Joseph Augusto Guimaraes was born in Recifé, Brazil and holds dual Brazilian and American citizenship. He began showing interest in classical music at the age of four and started studying the tuba at the age of nine. He is presently a master’s student at the Yale School of Music. Prior to his studies at Yale, Joseph obtained his bachelor’s degree in tuba performance from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.
During his bachelor’s degree study at Lynn University, he studied with Empire Brass Quintet tubist and educator Kenneth Amis. Joseph is currently a student of Philadelphia Orchestra tubist, Carol Jantsch.
Mr. Guimaraes is a 2017 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. As part of this lifetime fellowship, Joseph was a recipient of an educational, and professional development stipend.
Joseph is an active chamber musician whose ensembles have concertized throughout the United States and Canada. His groups have performed in chamber master classes for members of the Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Empire Brass Quintet, Dallas Brass Quintet, Center City Brass Quintet, Canadian Brass Quintet, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra among others.
Joseph has appeared as a featured soloist with the Florida Atlantic University Symphony Orchestra (2007, 2009), and with the Florida Atlantic University Wind Ensemble (2008).
Joseph was accepted as the principal tubist for the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra – Sapporo, Japan (2017), Chautauqua Music Festival – NY State (2017*, 2013), and AIMS Festival – Graz, Austria (2016*). While in Japan, Mr. Guimaraes had the chance to work with members of the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, The Metropolitan Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony and others. Joseph has performed in master classes given by Daniel Perantoni, David Cooper, David Kirk, Michael Grose, Øystein Baadsvik, Aaron Tindall, Eric Ruske, and Jay Hunsberger. Aside from his primary teachers, Joseph has also studied with Florida Atlantic University tuba Professor Sean Murray and former Florida Philharmonic tubist Jay Bertolet.
Mr. Guimaraes 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.
Joseph has performed with groups such as The Yale Philharmonia, The Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Boca Raton Symphonia, Lynn Philharmonia, Orchestra Miami, Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra, and Orchid City Brass Band. He has performed under the baton of conductors Valery Gergiev, Jun Märkl, Heiichiro Ohyama, Daniel Matsukawa, Peter Oundjian, Giancarlo Guerrero, Chelsea Tipton II, Guillermo Figueroa, Timothy Muffitt, Vlad Vizireanu, Jon Robertson, Jerry Junkin, Ray Cramer, and H. Robert Reynolds.
Aside from his engagements in classical music, Joseph keeps a busy schedule as a guest clinician in the marching arts. Joseph is presently the assistant to Yale director of bands Thomas Duffy. In this role, he spends time running sectionals, rehearsals, giving private lessons and supervising logistical aspects of public performances for both the Yale Wind Ensemble and the Yale Precision Marching Band “YPMB”. He marched with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006, 2008, 2010, and with the Spirit from Jacksonville State University Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005. Joseph was most recently hired as part of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps brass team and will be teaching the corps during their 2018 winter camps and part of the competitive season. He has worked with such groups as the Cadets (2012), the University of New Haven Marching Band, Florida International University Indoor Winds, Charles W. Flanagan High School, John I. Leonard High School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and others.
Joseph is an active advocate of music education and its positive impact on the human condition. He hopes to one day contribute to a national reform of the current music education status quo. As a more recent endeavor, Mr. Guimaraes has taken up university lecturing engagements to educate future university graduates of the power, and social responsibility held within the artists. Joseph has lectured at The University of New Haven and is scheduled to lecture at The University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music in October 2017 and Lynn University Conservatory of Music in 2018.
Mr. Guimaraes has been featured in articles by The New York Times, The Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation, Yale University News, Yale University School of Music, CNN Money, Lynn University’s iPulse, and the Chronicle of Higher Education publication.
In 2015 Mr. Guimaraes launched his company The Valve Beanie and founded The Mouthpieces For All Initiative. The Mouthpieces for All Initiative (TMPFAI) is a project whose mission is to donate musical tools to underserved members of our local and global community with which they may develop a stronger sense of hope, empowerment, and self-worth through engagement in the performing arts. With the help and support of renowned mouthpiece maker Terry Warburton, TMPFAI was able to send its first mouthpiece aid package to Recifé, Brazil in May of 2016. Since then TMPFAI has donated over ten thousand dollars worth of equipment to students both in the United States and abroad.
In keeping with Mr. Guimaraes’s mission of music education, he serves as a teaching artist with the Music in Schools Initiative program associated with the Yale School of Music.
Mr. Guimaraes is also an avid conductor who has worked with groups such as the Lynn University Philharmonia and The Florida Mandolin Orchestra. Joseph was appointed the musical directorship of The Florida Mandolin Orchestra in 2014 where he stayed until his moving to Connecticut in 2016. Joseph is especially proud of his collaboration with renowned Igor Stravinsky scholar David Noon during the 2015 New Music Festival, and the 2016 Stravinsky Symposium; both hosted by Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music.
* Indicates festivals not attended.