a passionate interest in motivational speaking. That dream has recently materialized itself with the launching of the documentary RawTuba. Sharing inspirational thoughts and philosophies that have motivated Dr. White has taken him to Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe, South East Asia and across the United States of America – with more engagements on the horizon. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

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

Speech Topics

”R.A.W. Tuba”: The Power of Overcoming, Resilience & Determination

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.

Diversity Equity & Inclusion

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.

The American Dream

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.