Behind the Music

With over three 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.  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 get a Doctorate of Music in Tuba!

Dr. White held the position of Principal Tubist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2004 until it’s untimate demise in 2011 and is currently in his tenth season as 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 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, Gateways Festival Orchestra, Spoleto Music Festival U.S.A., Music in the Mountains, a summer festival located in beautiful Durango, CO, and the Internationally Acclaimed Chineke Orchestra!  Dr. White is an Adams Artist and Conn-Selmer artist, and performs exclusively on these instruments.

When he’s not teaching or performing with these orchestras you can find Dr. White concertizing with the Gateways Brass Quintet, Enchanted Brass, and Diversity Matters.

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 his website https://rawtuba.com, award winning documentary https://www.rawtubafilm.com, signing with American Public Bureau https://www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/richard-white, and the release of his much anticipated book I’M POSSIBLE:  A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream, https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250269645

Sharing inspirational thoughts, music and philosophies that has taken Dr. White to Mexico, South America, Europe, South East Asia and across the United States of America – with more engagements on the horizon.