Screening Jan 23rd to Feb 2

R. A. W. Tuba: Virtual Screening and Conversation with Dr. Richard White

Presented in partnership by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. All donations will benefit the organizations' youth music programs.


R. A. W. Tuba: From Sandtown to Symphony centers on the life of the renowned tubist Dr. Richard Antoine White (R. A. W.), who rose from being homeless in Baltimore to being the first African American to earn a doctor of music degree in tuba performance and winning positions as principal tuba for the Santa Fe Symphony and New Mexico Philharmonic.


January 23 to February 2

Stream the film at your convenience.


Access to screen the film has been extended through February 2!

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This heartfelt and inspiring story reminds us of the transformative power of music. Our two organizations, dedicated to providing music and performance education for students in northern New Mexico, share this story with you to uplift your own sense of hope and possibility. We invite you to join us in making music a lifeline for kids in New Mexico.

R. A. W. Tuba: From Sandtown to Symphony

R. A. W. Tuba is a documentary about a Baltimore child who experienced intermittent homelessness but went on to become a world-class symphony musician and professor.


As a child, Richard Antoine White (R. A. W.) slept wherever he could, sometimes in abandoned rowhomes where he was chewed on by rats during his sleep.


Now in his 40s, he still has those scars across his abdomen. But despite enormous challenges, he went on to become the first African American to receive a doctor of music degree in tuba performance, which he earned at one of the most prestigious music schools in the country. 


Richard is now a tenured professor at the University of New Mexico and the principal tubist for the Santa Fe Symphony and New Mexico Philharmonic, which is in and of itself an Olympian-level accomplishment. 



Free Zoom Conversation with the Film’s Star, Tubist Richard White


Join us for this live conversation with Dr. Richard White, Leanne DeVane, Andrea Cassutt, and several local students to discuss the film, answer questions viewers have submitted, and respond to questions asked live by attendees.

Live-Event Guest and Speaker Profiles

Richard White

DM in Tuba Performance

Principal Tuba for the Santa Fe Symphony and New Mexico Philharmonic​

Renowned Tuba Musician

With more than two decades’ worth of experience performing on the world’s classical music stages, tubist Richard White has matured into a musician known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility.  


Growing up, Dr. White studied with Ed Goldstein at the Baltimore School for the Arts and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s then-principal tuba, David Fedderly. On the advice of Mr. Fedderly, Dr. White pursued his graduate studies with Daniel Perantoni at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and eventually earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees.  


Today Dr. White serves as principal tuba for the Santa Fe Symphony and New Mexico Philharmonic and as an associate professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of New Mexico. Visit his website to learn more.

Richard White

Andrea Cassutt

Andrea is Executive Director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, where she leads SFYSA in building relationships, providing extraordinary education and performance opportunities for kids, creating reference points for excellence, and bringing the community together through music.




The Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1994. It offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities in multiple genres for hundreds of children in more than 40 Santa Fe–area schools every year. SFYSA’s programs include four youth orchestras, which serve children of different ages and with different levels of experience; a youth jazz ensemble; a youth mariachi ensemble; a youth chamber music ensemble for strings, winds, brass, and percussion; a monthly master class series called Inspired by Excellence; and the award-winning Elementary Strings program, which offers after-school string-instrument instruction in public and private elementary schools. SFYSA provides instruments for its Elementary Strings students free of charge, and it offers all its programs on a sliding-scale basis. For more information, visit

Leanne DeVane

Leanne is the Director of Education and Outreach for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, where she oversees multiple vital music education programs for youth in grades Pre-K–12 throughout northern New Mexico, making sure all kids have access to enjoying and benefiting from music education and the futures it makes possible.



Founded in 1972, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is today one of the world’s preeminent music festivals. Guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, the Festival demonstrates the depth and breadth of the chamber music repertoire through high-level programming and performances. Under the leadership of Executive Director Steven Ovitsky and Artistic Director Marc Neikrug, the Festival invites both distinguished seasoned musicians and acclaimed emerging artists to perform during its six-week summer season. The Festival also upholds a commitment to the musical needs of northern New Mexico’s youth through year-round educational programming. With Music in Our Schools, Strings in Our Schools, Guitar in Our Schools, and the Dream Big Private Lesson Program, students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 can participate in direct instrumental instruction as well as in intensive chamber music appreciation experiences. For more information about the Festival’s education programs, visit


The 29-minute film will be shown January 23–February 2, 2021.


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The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association’s free presentation of the film R. A. W. Tuba and its live, follow-up conversation with Dr. White is made possible thanks, in part, to a generous Special and Urgent Needs (SUN) Grant from the Santa Fe Community Foundation. The organizations also thank Enterprise Bank & Trust for their generous longtime support of both organizations’ music education and performance programs. If you would like to become an event sponsor, please contact Cece Derringer, Director of Development for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Presented in partnership by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. All donations will benefit the organizations' youth music programs.