A native of Recifé, Brazil, Joseph Augusto Guimaraes immigrated to Florida in 1998 and became a United States citizen in 2014. He started showing interest in classical music at the age of four and began studying the tuba at age nine. 

Mr. Guimaraes is a third-year Doctoral of Musical Arts student at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. While in Georgia, he served as the tubist for the Bulldog Brass Society Quintet under the coaching of Phil Smith. Joseph earned his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and his Bachelor of Music degree in tuba performance from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music. His teachers include David Zerkel, Carol Jantsch, Kenneth Amis, Jay Bertolet, and Sean Murray. 

Mr. Guimaraes is currently a member of the United States Navy Concert and Ceremonial Band in Washington, D.C.

In 2019, Joseph earned the silver medal in the artist division solo competition at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival. He also received the first-place prize at the 2017 NERTEC Solo Artist Competition held in Ithaca, NY.

In 2017, Mr. Guimaraes was one of thirty recipients of the highly coveted Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, receiving national recognition for his philanthropic efforts related to The Mouthpieces for All Initiative and Music Education.

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Joseph’s teaching style is as unique as he is. He can understand his students’ perspectives and experiences and uses this to most effectively communicate his pedagogical concepts.

He has an uncanny ability to give his students an intuitive understanding of tuba performance and musicality, yet also instills in them a very conscious and methodical control of the instrument. He accomplishes this through original and helpful analogies and deceptively simple practice techniques that immediately transfer to improvements on the horn.

It is evident that Joseph understands that a student’s complete comprehension of a subject supersedes the convenience of a quick fix. His attention to time management and his willingness and ability to simplify potentially challenging concepts allows his students to more quickly and efficiently improve.

He is willing to dive into detailed aspects of tuba pedagogy that most instructors often ignore, while simultaneously teaching us how to develop and implement ways to self-correct and subsequently grow our craft away from the Drum Corps activity.

“As a whole contra line, we are getting better and better every rehearsal. We all have a clear understanding of what is needed and expected from us. Not only does Joseph teach the material well, but he also teaches us life lessons along the way.” – Alfred Braza

Aside from the musical aspects of his teachings, Joseph is also a genuinely phenomenal mentor in any regard. Despite his career, he prides himself on being available to his students and in teaching them lessons that extend beyond just musical improvements.

The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, 2018 Contra/Tuba Section

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the members of the 2018 Cadets contra line for taking the time to put this together, thank you.

I’ve witnessed Joseph transform several students into well-rounded musicians. He is patient and well equipped to meet the individual needs of his students. His dedication to what he does is something I find especially astonishing. Joseph is always willing to help his students outside the lesson environment and beyond the scope of music. As a friend and colleague, he is equally invested, continually thinking of better ways to deal with seemingly adverse situations.
Eliud D. Garcia, Post Graduate Fellow for Music in Schools Initiative (2017-2018), Yale University School of Music Affiliated Program
“Joseph is a fantastic musician, teacher, and mentor. The most impressive part of working with Joseph is his commitment to professionalism and promoting professionalism in his students. His musical knowledge is deep, and his enthusiasm for working with students is strong. Being coached by Joseph was a pleasure and a privilege. Every coaching inspired us to work harder both as individuals and as an ensemble to create a more refined and moving product. Whenever we conquered a musical or technical challenge, Joseph always helped guide us to a new goal and raised the bar for how we performed.”
“Emma and the Dawgs,” UGA Undergraduate Brass Quintet
Seth Cope, Hunter Mills, Emma Dickinson, Brandon Shook, Kolyo Vanchev
Joseph Guimaraes is a world-class musician and educator. He has a wealth of musical knowledge which he shares effortlessly with the students at my school. His unique style of teaching keeps all of my student musicians engaged and excited about the lesson. His musicianship on the Tuba is awe-inspiring! I have worked with many professionals in my career and Joseph truly stands out as one of the very best in the business. It is truly a pleasure to have Joseph working with my students!
Jeremy Barns, Director of Bands at Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven, CT
Taking euphonium lessons with Joseph has been one of the most influential experiences for my musical development. Rather than trying to solve surface issues in my playing, he focuses on their root cause, resulting in exponential growth in all aspects of my music making. He does this while maintaining a professional and tolerant environment which has helped me grow.
Jacob Payne, Yale University, Architecture Major
My lessons with Joseph are much more than discussions about breathing and rhythm. His critical listening ability and aptitude to clearly and concisely share his thoughts have given me the tools necessary for self analyses. My musicality, technique and independence have greatly improved since starting weekly lessons with Joseph.
Josef Andrew Lawrence, Yale University, Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics Major
Joseph Guimaraes is one of the most musical tuba players I have heard in my five years of playing. He is humorous and engaging while still demanding a high level of preparation and musicality from me. I love our lessons together; he helps me with anything I need from musical things to helping me find my perfect first tuba. Joseph inspires me to keep pushing forward both on the tuba and in life. I hope to one day be a professional tuba player in an orchestra and I think our time together will help me get closer to achieving my goal. I have never had a teacher like Joseph, I see him as a mentor whom I can confide my most personal musical ideas. Thank you.
Aaron Sutherland, Wilbur Cross High School Tubist, Yale Music in Schools Initiative Participant
Having Joseph Guimaraes at The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach was an absolute pleasure. He was engaging and entertaining for our students while teaching them a number of important musical concepts.
Nicole Kukieza, Director of Winds and Percussion at The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach
Joseph Guimaraes reveals his virtuosity and passion for music with every note played. His tuba pedagogy will light up your entire classroom, and leave every student with a smile on their face.
John Provenzano, Director of Bands at Franklin Academy
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