Department of Music


John DiCesare
Applied Faculty, Tuba

Music & Communication Building

As winner of the 2012 Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition, Pittsburgh-based tubist John DiCesare is respected as a versatile musician - equally at home in the teaching studio as well as on major stages. DiCesare is currently the Adjunct Professor of Tuba at Ohio's Kent State University and Adjunct professor of Tuba at Cleveland State University. DiCesare received a Bachelor of Music Education and Master's degree in Tuba Performance from Kent State University, and an Artist Diploma certificate from Duquesne University. While in attendance at Kent State University, DiCesare held the position of Graduate Assistant of Tuba and Bands.

DiCesare performs regularly with orchestras both in the Pittsburgh area and nationwide. Currently, he serves as
Principal Tubist for the Westmoreland symphony orchestra. Notably, DiCesare has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, Pittsburgh Opera, Canton Symphony Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Band, the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Circle Orchestra, as well as a variety of regional orchestras. In the past year, DiCesare was the runner-up for the Chicago Lyric Opera, a finalist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, a semi-finalist for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and a semi-finalist for the New World Symphony.

DiCesare performs regularly with the Iron City Brass Quintet, as soloist with orchestras, and in recital. In 2012 Iron City Brass was named a quartet-finalist in the prestigious Fischoff Competition. Recent orchestral engagements include the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra and Kent State University Orchestra, as well as the Strauss Horn Concerto with the Kent State Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble.
DiCesare has studied with Tom Lukowicz, John Bottomley and Craig Knox, principal tubist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He makes his home in Pittsburgh with wife Amanda

Start date 08/26/2013

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Music
2121 Euclid Avenue, MU 332
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Music and Communication
Building, Room 332
2001 Euclid Avenue
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Phone: 216.687.5039
Fax: 216.687.9279
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