Joseph A. Guimaraes was born in Recifé, Brazil, and proudly 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 the age of nine. Mr. Guimaraes is a 2017 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. As part of this lifetime award, Joseph was a recipient of an educational, and professional development stipend. He was awarded the first prize in the solo artist division competition of the 2017 North East Regional Tuba, and Euphonium Conference (NERTEC) held at Ithaca College, NY. He has also appeared as a featured soloist with the Florida Atlantic University Symphony Orchestra (2007, 2009), and with the Florida Atlantic University Wind Ensemble (2008).
The Mouthpieces for All Initiative
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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.
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.
Seth Cope, Hunter Mills, Emma Dickinson, Brandon Shook, Kolyo Vanchev