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GS04 KEYNOTE: I’m Possible: The Power of Overcoming, Resilience & Determination

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM PT
Friday, October 22

As we leave DevLearn 2021 we return to a workplace in transition. The “new normal” of work is still being defined, adding weight and pressure to the challenge of supporting people through these changes. To meet and overcome these challenges, we will need to build our personal resilience and determination.

For our closing keynote we are pleased to welcome Richard White, author of the book I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream. During this keynote Dr. White will share his inspirational story of a Baltimore kid who battled multiple challenges and cultural barriers including intermittent homelessness, and went on to become the first African American in the world to receive a doctorate of music in tuba. Join us to hear his remarkable story of perseverance and possibility, and gain practical tips on how to be more resilient in your own work.

Richard White

Professor of Tuba/Euphonium

University of New Mexico

Tubist Richard White, who is known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility, has performed on classical music stages for more than two decades. He began his tuba studies at age 12 at The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, where he graduated with honors. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University. He was the first African American in the world to receive a doctorate in music for tuba performance.

For seven years, he served as principal tubist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 he was named principal tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic. In addition, he is the principal tubist of The Santa Fe Symphony.

Dr. White is a professor of tuba/euphonium at the University of New Mexico. He 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., and the Music in the Mountains festival in Durango, CO. He has recorded with such greats as movie film composer John Williams, Cincinnati Pops conductor Eric Kunzel, and the late great wind ensemble conductor Frederik Fennell.

He is the author of the memoir, I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream, and was featured in the inspirational documentary, R.A.W. Tuba.