About the School
Joseph Alvarez

Phone: (813) 974-2311
Email: jalvare3@mail.usf.edu

Recent highlights for tubist Joseph Alvarez include performances with the Sarasota Orchestra,Sarasota Ballet, and Sarasota Circus and can soon be heard on the upcoming CD release—“ARISE”—featuring the music of Ola Gjeilo by the Key Chorale.

Joseph Alvarez is the Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of South Florida and the principal tubist of the Imperial Symphony in Lakeland where he began in 2016.Before that, he served as principal tubist of the Sinfonia da camera in Urbana, IL from 2014-2016. Mr. Alvarez has performed with ensembles such as the 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.

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 in Santa Barbara, CA in 2011, 2012, and 2013 where he studied with Ralph Sauer and Mark Lawrence. He also served as the tuba fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO in 2010.

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.