Dr. John DiCesare is the Principal Tubist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, as well Artist in Residence of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Washington. Previously, he was Principal Tuba of the Louisville Orchestra. DiCesare has performed with orchestras nationwide; notably the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony.
John is also an avid chamber musician and soloist. He is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Tuba Project and Iron City Brass Quintet. Iron City Brass was a quarter finalist in the Fischoff International Chamber competition at in 2012. John has played solos with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, University of Washington Wind Ensemble, Duquesne University Orchestra, Kent State Orchestra, and Wright State University Band. He has given recitals and judged competitions at many tuba conferences.
John also has a love for teaching, giving masterclasses at universities across the country. John has held teaching positions at The University of Puget Sound, Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Indiana University Southeast, and Campbellsville University.
John holds degrees from West Virginia University(DMA), Duquesne University(AD), and Kent State University(MM, and BM). His teachers include Craig Knox, Tom Lukowicz, and John Bottomley.
John performs on Meinl Weston instruments and is a Buffet Group Performnig Artist. His instruments are the 6450 Baer CC tuba and 2250 F tuba.
John resides in Seattle with his wife Amanda and dog Bentley.