A native of Recife, Brazil, Joseph Guimaraes immigrated to the United States with his family in 1998. He was introduced to classical music by his grandmother at the age of four and began studying the tuba at age fourteen.
Guimaraes is a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree candidate 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 Philip 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, and Jay Bertolet.
Guimaraes joined the United States Navy Concert and Ceremonial Band in Washington, D.C., in October of 2020, and the faculty at Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music as Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium in the Fall of 2021, where he teaches alongside Professor Bethany Wiese.
In 2017, he received the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans in recognition for his philanthropic efforts through his foundation, the Mouthpieces for All Initiative, garnering national praise and attention from The New York Times, The New American, The Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation, Yale University News, Yale University School of Music, Lynn University’s iPulse, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.