About the School
Joseph Alvarez

Tuba/Euphonium
Phone: (813) 974-2311
Email: jalvare3@usf.edu

In the past two years, Mr. Joseph Alvarez has premiered two new tuba concertos with percussion with the McCormick Percussion Group – Tyler Kline’s Loam and Matthew Kennedy’s In Pursuit of Ghosts. His next project includes a premiere of a new work in 2020 by Matthew Kennedy entitled High Anxieties for contrabass tuba and piano.

Joseph Alvarez is the Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of South Florida and the principal tubist of the Venice Symphony and Imperial Symphony. Prior to that, he served as principal tubist of the Sinfonia da camera in Urbana, IL. Mr. Alvarez has performed with ensembles such as the Sarasota Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and Chicago-based new music collective dal niente. He has performed under the baton of conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Barry Wordsworth, Leonard Slatkin, James Gaffigan, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Larry Rachleff, Peter Oundjian, and Kristjan Jarvi.

His recent involvement with Detroit-based Sphinx, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of young Black and Latinx classical musicians have yielded two grants and highly- selective invitations to audition intensives and workshops. In 2018, Mr. Alvarez was a performing artist and adjudicator at the Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (SERTEC) in Tallahassee, FL.

With a passion for expanding the repertoire of the tuba and euphonium, Mr. Alvarez regularly programs his own arrangements on recitals. His arrangement of Prokofiev’s Five Songs Without Words is published through Cherry Classics.

Joseph Alvarez was the tuba fellow at the Music Academy of the West for three summers where he studied with Ralph Sauer and Mark Lawrence. He also served as the tuba fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra.

Mr. Alvarez holds degrees from the University of South Florida (BM), Northwestern University (MM), and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois. His primary teachers include Jay Hunsberger, Rex Martin, and Mark Moore.