Jim Cipriano is the Adjunct Tuba and Euphonium Professor at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA. He previously held teaching positions at Hampton University, and the Armed Forces School of Music during his active duty Army Music career. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Music in Tuba Performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Jim is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland. Jim’s teachers include Dave Fedderly, Toby Hanks, Scott Mendoker, Michael Sanders, Pete DeBeau, David Finlayson, Steven Norrell, and Lee Hipp.
Jim is an active performer, presenting recitals and masterclasses around the United States. He has performed as a substitute tubist with the Virginia Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and Columbus (GA) Symphony. While living in Hampton Roads Virginia, Jim performs regularly with the Eastern Virginia Brass Quintet, the Tidewater Winds concert band, and the Virginia Wind Symphony. He previously held the Principal Tuba chairs with the Ludwig Symphony, Symphony in C, and New Jersey Pops, and was also the Principal EEb tuba with the Georgia Brass Band. Jim has performed solo recitals at the United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop, Southwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, the Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference.
He is married to Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosia String Quartet violinist Mayu Kuroda Cipriano, and they live in Norfolk, VA with their cats Velvet, Eddie, and Blackie. Mr. Cipriano is an Eastman Winds endorsing artist and performs on the EBC 836 CC, EBB 562 BBb, and EBF 864 F tubas.
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