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

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

R.A.W. Tuba: From Sandtown to Symphony is presented in Partnership by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association.
All funds 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 Doctorate of Music in Tuba Studies and winning major positions with multiple symphony orchestras, including the Santa Fe Symphony and New Mexico Philharmonic.
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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 sfysa.org.