Dr. John DiCesare serves as the Principal Tubist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and holds the title of Artist in Residence of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Washington. DiCesare’s musical journey includes notable performances with esteemed orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony. During the recent summer season, he participated in the Grand Teton Music Festival. Previously, he held the position of Principal Tuba with the Louisville Orchestra.
Beyond his orchestral engagements, John is a dedicated chamber musician and soloist. He has showcased his solo talents with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra, University of Washington Wind Ensemble, Duquesne University Orchestra, Kent State Orchestra, and Wright State University Band. John’s artistic endeavors have also led him to present recitals at ITEA conferences throughout the nation.
John’s enthusiasm for education is evident through his active involvement in teaching. He frequently imparts his knowledge by conducting masterclasses at universities across the country. His teaching background features appointments at The University of Puget Sound, Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Indiana University Southeast, and Campbellsville University.
John’s academic achievements include degrees from West Virginia University (DMA), Duquesne University (AD), and Kent State University (MM, and BM). His mentors include Craig Knox, Tom Lukowicz, and John Bottomley.
An accomplished instrumentalist, John is proud to perform on Meinl Weston instruments and is a Buffet Group Performing Artist. He plays the 6450 Baer CC tuba and 2250 F tuba.
Outside the realm of music, John finds joy in Seattle alongside his wife Mandy and their dog Bentley.